Affiliate Conference a success

CFO hosted its annual conference for its network of forty affiliate foundations on Thursday, April 16, 2009 in Mansfield, MO at the community center. Almost one hundred people, coming from as far away as Clinton and Hermann, MO, attended the event to discuss philanthropic efforts in the Ozarks.

The day began with a presentation from Bill Putnam, Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. executive director, focused on the importance and the impact of leaving a legacy. Planned giving offers a means to keep resources here in the community, working to provide the same opportunities for future generations who will call the Ozarks home. For more information on planned giving, please visit our web site at or talk to leaders from your local community foundation.

The proposed Rural Schools Partnership filled the rest of the conference agenda. Rachel Tompkins, Rural School and Community Trust president, was the featured speaker. Tompkins discussed the challenges facing rural schools as well as the opportunities that can be unlocked through a concerted effort. Following Tompkins, Gary Funk, CFO president, mapped out the Foundation’s proposed Rural Schools Partnership initiative, slated for the 2010 fiscal year. This effort will focus on three consensus-based strategies for improving rural schools in the Ozarks, including: developing alternative resources, building collaborations and partnerships, and introducing placed based education strategies. You can view the presentations from the conference on our web site.

The day ended with a tour of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, MO. A special thanks to Jean Coday for arranging the tour.

Friday, CFO welcomed superintendent and officials from area schools to Springfield for a short-conference focused exclusively on the proposed Rural Schools Partnership. In addition to Ms. Tompkins, that event also featured Lavina Grandon, Policy and Education Director of Arkansas’ Advocates for Community and Rural Education.

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