November 2008 regional update

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Regional Update
November 17, 2008

CFO is launching a planned giving initiative as part of the 2008-09 action plan. The initiative will grow the Legacy Society and strengthen the long-term impact of the Foundation and its 40 affiliates. Be sure to join us for the Essential Questions presentation focused on planned giving on Tuesday, November 25 at 10 a.m. We anticipate a full house, as this we’ll be discussing the requirements of the initiative and strategies to help affiliate foundations meet the goals. There’s plenty more to talk about this month, so read carefully and have your calendars handy.

In This Issue:
• CFO launches planned giving initiative
• National article examines challenges facing rural Ozarks schools
• West Plains brown bag seminar Dec. 12, “Endowments”
• December 9 interactive training from MU Extension to promote economic development through local food systems
• Affiliate news

CFO launches planned giving initiative

This year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is undertaking a major initiative to expand planned giving commitments. The initiative sets an ambitious goal of adding one new Legacy Society member from each affiliate community foundation and 20 new members from the Springfield Metro area.

Cultivating charitable planned giving is a central goal of the Foundation. Through thoughtful planned gifts, we strengthen community grantmaking, support sustainability of the agencies serving our neighbors and keep vital community capital in the Ozarks region.

To help affiliate leaders and other carry out the initiative, CFO’s next web-based Essential Questions series will focus on planned giving. The presentation, titled “Developing a Planned Giving Program” will take place on Tuesday, November 25 at 10 a.m. For participation instructions, please visit the Essential Questions page of our web site at, RSVP to Bridget Dierks at or call us at (417) 864-6199 if you plan to attend. We anticipate quite a few participants, so please let us know.

CFO’s GiftLegacy planned giving web site provides you with the latest information on thoughtful planned giving strategies, updates on legislative action that may impact financial and charitable matters, financial news, and tools to help you map out your planned giving strategies. Visit the site here,

Rural Ozarks schools featured in national Rural School and Community Trust newsletter

The Rural School and Community Trust, a potential partner in our proposed Ozarks Rural Schools Partnership, has published an excellent article on the funding disparities of rural Ozarks’ schools. Please take time to check this out. It helps make the case quite powerfully. Please note the information on federal funding for Ozarks schools. Some curious findings. View the report here,

Endowments featured at West Plains brown bag seminar on Dec. 12

CFO’s West Plains office will host a brown bag seminar for area Agency Partners on Friday, October 12, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at CFO’s office West Plains at 27 Court Square. The subject of this seminar is “Endowments.” If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Carol Silvey, CFO Senior Associate for Advancement, at (417) 256-4725. The full schedule of seminars for Agency Partners in West Plains is available on our Agency Partners resource page or jump directly to the West Plains seminar schedule via this link,

December 9: Interactive training to promote understanding of linkage between rural economic development and local agriculture

The University of Missouri Extension is hosting a special, interactive seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on December 9 titled “Promoting Economic Development Through Local Food Systems: A Training.”

Agriculture is one of Missouri’s most important industries and has been for generations. However, economic shifts and changing environmental realities are changing the nature of agriculture. These emerging realities carry plenty of opportunity. Rural communities throughout the nation are finding meaningful ways to cooperate with entrepreneurs and agricultural producers to help reinvigorate local economies through dynamic, sustainable routes.

This training is “designed to help extension specialists, economic developers, community leaders, farmers and others understand the linkages between economic development strategies and local food systems in Missouri.” The training will feature keynote speaker Leslie Schaller, Business Developer with the Appalachian Center for Economic Network.

Registration deadline is 11/26 and requires a $20 fee that covers materials and lunch. RSVP and registration info as well as a list of locations is available on the official invitation, available on the virtual office for affiliates section of our web site at,

News from the affiliates

• A number of affiliate foundations have reached their Cooper Challenge goals. For the latest news on the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks visit the web.
• The Finley River Community Foundation will host its 6th annual charity dinner on Wednesday, December 31 at the Riverside Inn in Ozark, MO. For more information contact Sarah Orr 766.7447 or
• The Greater Seymour Area Foundation released their annual report this month, highlighting a busy year for the GSAF. You can view a copy of the report on the GSAF’s page of our web site at,

Regional updates available on the web

Regional updates are now available on our web site for your convenience, just visit the affiliate foundation virtual office ( and select the issue you’d like to read.

For more information or questions regarding the content of this email, please contact Ryan Van Bibber, CFO communications coordinator, at or (417) 864-6199.