CFO News and Updates

  • 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 […]

  • Metro Springfield Classroom Innovation grant applications due Friday

    A reminder to teachers and administrators at public and private schools in Greene County: Applications for our Classroom Innovation grant round are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Proposals for projects of up to $2,500 will be accepted from teachers who would like to implement an innovative project in their classroom. Click here for […]

  • 130 young philanthropists attend annual YEP Conference

    Students who participate in the CFO’s Youth Empowerment Project came from across the Ozarks for the annual fall conference to learn and share how they apply the four YEP tenets of service, fundraising, grantmaking, and education. YEP is a program to encourage philanthropy among high school and middle school students; there are about 37 chapters […]

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  • CFO welcomes Barton County as 48th affiliate foundation

    The CFO welcomed its 48th affiliate today at a reception in Lamar for the new Barton County Community Foundation. Board members for the BCCF invited community leaders to a light lunch reception to meet several CFO staff members, including President Brian Fogle.

  • CFO’s Fogle named to new Federal Reserve advisory council

    We are very proud to announce that our President and CEO, Brian Fogle, has been named to a new 15-member national advisory council to the Federal Reserve Board. He has been serving in a similar capacity for the Fed’s 8th District in St. Louis.

    Brian is a well-respected financial mind who has used his expertise to benefit communities across the Ozarks in a number of different positions, from banking to higher education and now philanthropy.  This is a great opportunity for him to represent Springfield, the Ozarks and the Midwest.


    Below is the text of the announcement and a full list of the 15-member panel:

  • Community Innovation grant applications due Friday

    The deadline for the first 2015-16 round of the Metro Springfield Community Grantmaking Program is approaching. Applications for Community Innovation grants are due by 5 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 25. You can apply online here. Contact Grants Program Officer Bridget Dierks at (417) 864-6199 with questions. A total of $50,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Community […]

  • Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help debuts on KSMU

    This year, the CFO and our longtime partner KSMU are putting a new spin on our annual Making a Difference series. This morning marked the debut of the first installment of Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help. Produced by KSMU’s Mike Smith and inspired by NPR’s popular Story Corps segments, which typically feature two […]

  • New Funds Friday: Sept. 11

    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 […]