Category Archives: 40th Annviersary

  • “Making a Difference” focuses on CFO’s 40th Anniversary

    Springfield public radio station KSMU’s bi-monthly “Making a Difference” segment focused on the history of the CFO as we celebrate our 40th anniversary today. Reporter Mike Smith interviewed one of the CFO’s founders, Springfield attorney Fred Hall, along with Chief Financial Officer Susanne Gray and President Brian Fogle. Hall was among the 11 members of […]

  • CFO Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Community Open House

    The CFO welcomed partners, supporters and community members to an open house Thursday to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Mayor Bob Stephens offered a proclamation that included declaring Tuesday, June 18, as “Community Foundation of the Ozarks Day” in Springfield to mark the actual date of the CFO’s founding in 1973. During his remarks, he noted […]

  • CFO Invites Community to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary

    The CFO will celebrate its 40th anniversary at a community open house from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at its offices at 425 E. Trafficway in downtown Springfield. A short program, including a proclamation from Mayor Bob Stephens, will take place about 5:15 p.m.

    The program also will include recognition of the family members who are supporting the newly landscaped Fanny Baldwin Garden, adjacent to the CFO building, honoring the late “Posey” Baldwin, a dedicated urban gardener in the early 1900s. The CFO partners with the Springfield-Greene County Park Department to maintain the garden.

    During 40 years as the region’s public charitable foundation, the CFO has returned nearly $150 million through grants and distributions, built a network to strengthen nonprofit agencies, regional affiliates and schools, provided leadership on community issues, and cultivated future generations through scholarships and youth philanthropy.

    The Community Foundation of Greene County was founded on June 18, 1973 by a group of 11 men involved in the estate planning, legal, accounting and insurance professions. The late Mayor Jim Payne appointed the group to research starting a community foundation, a concept also encouraged by the late Anne Drummond, an insurance professional who later served on the Springfield City Council. Both Payne and Drummond were motivated by seeing the impact community foundations were having in other areas, particularly after learning that a large estate was left to a national organization that could have benefitted our own community if a public foundation had existed.

  • New Funds Friday: Jan. 5-11

    Every Friday, we 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 to get involved, contact […]