February 2008 Regional E-Update

REGIONAL UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2008
E – NEWSLETTER
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE OZARKS

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February 19, 2008

In This Issue:
• Area business supports Cooper campaign
• Essential Question Series: “How do you build a successful school foundation?”
• Special grant opportunities available to affiliate communities
• Coover Grantmaking Program awards more than $287,000 to nine communities
• 9th annual regional affiliate conference
• New funds

Area business supports Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks with donations to five affiliates

Jack Hood, President of Hood-Rich, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm in Springfield, made five donations of $1,000 each to support the unrestricted grantmaking efforts of five Ozarks communities. The regional affiliate foundations receiving grants are: the Houston Community Foundation, the Stockton Community Foundation, the Taney County Community Foundation, the Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation, and the Willow Springs Community Foundation. This gift qualifies for a $1,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks.

“Our firm has truly enjoyed working in these communities. We appreciate the opportunity to do business in the region, and the Cooper challenge program is a great way for Hood-Rich to give back to each community,” said Mr. Hood. Hood-Rich, Inc. has been providing architectural, engineering, surveying, and interior design services to the Missouri Ozarks since 1961.

To read more and to learn more about how businesses can get involved in these efforts, visit the web, http://www.cfozarks.org/2008/02/15/area-business-supports-cooper-campaign/.

“How do you build a successful school foundation?” Presentation

On February 26 at 10:00 a.m. CFO will host a web-based teleconference titled “How do you build a Successful School Foundation?” presented by Lisa Spragg of the Logan-Rogersville Education Foundation.

As independent, community-based organizations, school foundations help insure a first rate education for current and future students. In carrying out their mission to “promote educational excellence in the Logan- Rogersville School System and community by generating financial resources from private funds to provide support for students, faculty and organizations,” the Logan-Rogersville Education Foundation has become an indispensable partner to the Logan-Rogersville school system. Please join us for what promises to be an insightful and informative presentation.

To sign up, please contact Bridget Dierks at bdierks@cfozarks.org or (417) 864-6199.

A complete schedule of CFO’s Essential Questions series is available on the web at http://www.cfozarks.org/essential-questions-series/ . Instructions for participation and past presentations are available on the web.

Grant opportunities available for affiliate communities

We have two grant opportunities from outside agencies to share with you that will be of particular interest to affiliate foundations and the area nonprofits you work with through the Endowment Partners program or otherwise.

• The Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation (OHAF) is offering grants for critical medical, mental, and dental health-related needs in Ozarks communities. Concept letters are due by March 28, 2008. For more information, including required forms and detailed instructions for submitting your concept letters, visit the OHAF web site at www.ohaf.org. Contact Kelly Brockman with OHAF at (417) 883-3838 with questions or for more information.

• The Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies (MACAA) has a funding opportunity for arts programs in rural communities through their Rural Initiative – Community Programs. Contact Michael Gaines, MACAA Executive Director, at (573) 221-4853 or michaelg@hannibalarts.com if you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity for your community.

For additional information about both grant opportunities, visit the CFO web site at www.cfozarks.org.

Coover grants direct more than $287,000 to nine Ozarks communities

This year, the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program awarded $287,821 to eleven agencies in nine different Ozarks communities serving more than 50 counties in southern Missouri. This year’s grant recipients serve communities throughout the Missouri Ozarks, including the communities of Anderson, Warrensburg, Houston, West Plains and others. Each grant addresses regional needs in the areas of the arts, culture, education, the environment, and health and social services. The impact of the 11 programs funded will positively impact the quality of life in the majority of counties within the Missouri Ozarks.

You can see a complete list of grant recipients and brief description of the program funded on the web at http://www.cfozarks.org/2008/02/06/cfo-to-award-more-than-287000-in-regional-grants/.

Initiatives such as the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program and the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks are part of CFO’s effort to bring additional resources to Ozarks communities. Opportunities like these promote asset development throughout the region and further our common mission of improving the quality of life for current residents and future generations.

9th Annual Regional Affiliate Foundation Conference

The 9th Annual Regional Affiliate Foundation Conference will take place on Wednesday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CFO offices, 425 E. Trafficway, Springfield. Lunch will be provided.

Stay tuned for further details, including RSVP information.

New Affiliate Funds

Aurora Area Community Foundation

• Miller High School FFA/Agriculture Department Fund – Jerry and Patricia Hood established this designated capacity building fund to benefit the Miller High School FFA and Agriculture Department.

Benton County Community Foundation

• Friends of the Warsaw Senior Center Fund – This organizational capacity building fund was established by the Warsaw Senior Center and Care Connection for Aging Services to assist with the center’s needs.

El Dorado Springs Community Foundation

• El Dorado Springs Administrative Endowment Fund – The El Dorado Springs Community Foundation established this fund to assist with their operational and administrative needs.

Finley River Community Foundation

• Helen Hawkins Scholarship Fund – Rayla Johns established this scholarship fund in memory of her mother, Helen Hawkins.

Hickory County Community Improvement Foundation

• Donnie Vaughn Memorial FFA Scholarship Fund – The Vaughn family established this scholarship fund in memory of Donnie Vaughn. It will be awarded to a graduating FFA student of Weaubleau High School.

Oregon County Community Foundation

• Oregon County Literacy Fund – This designated capacity building fund was established to promote literacy in Oregon County.

Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation

• Ann Murray Schaefer Memorial Fund – This designated capacity building fund was established by Sandra Schaefer Cabot, Alan Schaefer and Kathleen M. Schaefer for the St. Louis Science Center for program support in memory of Ann Murray Schaefer, a great friend, mother and teacher.

• Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund – This scholarship fund was established by the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation board of directors to provide a four year scholarship to a student from Ste. Genevieve High School and a student from Valle High School.

Stockton Community Foundation

• Ted and Cleva Sell Scholarship Fund – This scholarship fund was established by the Stockton Public School Foundation for a graduating senior who is hardworking, has good character and has overcome obstacles.

Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc.

• Harlin Museum Endowment Fund – The Harlin Art Museum established this endowment fund to help meet its long-term needs.

• Howell County Extension Council Fund – The Howell County Extension Council established this organizational capacity building fund to assist with their programs.