CFO News and Updates

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]