Truman Lake Community Foundation

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Contact Info:
P.O. Box 463
Clinton, MO 64735

Established May 15, 2000

Board of Directors:
Jim Cook, President
Meredith Cooper, Vice President
Sandie Sorbo, Secretary
Nina Sisk, Treasurer
Sandra Thomason, Historian
Jake Fowler
Kathy Garnett
Gary Groff
Bryan Himes
Kristi Kenney
Chris Rutter
Randy Shipman
Robert Wheeler

For more information:
Contact Jim Cook, President, at (660) 351-4720 and

Total Assets (as of June 30, 2019): $9,630,607

Truman Lake Community Foundation Community Grantmaking Program

The Truman Lake Community Foundation supports organizations and projects serving the Henry County and Truman Lake area. The application period for our next community grantmaking program runs Aug. 1 through Aug. 30. Click here to apply online (search for “Truman Lake”).

The Clinton Youth Empowerment Project also makes youth-oriented grants to Clinton-area programs.

Download and print a copy of the YEP Grant application (PDF) (Word)

News and Updates

Truman Lake Community Foundation Spring 2018 Grant Awards

Truman Lake Community Foundation is celebrating 20 years of supporting area philanthropic endeavors. TLCF was incorporated in 1998 when the Step Into Tomorrow Foundation and the Henry County Foundation joined in a common effort to improve the quality of life in the Golden Valley and Henry County areas.

TLCF became an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in Springfield, MO in May 2000. Since that time the local foundation holds 132 funds under its umbrella and has distributed 1,170 grants to the community totaling over $2.7 million. These grants come in the forms of scholarships, fund distributions and two community grantmaking cycles each year. There have been 2,866 gifts into the TLCF funds totaling over $8 million. Total assets held by Truman Lake Community Foundation as of June 2018 is nearly $7.5 million.

One of the 2018 Spring Grant Awards was presented to Henry County 4-H to help boost the start of a new Robotics program. In addition to the cash award, two TLCF Board members assisted with a software donation and links to additional funding and support sources. Left to right: Gary Groff, TLCF; Travis Harper, Verlinda Talley and Tracy Delaney with Henry County 4-H.

Left to right: Linda Wilson holding future “camper” Kinley Wilson and Donna Doll, First Presbyterian Church of Clinton; Sandie Sorbo TLCF. This Spring 2018 grant will help fund counselors for the church’s Traveling Jesus Camp — a free, 5-day day camp for area children Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Truman Lake Community Foundation’s next grant cycle will open August 1, 2018. A new online application process will be implemented with a closing deadline of August 31, 2018. Watch for more information in mid-July.

Truman Lake Community Foundation met at Piccadilly Park to award their Spring Grants. Two of the grants that were awarded went to Living Waters Foundation.

Pictured are Gary Groff, TLCF Board member and Joyce Brown with Living Waters Foundation. This award will enable Living Waters to provide free field trips for special needs children and will also provide scholarships for the Jeremiah Camp.

Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission was present to pick up their award which matches an initial pledged amount and completes the $10,000 that is required to fully cover ALL Henry County First Responders under the SAFE Program. Pictured are: L to R — Sonny Lunch, CPD; DJ Maupin & BR Dodson, MSHP; Leo Huff & Mark Manuel, CFD; TLC Board Member Gary Groff; Jeramiah Sullivan & Patrick Barry, CPD; Avi Elpien, GVMH EMS; Sonny Wilson, SAFE Executive Director.

TLCF President Randy Shipman presents a check for $907 to Angie Wishard with the Clinton School District Early Childhood Center for outdoor play area equipment and developmental learning materials.

Board member Meredith Cooper presents a check to Leslie Powell for Henry Elementary 1st Grade Teachers for an ETS Hand 2 Mind Guided Math Series.

