CFO News and Updates

  • 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, […]

  • Upcoming Events for Agency Partners

    Learn about the 2018–2019 competitive grant cycles Join us at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, for a one-hour event at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for agency partner representatives. Vice President of Programs Bridget Dierks will outline grant opportunities for the 2019 fiscal year available to both rural and Springfield-Greene County agency partners. […]

  • Give Joplin Day 2018

    Final Totals for Give Joplin Day 2018

    Give Joplin Day 2018 raised a final total of $32,013.35 for 18 nonprofit organizations in the Joplin area. The one-day online giving campaign, held July 19, was hosted by Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Joplin Regional Community Foundation awarded a total of $4,300 in prizes to agencies with the […]

  • CFO announces 2018-19 grant cycles

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2018-19 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant program includes a new round focusing on diversity and inclusion issues. This program seeks to achieve positive impact with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity […]

  • Donor Central login changes now in effect

    Community Foundation of the Ozarks seeks to stay ahead of the changing landscape of cybersecurity. Blackbaud, our technology partner, will be instituting a change to the DonorCentral login on the morning of Monday, June 25, 2018.   CFO wants to prepare you for these changes by providing you an overview of the new login experience. No action […]

  • CFO celebrates 45th anniversary with grants, videos, milestones

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is celebrating its 45th anniversary this month by awarding special one-time grants and marking several key milestones achieved this year. The 2018 milestones celebrated at the annual donor dinner on June 20 include: Reaching $350 million in total grants and distributions since the CFO’s inception in 1973; Exceeding $5 […]

  • Springfield YEP students award $1,800 in grants

    This spring, high school students from the Springfield chapter of the CFO Youth Empowerment Project awarded more than $1,800 in grants to nonprofits serving area children, families and students. The members made all of the grantmaking decisions through a formal application-and-review process. The 2018 YEP Grant recipients were: The Child Advocacy Center, $286.50 FosterAdopt Connect, $500 […]

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  • Latest “Making a Difference” segment highlights hope born of The Northwest Project

    Photo caption, from left: Mike Smith, Ginger Ramirez and Kristina Wilmoth share stories and highlights of The Northwest Project, now entering its third year.   The most recent “Making a Difference” segment from KSMU radio’s Mike Smith focuses on the second anniversary of The Northwest Project, the CFO’s $1.3 million initiative to lift families in […]