Category Archives: News

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    Judy Cantoni hired to serve eastern Missouri affiliates

    Longtime Cape Girardeau executive manager Judy Cantoni will join the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to run its office in Cape Girardeau, which serves the eastern Missouri region. Cantoni joined the CFO staff in March as Associate of Regional Advancement – East Region. After spending two weeks at the CFO’s main office in Springfield, Cantoni […]

  • Collective Impact grants awarded to five partnerships

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded five grants totaling $120,000 for collaborative projects in Springfield-Greene County. This is the second year for the Collective Impact grants, which are intended to encourage collaborative proposals to address community goals and issues. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have made unrestricted or […]

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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 scholarships now open for application

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities. This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.45 million, up from about $1.25 million awarded in the […]

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    Hearld Ambler honored as 2016 Humanitarian

    Hearld Ambler, whose long record of community service includes helping senior citizens prepare tax returns for the past 27 years, was honored Dec. 8 as the 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient at a luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. Ambler was nominated by the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging and the Senior Foundation of the […]

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    CFO’s Moe Sandfort announces his retirement

    Moe Sandfort, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Senior Advisor for Philanthropy for the East Region based in Cape Girardeau, has announced his retirement effective Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. A longtime banker, Sandfort was hired in 2015 as the Springfield-based CFO’s first staff member serving the foundation’s east region. The CFO will maintain its east […]

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    Hearld Ambler named 2016 Humanitarian

    Hearld Ambler, whose long record of community service includes helping senior citizens prepare tax returns for the past 27 years, has been named the 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient. Ambler will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. Ambler was nominated by the SeniorAge Area Agency on […]

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    Humanitarian Award Applications Accepted

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 27th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. The deadline for nominations […]

  • Rural Schools program featured in Washington Monthly

    The Washington Monthly publishes an online journal devoted to philanthropic topics from a nonpartisan perspective. The CFO was invited to write a piece about the innovative practices used by our Rural Schools Partnership, which are aimed at strengthening rural schools. The CFO is committed to sustaining rural education for many reasons, including the fact that […]

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    CFO’s Jan Horton, Suzy Gray featured on June Making a Difference segment

    The first two employees of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks – now-President Emeritus Jan Horton and current Chief Financial Officer Suzy Gray – were the focus of June’s “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segement on KSMU. KSMU’s Mike Smith hosted a conversation between the pair, who began working together in spring […]

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    CFO board member Dusty Shaw passes away

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of longtime CFO board member and south-central Missouri rural advocate Dusty Shaw. The 2009 Humanitarian (along with brother William) for his work restoring the historic community school in Thomasville, Mo., Dusty was a strong voice for philanthropy and fiscal responsibility, and one of our most active […]