Category Archives: Events

  • Ozarks Beatlemania erupts in Alton

    For long-time Oregon County residents and Beatles fans of a certain generation, it was a chance to catch up, enjoy music and  a beautiful fall day and reminisce about the exciting weekend 50 years ago this week when the Fab Four spent a couple days of R&R at nearby Pigman Ranch. For younger generations, it […]

  • CFO Agency Partners invited to “High-Impact Philanthropy” event Sept. 11

    Agency partners of the CFO are invited to attend Cottey College for Women’s free “High-Impact Philanthropy” fundraising event, set for Sept. 11 at Cottey’s campus in Nevada. CFO President Brian Fogle will be a featured speaker. Among the other speakers include Jeff Schreifels, Senior Partner at Veritus Group, Diane Marty, Founder and Principal, Faire Consulting LLC., and others. Click […]

  • Register now for Summer Institute for Arts Integration; free for RSP educators

    Springfield’s 2014 Summer Institute for Arts Integration will provide educators with strategies on how to use the arts to connect to curricular areas, increase student engagement, manage classrooms, deepen student comprehension, and identify alternative assessment opportunities. Workshops are designed for participants to explore quality arts integration, and give them the tools and strategies to feel […]

  • CFO celebrates 2013-14 Metro Springfield grant recipients at luncheon

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks on Wednesday hosted the first-ever Metro Springfield Grant Awards Luncheon, designed to honor each of the agencies that received grants during the 2013-14 Metropolitan Springfield Community Grantmaking cycle. More than 120 representatives from scores of agencies gathered at University Plaza for the lunch, which featured photos of each grant […]

  • 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, […]

  • Reminder: Former YEP students to present at MSU’s Public Affairs Conference

    In case you missed our column in the News-Leader last week, or just haven’t made plans yet, Thursday and Friday are big days for former Youth Empowerment Project students at Missouri State University’s annual Public Affairs Conference. Tomorrow (Thursday, April 10) at 10 a.m., New York-based filmmaker Peter Carolla will screen his new documentary, “The One […]

  • Column: Rural Schools Partnership plans Rendezvous in Fair Grove

    This week’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks focuses on the the Rural Schools Partnership, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks that seeks to build assets and endowments for rural districts, and promote the tenets of place-based education in classrooms across southern Missouri. On April 23, the pinnacle of the RSP’s year will […]

  • Reeds Spring Education Foundation Earns $38,000 from Dixie Stampede

    In what has become one of the Ozarks’ most successful fundraising partnerships, the Reeds Spring R-IV Education Foundation on Friday night received a check for $38,000 from Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, proceeds of the foundation’s annual Reeds Spring Pack Night promotion. The money will largely go to fund scholarships for 2014 graduates of Reeds Spring […]

  • 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:

  • Every Child Promise focus of KSMU’s “Making a Difference” series

    Today’s segments of “Making a Difference Where You Live” on public radio station KSMU focus on the launch of the Every Child Promise project to make quality pre-school available for any four-year-old in Springfield. The CFO is one of the funders providing seed money for administrative costs and four pilot projects to start implementing the […]