October 2008 regional update

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Regional Update
October 15, 2008

The Cooper Challenge is entering its final months, so affiliate foundation leaders will want to join us for the October 28 Essential Questions presentation focused on the next steps for the campaign. There’s lots of information in this month’s edition, so be sure to read it all carefully. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email with questions, comments, or just to say hello.

In This Issue:
• Cooper Challenge focus of next Essential Questions presentation
• West Plains brown bag seminar for Agency Partners
• Seymour to be featured on KSMU’s “Making a Difference”
• IRA Rollover materials on the web
• Reconnecting with our agricultural roots in rural communities

Cooper Challenge focus of next Essential Questions on Oct. 28

The 2008.09 Essential Questions series continues on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. with an important conversation about the Cooper Campaign for participating affiliates. This presentation, titled Cooper Challenge: What are the next steps?, will explore strategies and expectations as the Cooper Campaign enters its final months. Keep an eye on your inbox for participation instructions.

The full schedule for the Essential Question series as well as archived presentations can be found on our web site at, http://www.cfozarks.org/essential-questions-series/.

“Giving in the Ozarks” brown bag seminar in West Plains, Oct. 17

CFO’s West Plains office will host a brown bag seminar for area Agency Partners on Friday, October 17, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at CFO’s office West Plains at 27 Court Square. The subject of this week’s seminar is “Giving in the Ozarks.” 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 website at www.cfozarks.org.

KSMU to feature Greater Seymour Area Foundation on “Making a Difference” series

KSMU and CFO have once again partnered for the quarterly “Making a Difference Where You Live” series. The next edition airs on Thursday, October 30, with part one at 7:30 a.m. and part 2 at 4:30 p.m. This episode features the Greater Seymour Area Foundation. You can listen to this episode and the complete series on the KSMU web site at, http://www.ksmu.org/webaudio/MAD/.

Making a Difference is a collaboration between CFO and KSMU that focuses topics exploring how volunteerism and philanthropic efforts address community needs across the Ozarks.

IRA Rollover materials available on the web

Congress extended an excellent charitable planning opportunity for both 2008 and 2009. You’ll want to share this exciting news with your community. To accomodate this, CFO has prepared a customizable press release detailing the news about the IRA Charitable Rollover. All you have to do is add your affiliate’s name, change the date and send it to your local paper. You can download the press release on CFO’s Virtual Office, http://www.cfozarks.org/affiliates/virtual-office-for-affiliate-network/.

This act permits an IRA owner age 70½ or older to make a direct transfer to charity. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows otherwise taxable distributions of up to $100,000 during each taxable year, from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA, to charity to be excluded from gross income. The transfer may be up to $100,000 in one year and this IRA rollover will exist for year 2008 and year 2009.

CFO would be happy to visit with your organization or donors about making a charitable gift or establishing a charitable fund through an IRA rollover. Please give us call at (417) 864-6199.

Reconnecting with our agricultural roots

Across America many small communities are discovering innovative and meaningful ways to support local agricultural entrepreneurship. Niche agriculture efforts, community supported agriculture (CSA’s), organic farms, farmers’ markets, and farm to school programs are all concepts receiving more and more attention. Check out this article to see how one small town reinvented itself through the development of local agriculture.

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 (http://www.cfozarks.org/affiliates/virtual-office-for-affiliate-network/) 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 rvanbibber@cfozarks.org or (417) 864-6199.