The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and three of its affiliate foundations in areas most affected by the recent historic flooding in southern Missouri have established funds for donors interested in supporting mid- to long-term community recovery. The Southern Missouri Flood Recovery Fund is a regional fund managed by the CFO. It is intended to help areas not covered by specific funds below or supplement efforts in those places.
Checks written out to the specific desired fund can be mailed to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
The affiliate-specific funds will be used to support recovery efforts through a grantmaking process organized by the Alton Community Foundation, the Ozark Foothills Regional Community foundation and the Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc. (depending on the area). These local philanthropic leaders will oversee the future grantmaking process with a thorough understanding about nonprofit needs and how to direct resources toward the highest-priority needs.
More than nine inches of rain inundated south-central Missouri on Saturday, April 29, making it one of the hardest-hit areas in a four-state region and causing widespread damage still in the process of assessment as water recedes.
The purpose of these relief and recovery funds will be to support nonprofit agencies that will be assisting flood victims with recovery needs. Nonprofit agencies, including equivalent faith and education organizations, also would be eligible for funding if they were directly affected by the flooding.