CFO Announces $115,000 in Challenge Grants for “Red-Flag” Issues

On this Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is proud to recognize the 14 Springfield-Greene County agencies that will have the opportunity to double their money as part of the 2013 Community Response Challenge Grant Program. The CFO will offer matching grants to 14 Springfield-area nonprofit agencies if they can raise equivalent funds by Feb. 3, 2014.

For the second consecutive year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, nonprofits across the United States are urging donors and holiday shoppers to consider a gift for their favorite nonprofit, church, or educational institution as part of Giving Tuesday. It’s become a bit of a phenomenon: You can find info at givingtuesday.org, or find a wealth of information by searching social media with the hashtag “#givingtuesday.

If you’re interested in local organizations, you can take a look at our categorized list of agencies, or go to CauseMomentum.org and help the Springfield Art Museum secure a prized work by George Caleb Bingham for its collection.

The 14 agencies to receive Community Response Challenge Grants were selected following presentations to a CFO grant panel, which based its recommendations on the potential impact of the grants to address “red-flag” issues identified in the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

This year’s grant panel decided to divide the $115,000 equally among the 14 nonprofit agencies, which means each agency is eligible to match up to $8,214.28 to receive the full amount.

This grant cycle has been in place since the 2008 recession to help sustain existing strong programs through the economic downturn and recovery.  The grant awards are determined by a volunteer committee. This year’s members are: Chair Stephanie Stenger Montgomery; Robert Carolla, Carol Cruise, Tom DenOuden, Debbie Shantz, and David Yaktine.

Donations to help any of these organizations achieve their matching challenges can be made directly to the agency. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

The agencies selected for this year’s Community Response Challenge Grants are:

The Child Advocacy Center: To conduct forensic interviews needed for child-abuse investigations

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks: Operational expenses for donation centers for materials to assist its clients.

The Arc of the Ozarks: For costs to support individualized supported-living housing for its clients with disabilities.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks: Food and associated costs to support the Crosslines program.

United Way of the Ozarks: Scholarships for kids at six Greene County schools to participate in the Discovery Center of Springfield’s “Science on the Road” program.

The Victim Center: Costs associated with additional adolescent therapists, child advocates and supporting services.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service: Operating expenses associated with providing clients with financial solutions and education related to credit issues.

Pregnancy Care Center: Costs associated with providing wellness and support services to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Family Matters Resource Center: Costs associated with services to strengthen families and children in foster-care or adoption circumstances.

The Doula Foundation: Operational costs to provide support for families during pregnancy and childbirth.

CASA of Southwest Missouri: Support for a coordinator’s salary to recruit and train volunteers to assist the courts in protecting children in foster care.

Great Circle: Costs associated with caring for children with histories of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or abandonment or have developmental disorders, including autism.

Ronald McDonald House Charities: Costs associated with the Tooth Truck to provide dental treatment and prevention for at-risk children.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: Personnel costs for an additional social worker for LifeHouse crisis maternity center.

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