Stockton Community Foundation

“Small Town, Big Community”


  • Stockton CF NEW

    Contact Information:
    P.O. Box 105
    Stockton, MO 65785
    Phone: 417-276-4211
    Established: May 2, 2002

    Board of Governors:
    Marilyn Ellis, President
    Maggie Bough, Treasurer
    Alisa Bough
    William Jenkins
    Peter Lee
    Marvin Manring
    John Wilson Jr.

    For additional information, please contact Marilyn Ellis, President, at 417-276-7826

    Total Assets (as of June 30, 2019): $878,390

    Stockton Community Foundation Honor and Memorial Tribute Program

    Memorial Tribute

    A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE to the Stockton Community Foundation is tied to the future through funds that give back to your community. Tributes generally range from $15 to $1000.

    Honor Tribute

    With an HONOR TRIBUTE, your loved one or friend will be part of a continuing gift to their community. The Honor Tribute is a donation to the Stockton Community Foundation for future giving back to your community.

    News and Updates

    Just in Case

    Arlo Rupke, emergency management director for the city of Stockton and Cedar County, was one of many who spoke about plans in case of a disaster during the Light the Lake event July 12-14 during a meeting Thursday, June 21. The event was sponsored and refreshments provided by Stockton Community Foundation.

    Stockton Community Foundation awards Spring 2018 community grants

    $1,000 to the City of Stockton for the City Hall Art Gallery
    $1,000 to Stockton R-I school for chairs
    $1,000 to The Hill for Light the Lake’s outreach program
    $1,000 to Stockton R-I Schoo for pottery wheels
    $1,000 to NEAT for FISH art

    Stockton Community Foundation awards grants

    —Photos by Stephen Buus

    Marilyn Ellis, right, president of the Stockton Community Foundation, presents a $1,000 grant to John Wilson Jr., founder and director of the upcoming Light The Lake music festival. Light The Lake, billed as the largest free Christian music festival in Missouri, will be Thursday-Saturday, July 12-14, at Stockton Lake.

    Michelle Wheeler, left, representing the Stockton R-I school district, accepts a $1,000 Stockton Community Foundation grant from Marilyn Ellis for the purchase of chairs.

    Beth Cumins, left, with the Stockton Council on Culture and the Arts, is given a $1,000 Stockton Community Foundation grant by Marilyn Ellis for the Stockton City Hall Art Gallery.

    Malesky works with SHS students on heron sculpture

    Kiah Daulton, right, gets some advice from Joe Malesky during a break before she hammers on a piece of metal, creating texture and shape for the heron’s feathers.

    By Robert Jackson

    Sculptor Joe Malesky said it gives students ownership of the final work; but, for art students at Stockton High School, they are gettiing a chance to get down and dirty by banging hammers, using special saws and blowtorches.

    Whatever the reason, Malesky is working with SHS students on a metallic sculpture of a heron which will be placed alongside existing NEAT sculptures in the old mill area near the ballfield and Stockton Lake’s kid’s fishing pond.

    For more on what NEAT is about, visit its website

    NEAT originally gave Malesky the assignment of creating a metallic sculpture of the fish which can be found in Stockton Lake. It was placed in the area referred to as the old mill area. The sculpture grew with rocks and cattails being added a year ago. Malesky said he and NEAT want to add to it again this year with a heron.

    The heron is being fashioned by students at the high school campus, and Malesky at his Springfield studio.

    It began with Malesky creating an armature or what can be called the bare skeleton of the heron.

    It will be covered by metallic feathers and this is what students are doing.

    Working together on the heron sculpture, front from left, are Jacob Henry, Kiah Daulton, Johnny Walker, Faith Eads and Brandon Neil; and back, Joe Malesky, Charlie Carsten and Nikita Gabdeyev.

    They are cutting out metal fingers from a plain sheet. Once each finger is cut out, students grind and hammer them to provide texture and create the look of a feather. The final step is the use of a blow torch to weld the feathers on to the armature.

    During a pair of two-and-a-half hour sessions, 15 Stockton High School students, supervised by Malesky and art teacher Charlie Carsten, spent Monday, April 30, creating and attaching the feathers.

