CFO News and Updates

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    Five receive Springfield-Greene County Community Innovation grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $50,000 in Metro Springfield Community Innovation grants to five projects on Friday, Nov. 10. The grant recipients are: Springfield Community Gardens: $12,000 to train backyard growers and urban farmers how to increase production. Stars for Autism: $4,500 to expand its “Autism Info-Blast” project to include training seminars and […]

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    Stories of Hope and Help gets the YEP treatment

    The subject of the most recent “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segment with KSMU radio’s Mike Smith is the Youth Empowerment Project of Ozark (YEPO). For the last 14 years YEPO, one of the earliest chapters of the CFO’s Youth Empowerment Project, has promoted philanthropy at Ozark High School, with its primary […]

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    Humanitarian Award Applications Accepted

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 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 27th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. The deadline for nominations […]

  • CFO welcomes three new board members

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes three new members and a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

  • Michael Chatman accepts Executive Director position with Cape Coral Community Foundation

    The CFO would like to extend its congratulations and appreciation to Michael Chatman, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, who has accepted the position of Executive Director with the Cape Coral Community Foundation, based in Cape Coral, Fla. For the past several years, Michael has grown and overseen the CFO’s network of 49 affiliate foundations, including satellite offices in […]

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    GRO lays framework for progress in Marshfield, Salem, Sarcoxie

    This column appeared in the Springfield News-Leader on July 26, 2016. You can read it on their website here. “Where is the grass greenest?” “Where it’s watered.” This spin on an old adage is something Hrishue Mahalaha, Senior Partner for JumpStart Inc., likes to say when helping groups focus on the most important priorities. It […]

  • Rural Schools program featured in Washington Monthly

    The Washington Monthly publishes an online journal devoted to philanthropic topics from a nonpartisan perspective. The CFO was invited to write a piece about the innovative practices used by our Rural Schools Partnership, which are aimed at strengthening rural schools. The CFO is committed to sustaining rural education for many reasons, including the fact that […]

  • Competitive grant cycles open for 2016-17

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2016-17 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant program includes one new cycle. The Metropolitan Springfield “Play, Learn, Grow” Early Childhood Program will make a total of $20,000 available (up to $5,000 per recipient) to […]

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    CFO’s Jan Horton, Suzy Gray featured on June Making a Difference segment

    The first two employees of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks – now-President Emeritus Jan Horton and current Chief Financial Officer Suzy Gray – were the focus of June’s “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segement on KSMU. KSMU’s Mike Smith hosted a conversation between the pair, who began working together in spring […]

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    CFO board member Dusty Shaw passes away

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of longtime CFO board member and south-central Missouri rural advocate Dusty Shaw. The 2009 Humanitarian (along with brother William) for his work restoring the historic community school in Thomasville, Mo., Dusty was a strong voice for philanthropy and fiscal responsibility, and one of our most active […]

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    Community Foundation of the Ozarks announces Growth in the Rural Ozarks program

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks this week announced the cities of Marshfield, Salem and Sarcoxie as the three Missouri communities to receive its first-ever economic development grant. These communities are the inaugural participants in the Growth in the Rural Ozarks (GRO) program, a three-year initiative co-funded by the CFO and the U.S. Department of […]