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 group, plus a full-group photo (above).

The Rev. Mark Struchkoff, Executive Director of the Council of Churches, delivered a few remarks prior to the recognition of grant-receiving agencies. He compared the job of solving Springfield and Greene County’s major problems to a mountain range, cooperation as the highway through them, and the agencies are those trying to cross it.

“There’s a highway through the mountains. It is traveled everyday with a partnership spirit in the nonprofit community,” Struckoff said.

In all, more than $428,000 was granted during 2013-14 to Springfield and Greene County nonprofits. This includes $115,000 raised by agencies for the Community Response Challenge Grants, which were matched by CFO dollar for dollar.

Applications for the final round of the 2013-14 fiscal year, Performance Achievement grants for agencies that successfully implemented grants during the 2012-13 fiscal year, are due tomorrow.