Caption: (From left) Joplin Medical School Alliance President Larry McIntire and Fundraising Committee Chairman Rudy Farber receive a Joplin Recovery Fund grant of $500,000 from Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., Board Chair Don Gould and board members Nancy Good and Bill Lee.
The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri today presented a $500,000 grant to the Joplin Medical School Alliance.
The grant was made from the Joplin Recovery Fund, which was established on May 23, 2011 to fund mid- to long-term recovery efforts following the EF-5 tornado.
The osteopathic medical school is slated to open in 2017 as a campus of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences on the site where a temporary Mercy Hospital replaced the facility destroyed in the tornado.
“This campus, which will draw as many as 600 students and the associated jobs and economic impact, is a beacon for Joplin’s recovery efforts,” said Adrienne Jackson, Chair of the CFSWMO’s grant committee. “We believe the donors from all over the United States and the other countries who supported the Joplin Recovery Fund will be gratified to see this new campus rise on the site of such destruction and tragedy less than five years ago.”
The grant will contribute to the overall fundraising goal of $30 million to renovate and equip the school on the former Mercy site. In addition to its economic impact, the campus also is intended to address a projected shortage of physicians and improve access to health care in the four-state region around Joplin.
The Joplin Recovery Fund accounted for more than $6 million of the $13 million in total recovery funds held at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Including this grant, the fund has made more than 90 grants to local nonprofits totaling nearly $6 million. About $200,000 remains in the fund for grant proposals accepted and considered on a rolling basis. The CFSWMO hopes to grant the remaining funds by the time of the five-year anniversary of the tornado in May 2016.
The CFSWMO is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, a regional public charitable foundation serving 49 affiliate foundations, donors and nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.
For more information about the Joplin Recovery Fund, visit: joplinrecoveryfund.org.