Thirteen-year-old Lauren Slamb, of Nixa, has established the Lauren’s Lamb Foundation Fund to help provide youth-oriented charities with funding through grants and donations. The Lauren’s Lamb Foundation Fund is a component fund of the Finley River Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
The young philanthropist and Miss Missouri Jr. High 2012 established the Lauren’s Lamb Foundation to help kids around the country who are doing amazing things with little or no resources. She plans to make grants to non-profit programs benefiting children. You can learn more about Lauren’s foundation and efforts at www.laurenslamb.org. Lauren has been recognizing youth-managed and youth-oriented charities on with a monthly “Lauren’s Lamb Award” at her website since summer of 2010. In February 2012 she gave her first grant of 180 prom gowns to Becca’s Closet, in Nixa.
“Whether it was a simple $5 donation, selling lemonade, making blankets for sick kids or collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House, kids could find something on my website they could do themselves,” Lauren said. “As I get older, I want to focus my efforts on a problem that is growing in our schools. I am seeing bullying more often. My focus is showing kids that there is a better way. This fall my charity will be the sponsor of a workshop for girls to help uncover ways to build self esteem and stop bullying.”
Donations to the Lauren’s Lamb Foundation Fund can be made at www.cfozarks.org/donate. Donors should be sure to enter “Lauren’s Lamb” in the Fund/Program field to ensure that donations get to the proper fund. Donations are tax deductable to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
“[FRCF Board Member] Dr. Cindy Baker and I have had the pleasure of working closely with Lauren. We are excited to find a young person with so much compassion for others,” said FRCF board member Elise Crain, who has served as a mentor for Lauren, according to Lauren’s mother, Melissa Slamb. “Lauren brings ideas and enthusiasm to the table.”
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public foundation established in 1973 with assets of about $185 million in more than 2,000 funds. Its network includes 44 affiliate foundations, such as the Finley River Community Foundation, which was established in 2001 and now has assets of more than $1 million in 56 funds. The FRCF has distributed more than $580,000 back into Christian County communities since its inception.