CFO News and Updates

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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 […]

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    Give Ozarks raises more than $1.04 million in 24 hours

    The final online total for Give Ozarks 2016 was $1,041,456.73 through midnight Tuesday, May 3. The total number of online gifts was 11,804. The final total will be announced Friday afternoon, May 6. Participating agencies have until 5 p.m. Thursday to turn into the Community Foundation of the Ozarks any cash or checks collected during […]

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    CFO awards grant for The Northwest Project

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has awarded a five-year grant for up to $1.3 million to address poverty in northwest Springfield to a partnership led by Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University. The partnership was selected by a volunteer grant committee through a competitive process that began last fall. Major […]

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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 […]