The Council on Foundations, the professional industry association for community and other types of foundations, selected the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership program for one of 10 profiles to mark the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement this year.
The profile is linked here: http://www.cof.org/blogs/re-philanthropy/2014-03-13/rallying-support-rural-schools.
The Rural Schools Partnership was founded in 2009 as a means to increase resources and assets in order to sustain rural education in the Ozarks, where schools are frequently the hub of community activities and involvement. Since then, the RSP has evolved into a number of program areas, including the Ozarks Teacher Corps scholarship program, the expansion of the Youth Empowerment Project to encourage young philanthropists, the Placeworks Art Outreach program and the development of school foundations across the region.
The nation’s first community foundation was created in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. Today, the CFO, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is one of about 750 community foundations across the country. The CFO was ranked as the 65th largest in the most recent Columbus Survey.