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

    • Recipients of the 2019 Coover Regional and Place-Based Education grants

      CFO and Commerce Trust announce 2019 Coover grants

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $320,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 16 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects dedicated to place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. The 2019 Coover Regional […]

    • Ozarks Teacher Corps Logo

      New report details positive impact of Ozarks Teacher Corps

      A new study shows participants in a Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ scholarship program to develop rural educators have a 92 percent placement rate, with three-quarters of them still teaching in the districts they joined after graduation and most planning to continue their careers in a rural setting. These are among the key findings in […]

    • Jonathan Scales, board president of Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, speaks during the CFO’s 2019 Endowment Match Challenge grant presentation at Q Enoteca in Springfield, Mo., on Friday, March 29.

      Twelve nonprofit agencies complete 2019 Endowment Match Challenge

      Twelve nonprofit agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks have successfully completed the 2019 Endowment Match Challenge. The matching grants from the CFO were presented to the agencies during a luncheon at Q Enoteca on March 29. Aspire Scholarship Program (Joplin) Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri (Joplin) Cabool Education Foundation Chadwick […]

    • Group photo of 2019 Senior Mental Health grant recipients

      CFO awards new Senior Mental Health grants

      The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $40,000 in five Senior Mental Health grants for projects designed to improve the lives of senior citizens in Springfield and Greene County. The grants were awarded Wednesday, March 6, at Northview Center. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are intended to tackle senior citizen […]