    What they do not complete, Malesky will finish at his studio. This summer, the heron will be added to the existing sculpture.

    The continuing growth of the original sculpture, originally created to recognize the bountiful fishing in Stockton Lake, represents life as it continues to grow, develop and improve.

    Future artists
    “I like helping youngsters,” Malesky said. The students clearly enjoyed themselves as they went beyond the time set for the morning session.

    When told 15 students are involved, Malesky said, “That’s huge. It’s good participation.”

    Taking ownership by creating feathers for the heron, front from left, are John Bierwogen, Mari-Ellin Witt, Ben Page, Kimberly Goldsberry, Mariah Umberhower and Garrett Barnes; and back Charlie Carsten, Joe Malesky, Brandon Neil and Aaron Merrick.

    He then thanked NEAT and its membership for allowing him to continue working on the project and giving him a chance to share his love of sculpture and art with the next generation.

    —Photos by Robert Jackson

    Community foundations awarded $10,000 grant

    Alice Wingo, left, Community Foundation of the Ozarks vice-president of affiliates, presents the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative grant award to Marilyn Ellis, Stockton Community Foundation president, center, and Kay Forest, El Dorado Springs Community Foundation.

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Missouri Foundation for Health have awarded a $10,000 grant to a partnership between the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation and the Stockton Community Foundation through the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative to address health issues in communities served by CFO’s two Cedar County-based affiliate foundations.

    The foundations will redistribute the grant to nonprofits addressing health needs in Cedar County and the surrounding area, with the application period expected to open this fall.

    “The community foundations from El Dorado Springs and Stockton are so grateful to receive this grant,” Kay Forest, board chair of the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation which submitted the application for the grant, said. “We will use this $10,000 to fund projects in Cedar County to improve local health and wellness through nonprofit groups based here in Cedar County.”

    In each of the next three years, CFO will make 10 grants of $10,000 or $300,000 total to rural affiliates in the CFO’s network to address locally identified health issues. Other recipients for 2018 include the Bolivar area, Mountain Grove area, Republic, Table Rock Lake area of Stone County and Truman Lake area of Henry County.

    This is the second phase of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, which awards funds to rural affiliates of the CFO network to address locally-identified health issues. The grant program was developed by MFH and 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.

    “For all of the 10 leading causes of death, rural rates are higher than urban, and rural areas face challenges of access and resources,” CFO president Brian Fogle said. “Thanks to their generosity and commitment to the rural parts of our state, Missouri Foundation for Health’s partnership will allow areas to address these challenges at the local level, with decisions made by those who know and care for their communities the most, their own residents.”

    STEP helps with Tiger Cares Marketplace

    Submitted by Lily Hedgecock

    The Stockton school district has started a program to help students in need through the Tiger Cares Marketplace.

    The program allows students to anonymously receive daily necessities such as deodorant, razors, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, combs and hair brushes.

    The Stockton Teen Empowerment Program is helping to collect supplies which can be dropped off at Mid-Missouri Bank, State Farm or the central office at the middle school.

    STEP attends YEP conference

    STEP students attending the conference, front from left: Kristy Bateman, Lilly Hedgecock, Cassidy Duncan and Kaitlyn Hedrick. Back: Rob Cantwell, Layla Smith, Fallon Lloyd, Misty Bock and Kaitlyn Creek.

    STEP students attending the conference, front from left: Kristy Bateman, Lilly Hedgecock, Cassidy Duncan and Kaitlyn Hedrick. Back: Rob Cantwell, Layla Smith, Fallon Lloyd, Misty Bock and Kaitlyn Creek.

    Members of the Stockton Teen Empowerment Project, a chapter of the CFO’s Youth Empowerment Project, recently attended the annual YEP conference in Springfield.

    Keynote speakers were Greene County Commissioner Lincoln Hough, who is running for a Missouri Senate seat in 2018, and state Rep. Crystal Quade, representing northwest Springfield’s  132nd District. Hough and Quade spoke about the experience and unique challenge of being young people in elected positions, the importance of community engagement and involvement, and shared how and why they personally became involved in politics.

    The students also participated in small-group exercises during the conference, held in October at the Southwest Center for Independent Living.

    The Youth Empowerment Project is a program of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The goal of the program is to promote the principles of philanthropy for high school and middle school students through education, community grantmaking, service projects and fundraising. STEP is one of about 30 chapters across the region.

    The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation serving central and southern Missouri through a network of donors, nonprofit partners and affiliate foundations, including the Stockton Community Foundation.

    Stocktonsigns9-17Signs depict life in Stockton

    Nine new signs have been placed around Stockton’s square depicting some of the aspects of life in Stockton. The signs, created by McNeal Art Work, were purchased by the city through a grant from Stockton Community Foundation. They include three welcome signs, a hiker, eagle, bass, children fishing, tractor and deer.


    Agencies learn about planned giving

    Alice Wingo, vice president of regional advancement for Community Foundation of the Ozarks, spoke Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Korth Center about planned giving options.

    Stockton Tri has another successful year

    20621328_1676088969076640_5651486868156049043_nThe annual Stockton Wild-Life Tri, held Aug. 6, was another great event presented by Stockton Community Foundation, Zumwalt Pharmacy as premier sponsor.

    LibrarytableA Thank You from the Stockton Middle School Library

    So many people to thank!

    From our awesome custodians, maintenance, and tech staff  who put up with, and completed all of my requests, to the Stockton Community Foundation and Stockton Lake Sertoma Club for listening to my vision and granting us the funds so I could see it through. Thank you Jessica Frakes Campbell for putting so much thought and “love” into my beautiful, travel themed bulletin board AND for researching my Makerspace idea and stocking it with supplies that will allow students to use their imaginations while also challenging their minds. So thankful for Dr. Shannon Snow who stayed up extra late to cut out all of my favorite quotes from vinyl so I could share them with students and Angela Jones for the incredible mural that she created.

    SCF gives out grant awards
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    Cedar County Sheriff James McCrary, top, accepts a $1,800 check from Stockton Community Foundation for body cameras for deputies. Sara Young, bottom, accepts a $2,000 check for the computer science classroom and a $2,000 check for Stockton Robotics Club classroom from SCF. Young is the computer tech teacher.

    Triathlon3Third-annual Stockton Tri a big success

    140 athletes from eight states and France competed in the third annual Stockton Lake Wildlife Challenge triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 7. Participants competed in two divisions — the “Olympic” division competed on a longer course — either as individuals or part of a team.

    Triathlon2The annual event is a fundraiser for the Stockton Community Foundation, which organizes the triathlon.

    You can find hundreds of photos from the Stockton Lake Tri on the event’s Facebook page

    Triathlon1You can read coverage of the event in the Cedar County Republican here

    SAMAGrant6-6-16SAMA receives grant

    Michael Tunnel, left, accepts a $500 check from Stockton Community Foundation president Marilyn Ellis for the SAMA back to school program. (Photo by Robert Jackson)

    Osage Nation trail art design winners announced

    Pic 2Mary Norell announces the finalist art designers from Melody Grayson’s American history class. The students studied the Stockton area Osage tribe and came up with designs to be submitted to the Osage Nation with the hopes of them approving a design to be placed on one of the Nature Education Art Trails. Finalists, from left, are Kate Brown (not pictured), Gunner Bothman, artist, and researchers Kaytlyn Millard and Ali Burns; and Charlotte Hamilton.

    STEP 5-11-16 one webStockton High School STEP students award grants

    STEP 5-11-16 two webLed by Stockton Teen Empowerment Program President Gabby Johnson, Stockton High School’s STEP club raised money throughout the school year for projects and the Stockton community. At the end of the 2015-16 school year, STEP used some of the money it raised for grants to two teachers. Pictured with the school’s STEP students are the teachers, Michelle Wheeler, pictured above, and Courtney Cross, below. Wheeler, a reading teacher, received $203.50. Cross, a middle school art instructor, received $223.83.

    New SCF board member gets quick start

    Bough, Alisa mugAlisa Bough isn’t new to community service, but she is new to the Stockton Community Foundation board. Just a month into her board term, Bough said she’s learning the ropes and plans to stay involved as long as she can fulfill the organization’s needs.

    Previously, Bough served as the director of nursing at Stockton Nursing Home (now Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility) for nearly 19 years. Now, she works part-time as a registered nurse and maintains involvement in other community service and organization projects, like the Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance and Stockton’s benefit walk for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

    But, if you ask about her community service experience, she won’t linger on the subject.

    “I don’t like to toot my own horn,” she said.

    If she won’t, others will.

    Stockton R-I superintendent Shannon Snow previously occupied the board spot Bough just took, and has no doubts about her capabilities in the position.

    “I have worked with Alisa on other projects and committees in the past,” Snow said. “She will do an excellent job for the Stockton Community Foundation. She is very talented, and cares for the Stockton community.”

    Still, Bough said she prefers to work for the community without advertising it. The word must have gotten out, though, because the foundation reached out to her and asked her to join the board.

    “I was very honored to be asked,” she said. “I did appreciate  they thought of me.”

    The Stockton Community Foundation, which maintains funds and offers grants to organizations benefiting Stockton, is a non-profit community development foundation and part of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

    “I think they’ve done well,” Bough said, “and I don’t think the community knows how well they have done.”

    She said this probably is because the foundation often works behind the scenes, without drawing a lot of publicity. Although the foundation’s work may be little-known, Bough said it’s vital.

    “Without an organization like this, there’s not a way for people to feel really safe about financial funding,” she said. “It’s a way to be assured of where your funds are going.”

    Bough said the foundation lends credibility to funding, and aims for each partner organization to succeed.

    Although Snow has left the foundation board, she said she will remain involved through scholarship programs and other programs benefiting Stockton R-I students.

    STEP: Teens Think Globally and Act Locally

    STEP Leaders 12-21-15Submitted by Kristy Bateman
    Stockton Teen Empowerment Program is a nonprofit organization led by teacher leaders Rob Cantwell and Melody Grayson; and student leaders, Amanda Pitts, Gabby Johnson, Sophia Antonopoulos, Kayla Smith, Kristy Bateman and Naidene Barlow. STEP raises money to create grants to give back to our community.

    We already have accomplished many things this year. We’ve given to Stockton’s Food Pantry by working with Stockton High School’s student council as they trick-or-treated for canned goods. We had a face painting booth at the 2015 Black Walnut Festival to raise grant money for Matt’s (Chism) fund, decorated Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility, went Christmas caroling and took part in trail clean up around Stockton Lake.

    Last year STEP gave a grant to the publications class in Stockton Middle School. Lori Long was able to purchase more camera supplies to help make memories remembered in their yearbook. A grant was given to Michelle Wheeler, who used the money to improve the elementary reading program. There has been great growth in the young students’ reading skills.

    Caroling 12-21-15If you would like to help your community by purchasing a non-sweatshop made $15 T-shirt or would like to apply for a grant, email the leaders of STEP at, or call Stockton High School at 276-5143 and ask for Rob Cantwell.

    Pictured: Stockton Teen Empowerment Program students sing Christmas carols on the square Wednesday, Dec. 9. Photos by Marilyn Ellis.

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    Funds and Grantmaking

    Existing Funds:

