Springfield public radio station KSMU’s bi-monthly “Making a Difference” segment focused on the history of the CFO as we celebrate our 40th anniversary today.
Reporter Mike Smith interviewed one of the CFO’s founders, Springfield attorney Fred Hall, along with Chief Financial Officer Susanne Gray and President Brian Fogle. Hall was among the 11 members of the Greene County Estate Planning Council who incorporated the CFO on June 18, 1973 to create a public charitable foundation. Since then, of course, it became the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and now includes 44 affiliate foundations across central and southern Missouri.
The Board of Directors and the CFO staff want to express our gratitude and appreciation to not only those 11 founders, but to all of our donors, partners, and professional advisors who understand and support the concept of a community foundation as a vehicle for private philanthropic dollars to improve the quality of life across our region.