CFO News and Updates

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    Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help focuses on GRO intiative

    The latest segment in our “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” series with KSMU’s Mike Smith is this super-sized edition about our Growth in the Rural Ozarks economic development program. It’s a conversation between our president, Brian Fogle, and Hrishue Mahalaha of Innovation Economy Partners, who facilitates GRO in the program towns of Sarcoxie, Salem […]

  • Workshop aims to support recovery from historic spring flooding

    The CFO is partnering with the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund to host a workshop for emergency managers, civic, nonprofit and government leaders from south-central Missouri and northern Arkansas working to help communities recover from the devastating spring flooding across the region. About 60 recovery leaders are […]

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    2017-18 CFO grant cycles announced

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2017-18 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant program includes a new partnership between the CFO, the Darr Family Foundation and the Musgrave Foundation. The Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative will focus on kindergarten […]

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    The Rivers Run Through

    The freshly rehabilitated floor of the Thomasville Community Center gymnasium simply gleamed, as if it could beam with pride in the old building’s new life. Even in rubber-soled shoes, our crew practically tip-toed, cringing at scuffing the surface with a makeshift podium, projector stand, portable screen and potted ferns to cover the jangle of cords […]

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    Ashley Silva joins CFO staff

    Ashley Silva has joined the Community Foundation of the Ozarks as its Director of Regional Advancement and Operations. Silva is a native of Springfield and attended Oklahoma State University, earning a B.A. in Journalism & Broadcasting/Public Relations. She joins the CFO from The Dallas Foundation in Dallas, Texas, where she spent 10 years working in […]

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    Final totals for Give Ozarks Day

    Give Ozarks 2017 raised a final total of $1,397,147.64 for more than 240 nonprofit agencies across the region. This final total reflects online gifts, offline donations made at events and activities before or on the May 9 Give Ozarks Day, prizes, and endowment matching funds. The 2017 total is $211,000 more than the final 2016 […]

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    Give Ozarks raises record donations for 240 nonprofits

    Give Ozarks raised $1,212,647 as of midnight for more than 240 nonprofits across the region. The amount of money displayed on the Give Ozarks site (giveozarks.org) is the preliminary total. Agencies can submit any money raised during Tuesday’s Give Ozarks events and activities by Thursday; that money, and final cumulative prizes, will be added Friday […]

  • Additional charitable funds open to support southern Missouri’s recovery from historic flooding

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate foundations are accepting tax-deductible donations for community flood recovery funds to support areas of southern Missouri areas severely affected by this week’s historic flooding. Charitable donations for flood recovery will be used to support 501(c)3 nonprofits, including human services, faith, education and civic organizations, that work […]

  • CFO opens community flood-recovery funds in four hard-hit regions

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate foundations are opening community flood recovery funds for several of the southern Missouri areas most severely affected by this week’s historic flooding. Charitable donations for flood recovery will be used to support 501(c)3 nonprofits, including equivalent faith and education institutions, that will work directly to help […]

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    Community Foundation of West Plains establishes Flood Recovery Fund

      The Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc., today established the West Plains Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund for donors interested in supporting mid- to long-term community recovery from the recent historic flooding. Contributions can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. […]

  • The Northwest Project reports on first year of grant

    The first year of The Northwest Project indicates the initial participants achieved significant progress toward economic self-sufficiency and increased income, along with improvements in health and wellness, housing stability and life skills. In addition, NWP resources have provided benefit to the wider Grant Beach neighborhood and created a culture of volunteer and in-kind support that […]