CFO News and Updates

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    Making a Difference segment focuses on mothers’ connection

    Last week’s “Making a Difference – Stories of Hope and Help” segment on KSMU is well worth a listen. After losing her young son to cancer, Karen Catt found solace by supporting other families fighting for their kids’ health and creating lasting bonds with Amanda Estrada among others. It aired March 10 on KSMU; a longer […]

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

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with The Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $250,000 on Feb. 23 to 18 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri. The 2016 Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program featured representatives of the agencies receiving grants, who made comments about the needs […]

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    Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri changes name to Joplin Regional Community Foundation

    Board members of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri voted unanimously Jan. 27 to change the foundation’s name to the Joplin Regional Community Foundation in an effort to better represent its current area of focus and its mission of improving the quality of life for citizens in the greater Joplin area. The Joplin Regional Community […]

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    Nearly $1.25 million in scholarships 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 $1.25 million, up from about $1.1 million awarded in the […]

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    New Funds Friday: Jan. 22

    As often as possible, we like to share the news of new groups and individuals choosing to make philanthropic gifts and investments in their community. You can read more about types of funds available at CFO here. Click here for a full list of non-profit Agency Partners. For more information on fund types and how […]

  • Funders tour The Fairbanks, learn about northwest Springfield

    Members of the CFO’s Funders Forum toured The Fairbanks this week to get a first-hand look at the progress being made to renovate the 110-year-old school building into a neighborhood center for the Grant Beach area in northwest Springfield. Amy Blansit, who purchased the building and is the visionary behind its development, took about 30 […]

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    CFO awards first Collective Impact grants to four initiatives

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded its first-ever Metro Springfield Collective Impact grants Jan. 7. The Collective Impact is a new cycle in the 2015-16 Metro Springfield grantmaking program. Four projects were selected from among 12 applications to receive nearly $120,000 in funding. This new grant cycle was designed to encourage collaborative partnerships to […]

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    FY 2015 Annual Report now online

    If you didn’t receive a print copy of our annual report in the mail, you are welcome to download it (and other CFO publications) from our publications page. Please note that because of the size of the file, it has been split into two sections. The FY15 report highlights the CFO’s “Facets of Philanthropy,” the many ways […]

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    IRA Charitable Rollover made permanent

    Today marked a major achievement for the foundation world, as President Obama signed the IRA Charitable Rollover into permanent law. Council on Foundations President Vikki Spruill described it this way:   Today we celebrate a major victory for community foundations and your donors. The charitable “tax extenders” are no longer “extenders” that must be reinstated each year, but […]

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    CFO awards $20,000 in classroom innovation grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $20,000 in grants to 10 schools in Springfield and Greene County for innovative classroom projects. Schools in Springfield, Ash Grove, Fair Grove, Logan-Rogersville and Willard received the grants, which are designed to support teachers with innovative project ideas. The projects ranged from technology enhancements to adding life-skills training […]

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    Larson honored as 2015 Humanitarian

    Kurt Larson, a Springfield attorney who founded the “Safe and Sober Prom Night” campaign and has devoted countless hours to its success and expansion over 12 years, was honored as the 2015 Humanitarian Award recipient on Dec. 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Larson founded the program in Springfield Public Schools 12 years ago when he recognized the […]