September 2008 Regional Update

Regional Update
September 17, 2008

Regional meetings are just around the corner, so be sure to get signed up to attend. Our special seminar series for Agency Partners in West Plains and the surrounding area kicks off this week, and the Essential Questions series starts next week. It’s going to be a busy fall at CFO, so mark your calendars now.

In This Issue:
• Sign up now to attend CFO’s regional meetings
• “Women in Philanthropy” brown bag seminar in West Plains, Sep. 19
• Essential Questions series kicks off on Sep. 23
• Hickory County grassroots effort for Cooper Campaign
• Agency Partner Profile: Grupo Latinoamericano

Sign up now to attend the regional meetings

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a regional meeting in your area. Board members from your organization are invited to attend to learn more about current CFO initiatives, planned giving strategies, our newly designed website and much more.

Please bring two good development/fundraising ideas to share. We will also have ample time for discussion and questions. The schedule and RSVP information is as follows:

• West Plains – September 30, West Plains Country Club, 1402 Country Club Dr
• Cuba – October 2, Wallis Companies, 106 E. Washington
• Clinton – October 8, Hampton Inn, 900 Kansas Ave
• Carthage – October 14, Broadview Country Club, 988 S. Country Cub Rd.
• Branson – October 16, The Village at Indian Point, 24 Village Trail, Branson

To help with our planning, please let us know by September 26, 2008, if you will attend by calling Suzanne Grammer in our office at (417) 864-6199, toll free 888-266-6815, or via e-mail at

“Women in Philanthropy” brown bag seminar in West Plains, Sep. 19

CFO’s West Plains office will host it’s first brown bag seminar for area Agency Partners on Friday, September 19, 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 Women in Philanthropy. 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

2008.09 Essential Questions series kicks off on Sep 23

The 2008.09 Essential Questions series kicks off on September 23 with a presentation titled Building Philanthropic Assets for History Museums, and continues through the spring. The full schedule as well as archived presentations can be found on our web site at,

Hickory County using grassroots effort to raise money for the Cooper Campaign

Hickory County is gearing up for big fall packed with exciting events as part of a grassroots fundraising effort to support the Hickory County Community Improvement Foundation’s (HCCIF) goal to raise $25,000 for the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks. This money will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Cooper Campaign.

First on the agenda for Hickory County is the Hickory County Schools Give Big fundraiser. Led by their student councils, schools in Weaubleau, Wheatland, Hermitage and Skyline will compete against each other to see who can raise the most money for the HCCIF. On September 27, the Hickory County Health Department will host a four person scramble golf tournament. On October 11, aspiring entertainers and hobbyists will have the opportunity to participate in the “Got Talent?” Talent Show taking place at Hermitage High School. Following that event, the Hickory County Swap Meet will raise money for the campaign on October 25. Additional fundraisers being held include a bowling tournament, concert, Christmas family photographs, and others.

Of course, a plan of this magnitude requires plenty of dedication and cooperation. Leaders from the HCCIF are getting some help in the form of a volunteer to coordinate the larger fundraising campaign. Debbie Smith of the Hickory County Health Department, an important HCCIF partner, will oversee the effort.

“This kind of opportunity doesn’t come along every day, and we need to take advantage of it,” Smith told Hermitage’s newspaper, The Index, in a 9/3/08 front page profile outlining the work of the HCCIF and their Cooper fundraising efforts. “I realize that local businesses and citizens go above and beyond when it comes to supporting this community, but this is such a special situation that has the potential for long-term benefits for the entire community, so it’s very important for everyone to be involved.”

Read the article on the web at the HCCIF’s site:

Agency Partner Profile: Grupo Latinoamericano

For new immigrants that don’t speak the language, adjusting to life in a new place can be intimidating. Generations of people coming to the United States for its many opportunities have faced this issue, finding strength and assistance from various sources within the community. Grupo Latinoamericano is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that serves Southwest Missouri as a community resource. The organization promotes cross-cultural activities that bring together Hispanic, Latin and North American families and individuals for support and friendship.

Services the organization provides, free of charge, include:

• Educating newcomers about available community services.
• Advising and assisting Hispanics to adjust to new homes, new jobs, and a different culture in a new country in order to facilitate the adaptation process.
• Maintaining and sharing the richness and variety of the Hispanic culture.
• Providing information through seminars on the legal system of this country, as well as providing referrals for legal advice on legal situations including immigration.
• Teaching English to help immigrants communicate properly in this nation’s language.

Next month, the organization will hold their Hispanic Family Celebration from October 17-19 starting each evening at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Springfield at 525 South Avenue. To learn more about Grupo Latinoamericano and see a schedule of events, visit their web site at

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