Grantmakers Challenge for Children Concludes After Five Years

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will mark the end of the five-year Grantmakers Challenge for Children with an event  Wednesday to recognize the partners in this effort to target the “red-flag” issues identified in the Community Focus Reports for Springfield and Greene County.

The Grantmakers Challenge for Children will wrap up at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the CFO’s community room, 425 E. Trafficway in Springfield.

The CFO initiated the Grantmakers Challenge for Children after the 2005 Community Focus Report identified a series of children’s issues as the biggest collective “red flag” in Springfield-Greene County. The initiative began with 22 area grantmakers who pledged $6.5 million toward these efforts. Since 2005, the number of partners has grown to 35, who have contributed more than $20 million toward children’s services.

A complete list of resources and grants included in the five-year initiative will be available at the event. The partners in the Grantmakers Challenge for Children include: the Thomas H. and Josephine Baird Memorial Fund; Robert and Margaret Carolla Fund; Care to Learn; Community Foundation of the Ozarks; the CFO/ECHO Project; CoxHealth Foundation; Darr Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; Female Leaders in Philanthropy; The Ferguson Family Fund; Gannett Foundation/Springfield News-Leader; Ed and Virginia Heer Family Foundation Fund; Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery; Junior League of Springfield; Mayor’s Commission for Children; Missouri Sports Hall of Fame/Price-Cutter Charity Championship; Musgrave Foundation; Ron and Cathy Neville; O’Reilly Family Foundation Fund; O’Reilly and Wooten Families; Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation; Ronald McDonald House Charities; St. John’s Foundation for Community Health; St. John’s Clinic Force for Good; Foundation for Springfield Public Schools; City of Springfield Community Development Block Grant Program; Central Trust & Investments; Bill and Ann Turner and The Turner Family Foundation; United Way of the Ozarks; The Charles L. and Dorothy Weaver Orthodontic Fund; Tal and Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Family Foundation Fund; the Youth Empowerment Project; and several donors and foundations that wish to remain anonymous.