Donor Services

Let Us Help You Create a More Generous Community

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public foundation committed to recognizing, informing and engaging donors through a variety of means in an effort to strengthen outreach and philanthropy in our region and beyond. Our goal is to provide you with customized service that will allow you to realize your charitable goal.

When establishing a fund with the CFO, donors can expect the utmost attention to fund administration for the “back office” services. It is important to the CFO that donors know the business of the organization is impeccable and we are proud of a long tradition of unqualified audits and successful fund management. We provide tax acknowledgement letters, quarterly fund statements; fund information via Donor Central; appreciate stock and real estate acceptance; proven investment performance.

  • Services

    Ways of Giving – Almost any kind of asset can be used to start a fund or contribute to an existing fund including cash, securities, real estate, and many other options. Let us help you decide the best method for you and your family.

    Legacy Society – The CFO’s Legacy Society was created to recognize and thank donors in their lifetimes who have made planned giving commitments to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliates. Find a complete listing of members and funds established through planned gifts. For information about how you can leave a lasting legacy for your home town by leaving just 5 percent of your estate to your local community foundation, please see our Transfer of Wealth page.

    Types of Funds – The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to assisting donors with the establishment of funds that meet a wide variety of charitable purposes. Here’s what you need to know.

    Donate Online – Want to make a charitable contribution to your fund or another fund at the CFO? Our secure online donation portal makes it safe and easy.

    Donor Central- This service is provided to CFO donors who serve as advisers to funds. It allows them to manage their funds online and make grant recommendations.

    Curious about the concept of “bunching” your charitable contributions in light of recent tax law changes? Here’s some information. 

    Need more information? Contact us.

  • News

    • Jewell Thompson Schweitzer presents the 2017 Humanitarian Award

      Nomination period now open for the 2018 Humanitarian Award 

      Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 29th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. Mrs. Schweitzer passed away in April. Click here to read […]

    • Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes new FY18 board members

                The Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes five new members and a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors for the 2018–19 fiscal year that began July 1. Directors on the 21-member board can serve up to two three-year terms. The new board members are: Debra Shantz Hart, […]

    • Upcoming Events for Agency Partners

      Learn about the 2018–2019 competitive grant cycles Join us at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, for a one-hour event at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for agency partner representatives. Vice President of Programs Bridget Dierks will outline grant opportunities for the 2019 fiscal year available to both rural and Springfield-Greene County agency partners. […]

    • Give Joplin Day 2018

      Final Totals for Give Joplin Day 2018

      Give Joplin Day 2018 raised a final total of $32,013.35 for 18 nonprofit organizations in the Joplin area. The one-day online giving campaign, held July 19, was hosted by Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Joplin Regional Community Foundation awarded a total of $4,300 in prizes to agencies with the […]