Barton County Community Foundation

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Contact Information:

206 W. 10th St.
Lamar, MO 64759

Established: Sept. 10, 2015

Board of Governors:

Nancy Curless, President
George Nichols, Vice President
Jen Ogden, Secretary
Tom Shields, Treasurer
Bruce Belline
Heidi Johnson
Melissa Little
Cindy McFadden
Jane Moyer
Judy Rice


Music and barbecue were on the menu at the first Barton County Community Foundation donor appreciation barbecue in 2016.

For more information contact Nancy Curless, President, at


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Total Assets (as of Dec. 31, 2018): $124,797

News and Updates

Barton County Community Foundation 2018 Grant Awards

University of Missouri Extension & Barton County Health Department, Summer Lovin’ Health Challenge: $200
Lindsey Stephenson
Co-sponsored by MU Extension and BC Health Department, the Summer Lovin’ Health Challenge is a 12-week healthy behavior change program developed by the BC Health Department and the MU Extension Nutrition Specialist. Barton County’s obesity rate is 35 percent and is higher than the 31 percent state average. Healthy habit tools, including cook books, water bottles, pedometers, etc. will be provided at no charge to all Barton County residents ages 18 and older.

About Our Kids Inc. (AOK), Healthy Sun Habits: $300
Jerod Morey
AOK Summer Camp serves 80–100 children in grades kindergarten to tenth, and they are outside three to four hours each day. AOK’s request included financial assistance to educate the youth about the importance of daily sun protection and for sunscreen to help protecting them during camp. Staff will use education components from the American Academy of Dermatologists.

City of Lamar Parks & Recreation, Moore Pavilion Flower Beds: $400
Heidi Johnson
The City of Lamar Parks & Recreation requested funds to improve the flower beds around the Moore Pavilion. Civic groups have cared for the beds in the past, but this responsibility has been turned over to the city. The current beds are crumbling and trees are splitting and dying. The funding would allow old beds to be torn down, new beds built, dirt added, and new plants purchased and planted. The City of Lamar will provide in-kind support by providing labor for the project. The Moore Pavilion is used year-round for various events, including the Lamar Fair Livestock Show, church and business events and the 10th Street Community Farmers Market.

Golden Harvest Days, Vinyl Signs for Events: $400
Allen Rice
The Golden Harvest Days Committee requested funds to replace old and worn out signs identifying and promoting their annual GHD event throughout the town. Other signs will designate locations for games, ticket purchases, food stands and other activities throughout the three-day event. Based on prior results, participation from Barton County is 90 percent.

10th Street Farmers Market, Farmers Market Porta Potty: $450
Lendi Davis
The 10th Street Farmers Market operates seven months of the year with vendors and patrons gathering twice weekly. One-hundred percent of this project serves a multi-area community area of Barton County. The market allows residents to purchase locally produced fruits, vegetables, plants and miscellaneous items, encouraging local family owned business. The 10th Street Farmers Market is a member in good standing with the Lamar Community Betterment, therefore eligible to fall under their 501(c)3.

Lamar Community Betterment, Wayfinding Signs: $750
Elaine Davis
The Lamar Community Betterment requested funds to improve wayfinding signs throughout Lamar. Upgrades will be more visible for a safer environment during festivals, sporting events, car shows and more. The City of Lamar will provide an in-kind match with installation and labor for the project. An additional $500 will come from community donations. The signs will be included in the Missouri CB Project at the October 2018 Annual Conference.

Aff second place - Barton County

CFO honors Nancy Curless, BCCF at annual Affiliate Conference

Nancy Curless, president of the Barton County Community Foundation, received a Board Member Award of Excellence from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Curless was one of five board leaders within the CFO’s 49-member affiliate network honored at the annual affiliate conference on April 19 in Springfield.

In addition, the BCCF received 2nd-place honors for Affiliate of the Year in its group. It was one of eight of the 49 affiliate foundations to receive first- or second-place honors. The award comes with $500 for the BCCF’s unrestricted grantmaking fund.

The winners were selected based on their efforts to present philanthropic programming and provide leadership in their communities; develop new funds; recruit and retain strong board members; and offer community grantmaking opportunities.

Nancy Curless Board member of Excellence“Under Nancy’s leadership, the Barton County Community Foundation has made great progress in the short time since it joined our affiliate network,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We have been very impressed with BCCF’s activities and commitment in promoting philanthropy in the community.”

Community Grantmaking

2018 Community Grants are now open for application. Paperwork is due by Feb. 2, with awards handed out the “Casino for a Cause” fundraising gala on Feb. 24.

Click here to download an application

2017 Community Grants

Barton County 4-H, Veteran’s library project $750
Golden Harvest Days $750
Matching grant for Give Ozarks, AOK $500
Matching grant for Give Ozarks, Golden Harvest Days $400
Coover Grant Recipient Good Samaritan $20,000
Coover Grant Recipient Golden Harvest Days $11,250

2016 Community Grants
University of Missouri Extension – Barton County, 4H project, $500

Existing Funds

About Our Kids Fund
Barton County Community Fund
Barton County Community Foundation Administrative Capacity Fund
Barton County Good Samaritan Fund
Golden City Little League Fund
Golden Harvest Days Fund
Bob Johnson Scholarship Fund
Danny and Jewell Little Charitable Fund
Peterson Outdoor Ministries Fund