DACO Community Foundation



Contact Information:
307 N. Grand
Greenfield, MO 65661
The DACO Community Foundation will serve Dadeville, South Greenfield, Everton, Arcola and Greenfield.

Established August 15, 2006

Board of Governors:

David Cramer, President
Randy Meents, Vice President
Renee Meents, Treasurer
David Walters, Secretary
Pam Allen
Lynn Beeson
Chuck Daniel
Jeff Davis
Marlene DeClue
Charity McGill
Kim Morrison
Larry Wheeler
Debbie Worthington

For more information: Contact David Cramer, President, at (417) 875-5296; or e-mail david.cramer@simmonsfirst.com.

Total Assets (as of June 30, 2019): $747,483

DACO CF ROHI 2019 grant presentation photo

From left to right: Ardella Lack, David Cramer, Larry Rice, Pamela Allen, Tammie Gastel, Rochelle Renkoski, Susan Fitzwater and Rebecca Coose

DACO Community Foundation receives $10,000 Rural Ozarks Health Initiative Grant

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Missouri Foundation for Health have awarded a $10,000 grant to DACO Community Foundation through the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative to address health issues in communities in the CFO’s rural service area.

“DACO Community Foundation is so grateful to receive this grant,” said David Cramer, board chair of DCF. “We will use this funding to improve dental health services at the Dade County Health Department dental clinic, which serves residents throughout the county.”

For the second year, the CFO has awarded $10,000 grants to 10 affiliate foundations to support community health programs and grantmaking. The grants are part of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, a program to address health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s affiliates. Other recipients for 2019 include affiliate foundations serving Alton, the Aurora area, Dent County, the Lake of the Ozarks area, the Marshfield area, the Meramec region, Nixa, the Ozark Foothills region and West Plains.

This grant program was developed by Missouri Foundation for Health and the CFO because of a disparity in health indicators between urban and rural areas of Missouri and the scarcity of grant resources available for rural issues in general.

“We know that our work as a changemaker cannot have its greatest impact if we are not collaborating with other regional and local funders that undoubtedly know their communities best,” said Bob Hughes, MFH president and CEO. “Going into round two of this funding program with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks demonstrates the power of partnership and how working together moves us toward the best outcomes for community health improvements.”

“The $10,000 grants reinforce our belief that local people know how to best address local needs,” said CFO President Brian Fogle. “While there are disparities between rural and urban community health, every small town or county has its own unique challenges. We trust these affiliate foundations will make the best decisions for their communities.”

A third grant round will be awarded in 2020. When complete, $750,000 in grant funding will be distributed to more than 30 communities served by CFO affiliate foundations. More information about ROHI is available at: www.cfozarks.org/rohi.

News and Updates

YouthEntrepreneurshipConferenceYouth Entrepreneurship Conference encourages business ownership

The following column appeared in the Springfield News-Leader in January 2016.

This month’s first-time “Your Job, Youth Future — Dream it, Create It” Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, held at the Main Street Baptist Church in Greenfield, was a success for Dade County high school students, administrators and local business owners.

It was hosted by DACO Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

“As a board, we recently decided to focus on community development and opted to begin with a youth conference,” DACO President David Cramer said. “We wanted to encourage our youth to think about how they can continue to live and work in the communities where they were raised. Once we decided on the focus of the conference we started calling local business owners to share their stories and no one said no.”

Students used the opportunity to ask questions of local business owners, who shared how they started their business, the challenges of owning a business in a small rural community and what job opportunities will available to students after they complete their education.

Charity Roller McGill grew up in Greenfield and is co-owner of Deep Water Software, LLC, and a local convenience store. Her keynote speech encouraged students to find value in their career choice. She explained that entrepreneurship takes creativity and a willingness to experience failure along the way. It also should be a collaborative effort, she said.

Students also heard from business owners Renee Galer, owner of Prairie Mountain in Lockwood and president of the Lockwood Community Foundation; Billy Cooper, owner of Son Sac Marine in Stockton; Thomas Frickenschmidt with Frickenschmidt Foods in Lockwood; Amanda Schnelle who owns a web and graphic design company; and Kenny Bergman with S & H Farm Supply. David Walters, CFO of Wild Planet Foods, described in the closing session how he works out of his Everton home for his northern California-based company.

With 69 students attending from Everton, Miller, Greenfield, Lockwood and Dadeville high schools, organizers felt they accomplished their goal and are already planning the next conference in 2017. The CFO and its affiliates are working on multiple fronts to advance rural economic development. Encouraging young residents to stay in or return to the communities where they grew up is crucial to the region’s future prosperity.

Alice Wingo is the West Region & Affiliate Operations Manager for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Funds and Grantmaking

Existing Funds:
Andrew Maxwell Memorial Fund
Crowder College – Greenfield Location Education Fund
Dade County Community Dental Fund
Dade County Feeding Program Fund
Dade County Improvement Group Fund
Dade County Victim Service Center Fund
Dade Lodge 518 IOOF Scholarship Fund
DACO Community Action Capacity Building Fund
DACO Community Grantmaking Endowment Fun
Dadeville Youth Empowerment Project Fund
Delta Kappa Gama Scholarship Fund
Greenfield High School Band Booster Fund
Greenfield Schools Scholarship Fund
Greenfield Wildcat Schools Fund
Grow Greenfield Fund
GHS Alumni Association Fund
Christine Dicus Jennings Scholarship Fund
Landreth Scholarship Fund
OACAC Dade County Community Building Fund
OACAC- Dade County (DACO) Hunger Challenge Fund
The Silvester and Evelyn Leonard Scholarship
Meents Family Fund
Johnny E. Tubaugh Scholarship Fund (DACO)
The Silvester and Evelyn Leonard Scholarship

Legacy Society Members:
Silvester Leonard
Randy & Renee Meents

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2016

Dade County Feeding Program Fund, $3,047
Greenfield R-4 Schools, DARE training, $200
Greenfield R-4 Schools, district wellness program, $100
Southwest Missouri Area Coalition, Restored Hope Against Addiction, $200

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2015

Dade County Feeding Program Fund, $1,533
Greenfield Ministerial Alliance, $500
Greenfield R-4 Schools, $500
Dadeville R-II School District, $500
OACAC-Dade County Neighborhood Center, $500
Dade County Health Department, $500