    Courtney Lee Gant Anti-Bullying Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Hammons Products Company Benevolence Fund
    Hammons Products Company Fund
    Impact 100 Stockton Lake Fund
    Darrell & Betty Johnson Community Spirit Award Fund
    Larry L. Jones Scholarship Fund
    Korth Senior Center Endowment Fund
    Korth Center Senior Meals Fund
    Paul & Brenda Long Family Fund
    NEAT Fund (Nature Educational Art Trails)
    Rieder Family Fund
    Aubree V. Schmid Memorial Fund
    SAMA Food Pantry Fund
    SCF Board Fund
    SCF Triathlon Endowment Fund
    SCF Triathlon Fund
    Skaggs/Exxon Mobil Administrative Endowment Fund
    Stockton Area Arts Council Fund
    Stockton Christmas Baskets Fund
    Stockton Community Foundation Administrative Fund
    Stockton Community Foundation Grantmaking Fund
    Stockton Community Leadership Development Fund
    Stockton Lake Conservation Fund
    Stockton Lions Community Fund
    Stockton Nursing Home Fund
    Stockton Rebuilding Fund
    Stockton Revolving Loan Fund
    Stockton Senior Center Capacity Building Fund *
    Stockton United Methodist Church Endowment Fund
    Stockton Teen Empowerment Program Grant Fund
    Stockton Teen Empowerment Program Endowment Fund
    Stockton Public Schools Foundation
    >Stockton Public Schools Foundation Abbott Scholarship Fund
    >Stockton Public Schools Foundation General Scholarship Fund
    >Stockton Public Schools Foundation Korth Scholarship Fund
    >Stockton Public Schools Foundation Miller Scholarship Fund
    >Stockton Public Schools Foundation Special Projects Fund
    >Ted and Cleva Sell Memorial Fund
    Stockton Trails Initiative Coalition Fund
    Stockton Veterans Memorial Fund
    Tiger Tasters Fund
    Tiger Tasters Endowment Fund
    Violet Chapter 480 OES Fund
    Joe & Sue Webb Scholarship Fund
    * A subfund of Care Connection for Aging Services

    Legacy Society

    Alisa Bough
    Marilyn & Donnie Ellis
    Gary & Jana Funk
    William Jenkins
    Peter Lee
    Brian & Kim Hammons
    Kathie & Larry Rieder

    2017 Community Grants

    $1,800 – Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, body cameras
    $500 – Future Business Leaders of America, national convention (students placed fifth in the nation)
    $2,000 – Stockton High School Robotics Club
    $2,000- SHS Science classroom
    $1,050 – Stockton Middle School library
    $2,310.40 – City of Stockton, metal signs for the square

    Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2016

    Stockton R-I Public Schools, trails-related programming, $660
    STEP Grant: Stockton R-I Public Schools, Title 1 reading progam, $204
    STEP Grant: Stockton R-I Public Schools, art program, $224
    Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance, thrift store, $500
    Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance, backpack program, $500
    NEAT Fund (Nature Educational Art Trails), education programming, $3,500

    Community Grants, 2013

    Leonard Burton, left, and Larry Pursley accept a check Sunday, March 30, from Stockton Community Foundation’s spring grant cycle. The money will be used to replace a food processing cover and repair some sprinkler issues.

    Leonard Burton, left, and Larry Pursley accept a check Sunday, March 30, from Stockton Community Foundation’s spring grant cycle. The money will be used to replace a food processing cover and repair some sprinkler issues.


    Stockton Special Education Classroom, $600
    Accelerated Reader Program, $750
    Title I Reading Program, $300
    Parents As Teachers, $450
    Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance, $300


    Fiscal Year 2015

    Stockton R-I Public Schools, community pocket park, $2,000
    Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance, food pantry, $600
    Ozark Trails Council, BSA, education program, $500
    STEP Grant: Stockton R-I Public Schools, $800
    Stockton Trails Initiative Coalition project, $1,300
    Stockton R-I Public Schools, $1,250
    Friends of the RB Project, horsemanship arena, $3,450
    NEAT sculpture trail costs, $7,000

    Fiscal Year 2014

    Stockton United Methodist Church, $1,070
    Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance, $700
    Stockton R-I Public Schools, $1,600
    Korth Senior Center, $280
    Stockton Project HOPE, $1,000
    Korth Senior Center, meals, $608
    Stockton Trails Initiative Coalition Fund, $800
    Tiger Tasters Fund, $2,000

    Fiscal Year 2013

    Tiger Tasters Backpack Program, $1,070
    Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance
    Upward Bound Scholarship Program, $500
    Stockton Elementary School Student Gardening Project, $850
    Korth Senior Center Equipment Purchase, $280
    SAMA Christmas Basket Program, $200
    Stockton Area Project Hope, $1,000
    Stockton R-1 Music Department, $250