CFO News and Updates

  • 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 […]

  • Dr. Tricia Derges named 2018 Humanitarian

    Dr. Tricia Derges has been named the 2018 Humanitarian Award recipient for her work with Lift Up Someone Today, a medical mission for individuals and families in need. She will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Bond Learning Center at the Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield. Tickets are […]

  • Disaster PREP Grants Awarded to Five Affiliates

    Earlier this year, the CFO was awarded $45,000 to make the Natural Disaster PREP Initiative grants available to our affiliate foundations, made possible through The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Five affiliate foundations representing the Cape Girardeau, Lake of the Ozarks, Hermann, Joplin and Ozark Foothills areas were selected to receive grant funding […]

  • Jewell Thompson Schweitzer presents the 2017 Humanitarian Award

    Nomination period now open for the 2018 Humanitarian Award 

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 29th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. Mrs. Schweitzer passed away in April. Click here to read […]

  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes new FY18 board members

              The Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes five new members and a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors for the 2018–19 fiscal year that began July 1. Directors on the 21-member board can serve up to two three-year terms. The new board members are: Debra Shantz Hart, […]