Category Archives: Coover

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    Making a Difference segment focuses on Coover grant program

    The subject of the most recent “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segment with KSMU radio’s Mike Smith is the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. Because of the generosity of Mrs. Coover, the CFO, in cooperation with The Commerce Trust, operates the Coover Charitable Regional Grantmaking Program. A longtime employee of Commerce […]

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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 […]

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    2015 Coover Regional grants presented at Commerce Trust

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, today awarded grants totaling $200,000  to 17 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri. The 2015 Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program presentation, which took place at The Commerce Trust Company’s Springfield office, included comments from […]

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    2014 Rural Schools Rendezvous focuses on “Why Rural Matters”

    On Wednesday, April 23, students, educators, future teachers and administrators from across the Ozarks met in Fair Grove, Mo., for the fourth annual Rural Schools Rendezvous. Held somewhere other than Thomasville, Mo., for the first time since its inception, the event featured a keynote from RSP founder and former CFO President Dr. Gary Funk. Funk, […]

  • CFO and Commerce Trust award $200,000 in Coover rural grants

    Representatives from 18 of the 20 organizations receiving Coover grants gather for a group photo.

    Representatives from 18 of the 20 organizations receiving Coover grants gather for a group photo.

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented $200,000 in Coover Regional Grants today to 20 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri.

    This year’s grant recipients were selected from among proposals that totaled $904,299 in requested funding, nearly doubling last year’s requests. The grant criteria expanded for this year beyond a recent focus on poverty-related needs. The 2014 grant awards are being awarded to agencies working on poverty, health, environmental, and arts issues.

    These grants are made possible through the generosity of the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband’s memory. With this year’s awards, the Coover Charitable Foundation surpasses $3.8 million in grantmaking across the Ozarks since its founding.

    “It’s been a real privilege to be here and listen to some of the other grant services; it’s a delight to be a part of this group,” said Cindy Waites, representing Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

    The organizations receiving this year’s Coover Regional Grants are:

  • Thomasville Rendezvous Features Lessons, Stories and $70,000 in Coover Grants

    On Thursday, May 2, the Rural Schools Partnership and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks invited educators, administrators and students to Thomasville, Mo. for the fourth consecutive year to celebrate rural schools and those who continue to help them thrive. The keynote speaker was Dr. Arthur Mallory, a longtime state education official and rural schools […]

  • First Regional Agency Partner Workshop Draws Group to St. James

    A group of central Missouri agency partners attended the first of a series of two-hour workshops and also got to learn the story behind the Firehouse Coffee Shop in St. James where the meeting took place. The session included updates on Cause Momentum, the CFO’s new online crowdfunding platform and the upgraded Donor Central software […]

  • Coover Place-Based Grant, Ozarks Teacher Corps Scholarship Deadlines Extended

    Because of many ealier-than-usual spring break vacation periods, The Rural Schools Partnership has extended the deadline for both the Coover Placed-Based Education Grants and the Ozarks Teacher Corps Scholarship. Originally due this coming Friday, the new deadline for application for BOTH programs is now 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013. Both the new class […]

  • CFO, Commerce Trust Partner on Coover Regional Poverty Grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded $200,000 in grants to 16 agencies that tackle regional poverty issues across southern Missouri.

    These grants are made possible through the generosity of the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband’s memory. With this year’s awards, the Coover Charitable Foundation surpasses $3.6 million in grantmaking across the Ozarks since its founding.

    “These 2013 Coover awards support hunger and nutritional program training, housing and shelter needs, medical prescription and dental services, children-centered needs and human services program strategies across the region,” CFO Board Chair and Commerce Trust Vice President Jill Reynolds said.

    “This program is very near and dear to us here at Commerce Trust because Mrs. Coover was a 30-year employee of Commerce Bank,” Reynolds added at Friday’s ceremony. “We’re very proud of her and what she established, we’re proud to manage it and we are proud to hand it out to you all here today.”

    The Coover Regional Grant Panel, which is comprised of the CFO’s regional board members, had to consider  more than $498,000 in requests to make its selections.

    The following agencies received the 2013 Coover Regional Grantmaking awards: