CFO News and Updates

  • Classroom Innovation grant deadline extended

    Today’s deadline for the Springfield-Greene County Classroom Innovation grant applications has been extended for one week to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. K-12 teachers at Greene County public or private schools are eligible to apply for these grants to fund innovative classroom projects. The applications may request up to $2,500 for projects that foster […]

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    CFO’s Moe Sandfort announces his retirement

    Moe Sandfort, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Senior Advisor for Philanthropy for the East Region based in Cape Girardeau, has announced his retirement effective Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. A longtime banker, Sandfort was hired in 2015 as the Springfield-based CFO’s first staff member serving the foundation’s east region. The CFO will maintain its east […]

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    Hearld Ambler named 2016 Humanitarian

    Hearld Ambler, whose long record of community service includes helping senior citizens prepare tax returns for the past 27 years, has been named the 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient. Ambler will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. Ambler was nominated by the SeniorAge Area Agency on […]

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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 […]