August 2008 Agency Partners update


Agency Partners Update
August 13, 2008

CFO is stepping up our efforts to serve the nonprofit community in the South Central Ozarks, from Ava to Poplar Bluff, and is pleased to announce a special event for organizations in that area. Stay up-to-date on the busy summer via our website,, and as always, please give us a call or send us an email if you have questions or concerns about any of the items herein.

In This Issue:
• Grant funding workshop for South Central MO Agency Partners
• 2008.09 Endowment Building grant recipients announced
• 2008.09 Essential Questions presentation schedule available
• GO LEAD/GOLD presents: “Creating High Impact Nonprofits”
• Mark You Calendars: Regional Meeting schedule set

Grant funding workshop for Agency Partners serving South Central MO

The Springfield-Greene County Library’s Funding Information Center will host trainings for CFO Agency Partners in several Ozarks communities through the fall, including one on August 27 in West Plains and in Ava on August 7 with an additional session on September 4. Space is limited for all sessions, so be sure to act fast.

This training will introduce nonprofit organizations in Community Foundation of the Ozarks affiliate communities to the Springfield-Greene County Library’s Funding Information Center (FIC) resources and teach them how to use the information effectively. It will include an overview of philanthropy and the electronic resources available, particularly the Foundation Directory Online Professional database. Nonprofit organizations will learn how to locate and approach funders most closely aligned with their mission and goals and will learn how to organize their materials and focus on specific information and techniques that will lead to successful proposals.

West Plains: Two seminars will be held on August 27 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., at the OMC Foundation Room. To register or for more information, contact the West Plains Chamber of Commerce at (417) 256-4483. Space is limited.

Ava: Seminars will be held on August 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon and September 4 at the Super 8 conference center. To register and for more information please contact, the Ava Chamber of Commerce at (417) 683-4594. Space is limited.

Other sessions being held throughout the Ozarks include:

Eldon Community Foundation, September 11
Library Express

Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, September 23
Carthage Public Library.

Taney County Community Foundation, October 4
Forsyth Community Presbyterian‎ Church Fellowship Hall

Cuba/Crawford County, TBD

For more information on these seminars or the Funding Information Center, contact Tammy Flippen, Reference Librarian & Funding Information Center Coordinator
The Library Center, Springfield-Greene County Library
(417) 883-5310 ext. 136

This program is funded through a grant from Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program is a partnership between Commerce Trust Company and CFO.

2008.09 Endowment Building Grant Program recipients announced

CFO awarded a total of more than $16,000 to 13 of its Agency Partners from across the Ozarks as part of the 2008.09 Endowment Building Grants Program. The program is designed to provide grants to Agency Partners in support of their efforts to plan for, develop, and implement endowment-building programs. The complete list of recipients is available on the web at

2008.09 Essential Questions presentation schedule available

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,

GO LEAD/GOLD presents: “Creating High Impact Nonprofits”

On September 4, 2008, MSU’s GO LEAD and GOLD nonprofit leadership development program will present “Creating High Impact Nonprofits,” a special seminar featuring Leslie Crutchfield, award-winning coauthor of the book Forces for Good: the Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits. This half day seminar will explore questions such as hat creates real and lasting social change and how do highly effective nonprofit organizations operate. This seminar was funded in part through a grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks, part of our service commitment to our Agency Partners and the Ozarks’ nonprofit community.

The seminar takes place Thursday, September 4, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Kentwood Hall, 700 E St. Louis St., Springfield. Registration is $65 per person and includes a copy of the book, Forces for Good. If you are interested, you can register online at For more information on the seminar, contact Gail Melgren, Program Director – Missouri State University Leadership Project
at (417) 836-3701or via email at

Mark Your Calendars: Regional Meetings schedule set

CFO will again host regional meetings this fall. Board members from regional affiliate foundations and leaders from area Agency Partners are invited to this year’s regional meetings to brainstorm and discuss issues important to their work in the community. Topics at the meetings include a CFO update, new giving strategies, planned giving discussions, and others.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

September 30 – West Plains
October 2 – Cuba
October 8 – Clinton
October 14 – Carthage
October 16 – Branson

Exact locations and times are still being finalized. Keep an eye on the web and your email inbox for additional information.

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks offers this monthly update as a service to our 300+ agency partners throughout the Ozarks. As partners in our regional effort to enrich and better the lives of people throughout the region, we strive to keep you informed of the opportunities important to your organization. If you would like for other members of your staff, board, donors, or other key role players with your organization to receive these updates, just let us know by sending the name and email address to