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

    • Nomination period for 2019 Humanitarian Award now open

      Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 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 30th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by the late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer.  The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. […]

    • Scholarship recipients express gratitude to donors

      As young people prepare to head to colleges, universities, trade schools and other higher-education institutions, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is celebrating the nearly 1,000 students who received scholarships administered by the CFO. Generous donors have established more than 400 scholarship funds to help make the cost of higher education more affordable for students […]

    • CFO announces 2019–20 grant cycles

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2019–20 grantmaking program for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. The CFO will provide about $1.35 million in grantmaking opportunities, much of which will be available in competitive grant cycles open to nonprofit proposals. After a successful introduction last year, the […]

    • Remembering Bill Stalnaker

      Springfield lost a tremendous community champion when Bill Stalnaker passed away on June 12. Bill worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 39 years at locations across the country, first in West Virginia and ultimately in Springfield, where he spent 17 years as its executive director. He then dedicated his leadership to The Kitchen, […]