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.

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    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.

    More Information

    For more information or to set up a fund with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, please contact Development Operations Officer Winter Kinne.

    Resources

    Donor Relations Guide

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    CFO: Building Blocks

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    Transfer of Wealth: The 5% Solution

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      Judy Cantoni hired to serve eastern Missouri affiliates

      Longtime Cape Girardeau executive manager Judy Cantoni will join the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to run its office in Cape Girardeau, which serves the eastern Missouri region. Cantoni joined the CFO staff in March as Associate of Regional Advancement – East Region. After spending two weeks at the CFO’s main office in Springfield, Cantoni […]

    • Collective Impact grants awarded to five partnerships

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded five grants totaling $120,000 for collaborative projects in Springfield-Greene County. This is the second year for the Collective Impact grants, which are intended to encourage collaborative proposals to address community goals and issues. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have made unrestricted or […]

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      Making a Difference segment focuses on Coover grant program

      The subject of the most recent “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segment with KSMU radio’s Mike Smith is the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. Because of the generosity of Mrs. Coover, the CFO, in cooperation with The Commerce Trust, operates the Coover Charitable Regional Grantmaking Program. A longtime employee of Commerce […]

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      CFO scholarships now open for application

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities. This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.45 million, up from about $1.25 million awarded in the […]