CFO News and Updates

  • CFO announces 2019–20 grant cycles

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2019–20 grantmaking program for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. The CFO will provide about $1.35 million in grantmaking opportunities, much of which will be available in competitive grant cycles open to nonprofit proposals. After a successful introduction last year, the […]

  • Remembering Bill Stalnaker

    Springfield lost a tremendous community champion when Bill Stalnaker passed away on June 12. Bill worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 39 years at locations across the country, first in West Virginia and ultimately in Springfield, where he spent 17 years as its executive director. He then dedicated his leadership to The Kitchen, […]

  • Southern Missouri Recovery Fund

    CFO accepting disaster recovery donations

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting donations to support community recovery efforts from the tornado and flooding damage related to this week’s storms. A series of tornados, followed by flooding, affected a large region of southwest Missouri Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the hardest-hit communities in the CFO’s service region are Ozark, Rogersville, Willard, […]

  • Recipients of the 2019 Coover Regional and Place-Based Education grants

    CFO and Commerce Trust announce 2019 Coover grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $320,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 16 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects dedicated to place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. The 2019 Coover Regional […]

  • Ozarks Teacher Corps Logo

    New report details positive impact of Ozarks Teacher Corps

    A new study shows participants in a Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ scholarship program to develop rural educators have a 92 percent placement rate, with three-quarters of them still teaching in the districts they joined after graduation and most planning to continue their careers in a rural setting. These are among the key findings in […]

  • Jonathan Scales, board president of Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, speaks during the CFO’s 2019 Endowment Match Challenge grant presentation at Q Enoteca in Springfield, Mo., on Friday, March 29.

    Twelve nonprofit agencies complete 2019 Endowment Match Challenge

    Twelve nonprofit agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks have successfully completed the 2019 Endowment Match Challenge. The matching grants from the CFO were presented to the agencies during a luncheon at Q Enoteca on March 29. Aspire Scholarship Program (Joplin) Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri (Joplin) Cabool Education Foundation Chadwick […]

  • Group photo of 2019 Senior Mental Health grant recipients

    CFO awards new Senior Mental Health grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $40,000 in five Senior Mental Health grants for projects designed to improve the lives of senior citizens in Springfield and Greene County. The grants were awarded Wednesday, March 6, at Northview Center. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are intended to tackle senior citizen […]

  • 2019 Collective Impact grant recipients full group photo

    CFO awards 2019 Collective Impact Grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $120,000 in five Collective Impact grants to advance projects that use nonprofit collaboration to address “red-flag” issues. The grants were awarded Thursday, Jan. 31, at Messiah Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center, one of the recipient agencies. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are […]

  • CFO selects nonprofit agencies for 2019 Endowment Match Challenge

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has selected 12 nonprofit agency partners to participate in the 2019 Endowment Match Challenge. Each will have until Feb. 28 to raise at least $10,000 for permanent endowment funds, to be matched by a $5,000 grant from the CFO. A total of $60,000 is available, which will aid these […]

  • Judy Hadsall and Brian Fogle announce no-interest loan program.

    CFO and Multipli CU announce no-interest loan program for federal employees

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Multipli Credit Union are partnering on a program to offer no-interest loans to federal employees in a seven-county region affected by the partial government shutdown. Beginning Jan. 14, federal workers who are not receiving paychecks can apply for a no-interest loan of up to $1,500, with repayment terms […]

  • Photo of the CFO's Diversity and Inclusion grant recipients

    Six projects receive inaugural Diversity and Inclusion grants

    On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $60,000 for six grants for collaborative community projects through its inaugural Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Program. The goal of the new grant program is to bring awareness of diversity and inclusion issues to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life […]