Upper White River Basin Foundation achieves Stewardship Ozarks Initiative milestone

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that the Upper White River Basin Foundation has successfully reached its fund raising goal for CFO’s Stewardship Ozark Initiative. Dr. John Moore, executive director of the Upper White River Basin Foundation, reported that his foundation had raised $100,000 for its organizational endowment and will receive a $100,000 matching grant from the Stewardship Ozarks Initiative. This success is particularly significant as the Upper White River Basin Foundation was a sponsor of the Stewardship Ozarks Initiative program.

Raising $100,000 in a challenging economic environment is no easy task, but Dr. Moore indicated that his board of directors has been committed to this concept from the outset. “Our directors are committed to maintaining water quality in our region,” said Moore, “and they all contributed to making this a success.”

The Upper White River Basin Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote water quality in the upper White River watershed through bi-state collaboration on research, education, public policy and action projects. The focus of the Foundation is on the four major impoundments on the upper White River: Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lakes and the rivers and streams which drain into these impoundments.

The Foundation works with federal, state and local government agencies and interested citizen groups as an advocate for clean water projects, as a catalyst to create and implement projects to improve water quality and as a community educator on the causes and impact of reduced water quality.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Stewardship Ozarks Initiative is dedicated to preserving our natural environment through:

• Targeted grantmaking
• $1,000,000 Challenge for Conservation, an endowment building program
• Planned giving

Community Foundation of the Ozarks supports asset development, community-based grant making, organizational collaboration, and leadership initiatives throughout southern Missouri. CFO is comprised of 40 affiliate community foundations and more than 1,400 charitable funds totaling approximately $140 million.

Caption: Dr. John Moore (left), executive director of the Upper White River Basin, is congratulated by Gary Funk, CFO president.