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

    • $30,000 Collective Impact Grant awarded to Victory Mission-led project

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded a $30,000 grant to a partnership of Springfield organizations led by Springfield Victory Mission to support men who need a second chance at entering the workforce. The Collective Impact grant was awarded to Springfield Victory Mission, Life 360 House, Reentry & Resources, and Evangel Enactus. It is the […]

    • Rural Ozarks Health Initiative subject of latest KSMU segment

      We’re proud to unveil the most recent Making a Difference Where You Live segment, a partnership between the CFO and KSMU. Compiled and edited by Mike Smith, this program highlights the efforts of the CFO to improve the quality of life in the cities and regions we serve. This edition highlights the first round of […]

    • $1.4 million in CFO Scholarships now open

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across central and southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities. This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.4 million, up from about $1.3 million awarded […]

    • Second round of Rural Ozarks Health Initiative grants now open

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Missouri Foundation for Health have launched the second phase of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative to address health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s rural affiliate foundations. In each of the next three years, the CFO will make 10 grants of $10,000 (a total of […]