Category Archives: Events

  • CFO Donors Get Guided Historical Tour of Springfield

    Today the CFO hosted an educational and historical tour of Springfield for donors, guided by John Sellars, the executive director of The History Museum on the Square. The two-hour event took the crew on a bus tour, where they learned historical facts about local landmarks. For instance, did you know the lobby of the Gillioz […]

  • 17 Agencies Selected for Endowment/Technical Grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $25,000 in endowment building/technical consultation grants at the annual Agency Partner luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The grants were presented to 17 agencies. The Victim Center: $1,500 to create new marketing materials focusing on educating citizens on the services of the Victim Center and encouraging endowment contributions. Help […]

  • Askinosie Inspires CFO Agency Partners

    Springfield chocolate maker Shawn Askinosie urged nonprofit leaders to help “write a new story” of how nonprofits and for-profits can work together to improve society. As the keynote speaker at the CFO’s 2013 Agency Partner thank-you luncheon Tuesday at the White River Conference Center, Askinosie referenced a controversial opinion piece that appeared recently in The […]

  • Agency Partner Endowment-Building/Technology Grants Due Tomorrow

    5 p.m. tomorrow, July 26, is the deadline for Agency Partners of the CFO to apply for 2013 Endowment-Building/Technology and Consultation grants. You can fill out the application here. These grants are open to CFO-affiliated nonprofits and Rural School Partnership Schools. $25,000 is available for this newly expanded cycle. Applicants may apply for up to $1,500 […]

  • Alliance of Community Foundations Releases Transfer of Wealth Study

    Missouri Transfer of Wealth Study from CF Ozarks on Vimeo.

    The CFO joined with other community foundations across Missouri today to release “Wealth in Missouri and its Counties,” a study that shows the upcoming transfer of wealth that will occur here over the next 10-50 years.

    In just the next 10 years, Ozarks members of the “greatest generation” and the first wave of the baby boomers that followed will transfer an estimated $47.2 billion of accumulated wealth to their heirs and others. For Missouri as a whole, that transfer of wealth will reach $134 billion. Over 50 years, that amount increases to a staggering $565 billion for the Ozarks and $1.5 trillion for Missouri as a whole.

    The Alliance of Missouri Community Foundations partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a grant to commission the study by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb.

    For the complete study, including results for each county in Missouri, click here.

    This nationwide trend is considered the largest-ever transfer of wealth between generations in the history of the United States. It’s the result of the “greatest generation” returning from World War II to rebuild America and, in the process, accumulate wealth that is being passed down through succeeding generations.

    The goal of the Alliance is to encourage donors to consider a “5 percent solution” by including community-based philanthropic interests as 5 percent of their estate planning. In the Ozarks, that would capture $2.3 billion over the 10-year period, which would create $118 million a year in charitable resources using a 5 percent payout per year.

  • 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.

  • Agency Partners Learn About “What Donors Want”

    Today the Community Foundation of the Ozarks invited its nonprofit agency partners to attend a quarterly education session, this time focused on donors and what they are looking for when they make a gift. Four longtime CFO donors and fundholders — Tom Finnie, Sally Baird, Stephanie Stenger Montgomery and John Twitty — comprised the panel […]

  • Students Attend Kickoff Event for South-Central Student Leadership Initiative

    Students from four south-central Missouri schools attended a kickoff for the third class of the South-Central Student Leadership Initiative, designed to develop skills to create future community leaders for the Ozarks region. Six additional south-central Ozarks schools will participate in this pilot project of the Rural Schools Partnership, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the […]

  • 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 […]

  • CFO’s Michael Chatman Speaks at SBJ Breakfast

    Michael Chatman, CFO Senior Vice-President of Philanthropy and Regional Affiliate Partnerships, was this morning’s guest at the Springfield Business Journal’s monthly “12 People You Need to Know” breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn. The series, an editorial initiative of the paper to bring the people and stories they write to life for an audience of […]