February 2008 Endowment Partners Update

Endowment Partners Update

February 4, 2008

In This Issue:

  • Coover Grantmaking Program presentation Friday, February 8, 2008
  • Go Lead/GOLD train nonprofit leaders
  • CFO Host web marketing seminar for Endowment Partners, February 6, 2008
  • CFO Grant deadline reminder

Coover Regional Grantmaking Program to award more than $287K to regional nonprofit organizations

On Friday, February 8, 2008, the Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company, will award $287,821 in grants to 11 agencies serving the Missouri Ozarks. Grants are awarded to agencies that address regional needs in the areas of the arts, culture, education, the environment, and health and social services.

The Coover Grantmaking Program was more competitive than ever this year. The review panel received 62 applications representing $1,668,927.50 in total requested funds.

The Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program supports new and innovative programs or projects that address regional needs through advocacy, public education or capacity building. Organizations with regional service areas that are primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County are encouraged to apply. Mrs. Coover, a 30 year employee of Commerce Bank, established the Louis and Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor the memory of her husband.

GO LEAD/GOLD develop area nonprofit leadership

In the spring of 2006, the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program awarded a $29,600 to Missouri State University to help establish the GOLD and Go Lead nonprofit management training programs. Consistent with the Coover Grantmaking Program’s mission to “support new and innovative projects that address regional needs,” MSU’s twin programs provide essential professional development and networking opportunities for people working for and with nonprofit organizations.

Programs like GOLD and Go Lead have a far-ranging impact on the agencies and organizations that serve the people of the Ozarks. This segues well with CFO’s mission to improve and enrich the lives of people throughout the Ozarks.

“I am so pleased that Missouri State University is taking a leadership role in coordinating the GOLD and Go Lead programs. This is a perfect fit for the public affairs mission, and it provides a much needed service to the Missouri Ozarks region,” says Gary Funk, CFO president.

Go Lead works leaders in Springfield and Greene County, while GOLD (Greater Ozarks Leadership Development) fosters leadership capacity throughout the region. For more information on either program, visit their web site at http://morriscenter.missouristate.edu/golead/ and http://morriscenter.missouristate.edu/GOLD/Default.htm. You can also contact Program Coordinator Gail Melgren at 417-836-3701 or GMelgren@missouristate.edu.

CFO to host web marketing seminar for Endowment Partners

On February 6, 2008 from 9 a.m. to Noon CFO will host a special presentation for our Endowment Partners titled “MySpace, YouTube, Facebook & Change.org Training for Nonprofit Organizations.” The seminar will be held at CFO, 425. E. Trafficway, Springfield, MO.

This training provides an in-depth look at how nonprofit organizations can utilize Web 2.0 tools – such as MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Change.org – to increase their visibility on the Internet, recruit new donors and e-newsletter subscribers, and build online community around your organization’s mission and programs at little to no cost to your organization. The training will be given by Heather Mansfield (http://www.diosacommunications.com/trainings/springfield.htm), creator of the Nonprofit Organizations MySpace and online community manager for Change.org.

The cost of participation is a $25 donation to the James River Basin Partnership. All CFO Endowment Partners will be reimbursed for their $25 donation.

If you would like to attend, please email heather@diosacommunications.com. She will reply within 24 hours with detailed instructions on how to register. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited. Space is reserved on a first come, first serve basis, and will be limited to roughly 60 available seats.

Deadline for CFO Grant Program Fast Approaching

Applications for the Education and Community Development Round of CFO’s Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking program are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2008. Education and Community Development grants facilitate a progressive community by supporting programs that give people advances in education and promotes an understanding of cultural diversity.

Education – projects that support lifespan development and learning
Community Development – grants which provide a better quality of life for our community and/or grants which empower the marginalized and promote the inclusiveness of the community’s diverse populations and cultures.
Applications and additional information for both grant programs are available on CFO’s web site at http://www.cfozarks.org/grantseekers.html.