CFO News and Updates

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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 […]

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    CFO, Commerce Trust award $250,000 in Coover Grants to rural nonprofits

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $250,000 on Tuesday, April 11. The grants were awarded to 19 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant recipients were selected from among 122 proposals that totaled $1.775 million in requested funding. The […]

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    Judy Cantoni hired to serve eastern Missouri affiliates

    Longtime Cape Girardeau executive manager Judy Cantoni will join the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to run its office in Cape Girardeau, which serves the eastern Missouri region. Cantoni joined the CFO staff in March as Associate of Regional Advancement – East Region. After spending two weeks at the CFO’s main office in Springfield, Cantoni […]

  • Collective Impact grants awarded to five partnerships

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded five grants totaling $120,000 for collaborative projects in Springfield-Greene County. This is the second year for the Collective Impact grants, which are intended to encourage collaborative proposals to address community goals and issues. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have made unrestricted or […]

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    Making a Difference segment focuses on Coover grant program

    The subject of the most recent “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segment with KSMU radio’s Mike Smith is the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. Because of the generosity of Mrs. Coover, the CFO, in cooperation with The Commerce Trust, operates the Coover Charitable Regional Grantmaking Program. A longtime employee of Commerce […]

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    CFO scholarships now open for application

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities. This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.45 million, up from about $1.25 million awarded in the […]

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    First Give Ozarks deadlines approaching

    The CFO is back at work planning the third Give Ozarks Day, which will be held in communities across the region on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. We couldn’t be more excited to continue promoting philanthropy and giving across the Ozarks! Two key deadlines are approaching: Friday, Jan. 27: This is the deadline for nonprofits to […]

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    BCFO receives $500,000 to match gifts for endowment at CFO

    Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) has received a $500,000 donation from Charlie and Mary Beth O’Reilly. This gift will be used as a 100 percent match to allow other donors to create designated funds at Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) to benefit BCFO in the years ahead. For every donor who sets up […]

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    CFO awards $20,000 in inaugural Early Childhood grant round

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $20,000 in Play, Learn, Grow Early Childhood grants to four early-childhood providers on Friday, Dec. 16. These grants are intended to help purchase imaginative play equipment for Pre-K programs that serve low-income families. The grant recipients, receiving $5,000 each, were: Life 360 Early Childhood Center at The Fairbanks Lighthouse […]

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    CFO position posted for East Region

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting applications for an Associate of Regional Advancement to manage advancement activities in the eastern Missouri region centered in Cape Girardeau. The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop strong relationships with affiliate foundations, nonprofit agency partners, and donors; understanding of philanthropy in rural communities; willingness and […]

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    Hearld Ambler honored as 2016 Humanitarian

    Hearld Ambler, whose long record of community service includes helping senior citizens prepare tax returns for the past 27 years, was honored Dec. 8 as the 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient at a luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. Ambler was nominated by the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging and the Senior Foundation of the […]