CFO 45th Anniversary

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks celebrated its 45th anniversary in June by awarding special one-time grants and marking several key milestones achieved this year.

The 2018 milestones celebrated at the annual donor dinner include:

  • Reaching $350 million in total grants and distributions since the CFO’s inception in 1973;
  • Exceeding $5 million in grants made through the Coover Charitable Grantmaking Program, a partnership with the Commerce Trust Co.
  • Marking the 25th anniversary of the CFO’s affiliate network, now grown to 49 cities, counties or regions since the Nixa Community Foundation became the first affiliate in 1973.

Special $4,500 anniversary grants were awarded to the Springfield and Regional winners of the CFO’s 45-Second Video Challenge. The winning entries were The Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation and Carl Junction R-1 Schools.

The grant recipients – representing agencies serving Springfield and the CFO’s rural service region, respectively – were chosen by CFO committee following a round of public voting that narrowed each category to three finalists. Overall, nearly 8,000 votes were cast for the 21 entrants, with more than 37,000 contest pageviews. In addition, the CFO held a drawing at the annual dinner for 10 grants of $450 each that recipients will designate to a nonprofit organization of their choice.

The 45th anniversary video, produced by Brandon Goodwin of Springfield-based Blend Studio, chronicles the CFO’s founding by business and civic leaders in 1973 and its growth into what it is today: A regional public charitable foundation with assets of nearly $300 million serving donors, nonprofits and schools in Springfield and 49 affiliates cities, counties and regions across southern Missouri.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks was established on June 18, 1973 with 15 Springfield banks providing an initial investment of $100 each. The CFO’s founding board members were: Hearld R. Ambler; James S. Buckner, Jr.; John M. Carnahan, Jr.; Charles A. Fuller, Jr.; Roger L. Garrison; Fred L. Hall; Horace S. Haseltine; Gary L. Lipscomb; Vincent Tyndall; C. Wallace Walter; and R. Barnes Whitlock.


CFO 45th Anniversary Video – Long Version from CF Ozarks on Vimeo.

View the 45th Anniversary video (short version)

View Carl Junction R-1 Schools winning 45-Second Video

View The Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation’s winning 45-Second Video