Board members of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri voted unanimously Jan. 27 to change the foundation’s name to the Joplin Regional Community Foundation in an effort to better represent its current area of focus and its mission of improving the quality of life for citizens in the greater Joplin area.
The Joplin Regional Community Foundation was established on Dec. 16, 2006. At the time it was the only affiliate foundation of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks serving the Barton/Jasper/Newton county area.
“We think the name change will better reflect the work and focus on the immediate Joplin region,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We’re also excited about the future efforts of the foundation as they transition from their recovery work to a mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens in the Joplin area.”
Since its inception the foundation has amassed assets of more than $2.4 million, with approximately $16 million distributed into the community during that time. Much of the foundation’s recent work has been as a key player in the recovery from the May 22, 2011 tornado.
The Joplin Recovery Fund, established the day after the tornado, accounted for more than $6 million of the $13 million in total recovery funds held at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 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 Joplin Regional Community Foundation hopes to grant the remaining funds by the time of the five-year anniversary of the tornado in May of this year.
The Joplin Regional Community Foundation 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.