The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has been recognized once again as a Top 100 community foundation for its continued growth and also has been highlighted by the James Irvine Foundation study as an exemplary community foundation. The latest Columbus Foundation Survey for Community Foundations shows that C.F.O. moved up to 91st amongst more than 700 community foundations in total charitable assets. In addition, the Foundation also makes the Top 100 list in both annual contributions (61st) and charitable grants and distributions (98th).
Gary Funk, Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ President’ says that this is lofty recognition for the Foundation. “When one considers that there are seventeen statewide community foundations and that metropolitan Springfield ranks 123rd in metro areas (MSA), I think that our growth speaks well for philanthropy in the Missouri Ozarks.”
The James Irvine Foundation recently released a national study on community foundations entitled Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations. The report focuses on three primary growth and management strategies of successful emerging community foundations. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is the featured foundation for a development style centered on a leveraged approach that “emphasizes broadening the community foundation’s reach through partnerships and requires tremendous organizational and fiscal discipline.” The James Irvine Foundation report is available for free download on the web (PDF).