CFO News and Updates

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • New Funds Friday: Dec. 4

    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 […]

  • Stories of Hope and Help features Carthage Crisis Center mainstays

    This year, the CFO and longtime partner KSMU are putting a new spin on our annual Making a Difference series. Yesterday the December edition of Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, aired on KSMU. Produced by KSMU’s Mike Smith and inspired by NPR’s popular Story Corps segments, which typically feature two individuals having a one-on-one discussion, Stories […]

  • CFSWMO grants $500,000 from Joplin Recovery Fund to Joplin Medical School Alliance

    Caption: (From left) Joplin Medical School Alliance President Larry McIntire and Fundraising Committee Chairman Rudy Farber receive a Joplin Recovery Fund grant of $500,000 from Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., Board Chair Don Gould and board members Nancy Good and Bill Lee. The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri today presented a $500,000 grant to the […]

  • Community Foundation of Rogersville established as a CFO affiliate

    The Community Foundation of Rogersville has been established as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The CFO’s 49th affiliate foundation was seeded with a generous donation of $30,000 from Steve and Kirsten Brallier, which creates a permanent endowment fund for the Community Foundation of Rogersville. “We wanted to try to jumpstart this […]

  • Kurt Larson named 2015 Humanitarian Award winner

    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, has been named the 2015 Humanitarian Award recipient. Larson will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. He founded […]