Truman Lake Community Foundation Presents 2018 Spring Grant Awards

Truman Lake Community Foundation Inc. is celebrating its 20th year! We are a philanthropic not-for-profit organization helping organizations, schools, churches and individuals fund various projects and endeavors that will have a positive impact in the Truman Lake area and especially Henry County, Missouri. Fourteen projects recently received grant awards during the Foundation’s 2018 Spring Grant Cycle. Three of the awardees are:

2018 Grant Committee member Dr. Gary Groff, left, presents an award to Annisa Bracher and Amy Gardner, teachers at Clinton Intermediate School. The grant award will be used to purchase classroom furniture that will provide simple, functional and customizable options for use by up to 50 multi-aged students.

Casey Johannsen, left, accepts a grant award from Grant Committee Chair Sandie Sorbo for additional archery targets for the increased participation in the archery program at Leesville School.

Loree Walrath, left, with the Literacy Council of Clinton accepts an award for two grants from TLCF Grant Committee member Meredith Cooper. This award will purchase books for children participating in the Harvesters’ BackSnack Program and for children receiving immunizations at Henry County Public Health Center.

Truman Lake Community Foundation is honored to support these worthwhile projects that will have a positive impact in our communities. Watch for more photos in upcoming press releases!

“Caring for our Quality of Life”

Truman Lake Community Foundation demonstrates “Caring for our Quality of Life” by awarding three local grants and offering a new grant promotion.

Shauna Smith representing Clinton Mid-Day Optimists received a Truman Lake Community Foundation Grant from Dr. Gary Groff, TLCF Board Member. The $500 award will fund one scholarship to a student who successfully completes the Missouri Options Class at Clinton High School.

Meredith Cooper, TLCF Board Member presented Henry County Sheriff, Kent Oberkrom and Major Rob Hills of Henry County Sheriff s Office a grant that will purchase six body cameras worn by Deputies.

Truman Lake Community Foundation makes 2015 community grants

Truman Lake Community Foundation is pleased to announce that five outstanding community projects have received the 2015 Spring grant awards.   Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has now awarded 194 grants totaling nearly $276,000.

Henry Elementary Title Reading

Henry Elementary Title Reading Program received a grant to purchase the “Handprints” series reading books that will be used by over 100 K – 2 students.  Pictured left to right Robert Wheeler, TLCF Grant Committee Chair, teacher Denise Craig and TLCF Board member Sandie Sorbo.

CHS After Prom

Left to right Robert Wheeler, TLCF Grant Committee Chair, Cindy Cates, CHS After Prom Committee and Sandie Sorbo, TLCF Board member.  CHS After Prom received a grant to help fund the alcohol and drug-free party after the Clinton High School Prom on May 2.

Henry County Rescue Mission 2

Henry County Rescue Mission received a grant to assist with their Project Hope.  This program helps meet immediate physical needs of underserved individuals of any age.  Pictured back row Kara Manning, grant writer, Sandie Sorbo, TLCF Board member; front row Gary Lance and Frank Haidusek, Henry County Rescue Mission, TLCF Grant Committee Chair Robert Wheeler and John VanWinkle, Henry County Rescue Mission.

Parents As Teachers 2

Parents As Teachers representatives left to right Judi Honeywell and Leslie Powell received a grant award from Sandie Sorbo, TLCF Board member and Robert Wheeler, TLCF Grant Committee Chair.  The grant will fund the purchase of produce and craft supplies for the PAT’s Family Farm Night.

Traveling Day Camp 1

Clinton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Clinton received a grant to fund one leader and 4 counselors for this summer’s Traveling Day Camp.  This camp is a cooperative effort of the Christian Church and Clinton’s First Presbyterian Church and is free of charge for up to 42 area youngsters.  Pictured left to right Robert Wheeler, TLCF Grant Committee Chair, Rev. David Dubovich, Clinton Christian Church, Pastor Kevin Jones, First Presbyterian Church, Sandie Sorbo, TLCF Board member and Gloria Burke, Christian Church member and camp volunteer.

The 2015 Fall Grant cycle application deadline is August 31, 2015.  Find applications above.

Funds and Grantmaking

Exisiting Funds:

Anonymous Fund (unrestricted)
Virgil and Patsy Beaty Scholarship Fund
Peggy Poague Bollin United Methodist Church Endowment Fund
John & Betty Brecht Endowment Fund for Clinton Arts Council
John & Betty Brecht Endowment Fund for United Methodist Church, Clinton, Mo
Wayne L. Briggs Memorial Scholarship Fund
John B. Browning Fund
Bill J. and Patricia A. Burgess Fund
Joe Burkhart Memorial Scholarship Fund
Burnsides Scholarship Fund
Clinton Animal Rescue Endeavor Capacity Building Fund
Clinton Area Arts Foundation Fund
Clinton Christian Academy Endowment Fund
The Clinton Christian Academy Gymnasium Fund
Clinton Christian Academy Scholarship Endowment Fund
Clinton First Baptist Church Endowment Fund #2
Clinton Industrial Development Corporation Fund
Calvin Downing AG Legacy Scholarship Fund
Henry County Historical Society/Dorman House Fund
Henry County Library Fund
Henry County Memory Fund
Clinton Main Street Partnership Fund
Clinton Memorial Camp Fund
Clinton Senior Center Service Board Operations Fund
Clinton Scout Center Endowment Fund
Clinton Scout Center Operations Fund
Clinton Youth Empowerment Program Fund
Clinton Youth Empowerment Program Endowment Fund
Gifford Scholarship Fund
Bob & Ginnie Cook Family Foundation
Dody/Young Scholarship Fund
Community Memorial Fund
Douglas and Kristi Kenney Family and Community Fund
EFWHA Charitable Fund
Marjorie Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund
First Baptist Church Fund
Betty Fowler Scholarship Fund
Gabby Girls Scholarship Fund
Joan Young Gardner Scholarship Fund
Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Fund
Groff Family Fund
GVMH Foundation Fund
Bruce Hadley Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund
Heard – Wetzel Fund (unrestricted)
Henry County Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks Capacity Building Fund
Henry County Historical Society Endowment Fund
Henry County Historical Society Children’s Corner and Theatre Fund
Henry County Historical Society Perpetual Fund
Henry County Library Endowment Fund
Henry County Soldiers Memorial Maintenance Fund
Virginia Hess Scholarship Fund
Lovella Hilty Memorial Scholarship Fund
Earl N. Hutcherson Expo Center Memorial Fund
Elizabeth A. Hutcherson Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth A. Hutcherson United Methodist Endowment Fund
Denver W. & Marjorie J. Johnson Fund
KCP&L Fund
Robert W. Kelsay Scholarship Fund
Sara Jane and Anthony J. Komer Family and Community Fund
Tony Komer Foundation
The Lakeland High School Vocational Scholarship Fund
Lakeland R-III Foundation Fund
Lakeland Scholarship Fund
Lakeland Viking Alumni Scholarship Fund
Landaker Perpetual Care Fund
Jeanette Lawson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Literacy Council of Clinton Fund
Rebekah Maupin Memorial Endowment Fund
Thomas W. McNutt Family and Community Fund
WHS E.C. and Chloe Merritt Scholarship Fund
Harold D. and Mary A. Mills Memorial Endowment Fund
Harold and Mary Mills Scholarship Fund
Terry and Deborah Mitchel Scholarship Fund
Non-Designated Gift Fund: Education Foundation for Clinton Students
People for Animal Welfare Services Endowment Fund
The Perpetual Ministries Fund of the Clinton United Methodist Church
Prevention Services for Youth Fund
Susan Price Memorial Scholarship Fund
Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship Fund
Quality of Life Endowment Fund
Sadler-Paxton Memorial Scholarship Fund
Sagrada Scholarship Bible Camp Fund
Sagrada Scholarship Bible Camp Directors Memorial Endowment Fund
The Samaritan Center Endowment Fund
Samaritan Center Maintenance Account Fund
Pauline Schenewark Wheeler Endowment Fund
Schumacher Foundation
Ronda Seaton, DVM Memorial Scholarship Fund
Seeds of Faith Preschool Building Fund
Show Me Love for the Virgin Islands Fund
Skidmore Foundation Fund
Curtis Dick Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund
Stephens/Hendrich/ARCO Educator of the Year Fund
Stephens Scholarship Fund
Douglas and Sandra Thomason Fund
Gunner Lee Thomason Autism Scholarship Fund
Sandra E. & Douglas L. Thomason Family Fund
Thomason Family Endowment Fund
TLCF First Responders Fund
Truman Lake Community Foundation Administrative Endowment Fund
Truman Lake Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund
The Truman Lake Community Support Fund
Truman Lake Impact Grantmaking Fund
Twin Lakes Hospice Fund
Twin Lakes Hospice Long Term Fund
Union State Bank and Trust Fund (unrestricted)
Julius F. and Sally Wall Fund (unrestricted)
Robert S. Wheeler FBC Fund
Ollie and Doreen E Whitt Memorial Scholarship Fund
University of Missouri Extension Council – Henry County Endowment Fund
Kurt Wallace Scholarship Fund
Wienberg-Himes Mathematics Educators Fund
Windsor First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund
Windsor Senior Center Service Board Operations Fund*
# Wrigley Fund
* A subfund of Care Connection for Aging Services.
# Denotes that this is a Legacy Fund, established by bequest.

Legacy Society Members
Berry & Judy Beebe
John & Betty Brecht (both deceased)
Bryan Himes
J.C. Smith
Douglas and Sandra Thomason
Robert S. Wheeler

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2016

Support for Alzheimer’s patients in need, $5,900
Parents as Teachers – Clinton Schools, Teen Group support $250
Henry Elementary School, special education needs, $960
Henry Elementary School, Cardinal Preschool, $1,086
Deepwater Cemetery Perpetual Fund Inc., cemetery rehab, $1,000
Golden Valley Door of Hope, health education manuals, $3,000
Education Foundation for Clinton Students, Inc., after-prom support, $1,000
Montrose Development Corporation, community building construction, $2,500
Calhoun R-VIII Schools, technology needs, $1,600
Urich Interchurch Council, Inc., copy machine, $700
Parents as Teachers – Clinton Schools, family literacy materials, $200
Henry County Extension (University of MO Extension Council), Clover Kids 4-H program, $1,300
Literacy Council of Clinton, books, $33
Appleton City R-II School District, after-prom support, $1,000
Osceola Schools, after-prom support, $1,000
Truman Lake Cancer Relief Fund, assistance for cancer patients, $2,500
Henry County Rescue Mission, transitional mission for homeless, $3,000
Living Waters Ranch, day camp for kids, $500
Henry County Prosecutor, supplies for victim’s advocates, $945

Community Grants Fiscal Year 2015

Memorial Project, $33,546
Support for Alzheimer’s patients in need, $1,260
YEP Grant: Clinton School District #124, social studies program, $250
YEP Grant: Holy Rosary Catholic Schools, Pre-K program, $250
YEP Grant: Leesville R-9 School District, middle school math program, $220
YEP Grant: Shawnee R-3 School District, math supplies, $257
YEP Grant: Clinton School District #124, reading materials, $250
Leesville R-9 School District, portable basketball goals, $3,532
Clinton School District #124, Missouri Studies subscription, $800
Sherwood Cass R-VIII School District, laptops for disabled students, $2,100
Clinton School District #124, online curriculum, $1,200
Clinton School District #124, play equipment, $725
Chilhowee R-IV School District, handicap ramp, $676
Golden Valley Daycare, $2,060
Henry County Health Center, educational materials, $750
27th Circuit Recovery Court, Positive Reinforcement Program, $1,000
Clinton Mid-Day Optimists, school supply packets, $800
Henry County Rescue Mission, $2,000
Clinton Christian Church, staff leadership training, $2,000
Education Foundation for Clinton Students, Inc., post-prom needs, $500
Education Foundation for Clinton Students, Inc., Parents as Teachers, $100
Clinton School District #124, Henry Elementary reading materials, $491