2018 Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program – Media Kit

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Group photo of Diversity and Inclusion grant recipients

Full group photo – Cutline: Grant recipients and members of the selection committee for the CFO’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program gather at Timmons Hall in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Drury University – Cutline: CFO President Brian Fogle, second from left, presents the grant to, from left: Yolanda Lorge, Emma Bentley Ruzicka and Lina Gomez

FosterAdopt Connect – Cutline: CFO President Brian Fogle, center, presents the grant to, from left: Aaron Schekorra and Aaron Bohyer.

Friends of Timmons Temple – Cutline: CFO President Brian Fogle, third from right, presents the grant to, from left: David Eslick, Paula Ringer, Christine Peoples, Denny Whayne, Ralph Plank and Lori Tack.

The GLO Center – Cutline: CFO President Brian Fogle, second from left, presents the grant to, from left: Toni Robinson, Krista Moncado Bond, Collins Chatwin and Mandy Monsees.

Missouri State University/Facing Racism – Cutline: CFO President Brian Fogle, center, presents the grant to, from left: Lyle Foster and Wes Pratt

Missouri State University/Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail – Cutline: CFO President Brian Fogle, second from right, presents the grant to, from left: Tim Knapp, Lyle Foster and Wes Pratt.



Date: Dec. 12, 2018

Subject: CFO awards inaugural round of Diversity and Inclusion grants

Contact: Aaron Scott, ascott@cfozarks.org; or Bridget Dierks, bdierks@cfozarks.org; or call (417) 864-6199

The CFO today awarded $60,000 for six grants for collaborative community projects through its inaugural Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Program.

The goal of the new grant program is to bring awareness of diversity and inclusion issues to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life for individuals who are underserved and/or underrepresented in the Springfield-Greene County community. The grants were presented at Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park to the following organizations:

  • Drury University and Grupo Latinoamericano: $14,999 to support a partnership to develop awareness of Hispanic cultures in Springfield and strengthen Grupo Latinoamericano’s mission and initiatives. Projects will be undertaken by a group of interdisciplinary Drury professors and students to support this work.
  • FosterAdopt Connect and Fresh Start Furnishings: $4,334 to support efforts to provide safe, stable, furnished living environments for young adults transitioning out of foster care, reducing inequity due to underlying biases associated with young adults who have been in foster care.
  • Friends of Timmons Temple, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, NAACP and other partners: $10,000 to provide funding for a free inaugural six-month cultural performance series at the newly reborn Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park.
  • The GLO Center, PROMO, Springfield Black Tie and Commercial Street Community Improvement District: $11,500 to expand the Ozarks Inclusion Project, which encourages businesses in Springfield and Greene County to move toward inclusivity by adopting policies and practices that support the LGBTQ+ community. This program includes connecting inclusive businesses with the LGBTQ+ community, as well as cultural competency training assistance for businesses in Springfield.
  • Missouri State University and Facing Racism: $7,500 in scholarship assistance for nonprofit and public-entity employees to attend the Facing Racism workshop, a two-day institute designed to uncover racism and create understanding of its impact on individuals and the workplace.
  • Missouri State University and Springfield-Greene County African American Heritage Trail: $11,667 to support the costs associated with three African American Heritage Trail markers. These markers will be located at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, the Sherman Avenue residential hub area, and the site of the former Graham’s Rib Station and Guest Cabins on East Chestnut Expressway.

These projects were selected from a total of 18 applications by a committee comprised of the following community representatives:

  • Abram McGull II, Chair
  • Kathy Munzinger
  • Tim Rosenbury
  • Summer Trottier
  • Tez Ward
  • Brooke Widmar

“We are delighted to launch this program and hope it increases visibility of the important work occurring in the fields of diversity and inclusion in our community,” said Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs for the CFO. “This work is important to the health of our community, and the CFO is proud to designate grantmaking assets to bring light to these efforts.”

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership through a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and some 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 E. Trafficway
Springfield, MO, 65806
(417) 864-6199
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