July 2008 Agency Partners update


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Agency Partners Update
July 17, 2008

Important changes to the Springfield grantmaking program, an approaching grant deadline, important dates, and a name change make this month’s update a must read as the dog days of summer start their stealthy march toward fall. You can stay up-to-date on the busy summer via our website, www.cfozarks.org, 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:
• 2nd annual grants breakfast
• 2008-09 Endowment Building grants
• New name, same great program
• Springfield grantmaking program changes
• Planned Giving Luncheon
• Mark You Calendars: Regional Meeting schedule set
• Missing something?
• New Funds

Second annual grants breakfast

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks experienced record growth in all areas last year, including $13.2 million in grants and distributions to benefit agencies and individuals throughout the Ozarks. Please join us for breakfast to preview guidelines for all Springfield/Greene County grants for the 2008/2009 grant cycle. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00 a.m. at the Phelps Grove Park Pavilion.

Approximately $580,000 will be available for grant focus areas: Health and Social Services, Senior Issues, Environmental Programming, Children’s Issues in Education, the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative; and a new Children’s Ventures grant round in collaboration with the Musgrave Foundation.

Please RSVP by Friday, Jul 25 if you plan to attend the breakfast. You can RSVP by calling (417) 864-6199 or emailing rrussell@cfozarks.org or bdierks@cfozarks.org.

2008 – 2009 Endowment Building Grants

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will once again accept proposals from our Endowment Partners for the annual targeted Endowment Building Grant Program. This project is designed to provide grants through which your organization can apply for monies that are directly targeted at supporting your efforts to plan for, develop, and implement their endowment-building programs.

The grants made available through this project will be up to $1000, using a peer review panel format for making individual awards. Applications for the Endowment Partners Endowment Building grants are due in the CFO office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2008.

CFO would also like to request your input for topics for our upcoming Essential Questions series. We are now in the process of developing the next series of presentations, and it is essential that we receive input from our partners about topics you feel would be helpful.

Links to additional information and the online application for the Endowment Building along with the Essential Questions input forum can be found on the front page of our web site at www.cfozarks.org.

New name, same great program

More than 300 area organizations over the years have entrusted CFO with the management of their funds through our Endowment Partners Program. However, our commitment to Ozarks’ nonprofit organizations goes beyond endowment building, and for that reason we’re pleased to announce a new name for the program: Agency Partners Program.

We feel that renaming the program better reflects the services we provide charitable organizations, whether they have an endowment fund, capacity building fund or both. Whichever route best helps an organization maintain and build the assets they need, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks still provides partners with the satisfaction of knowing their charitable dollars are being managed in a sound and responsible manner by a seasoned and dedicated Investment Advisory Board as well as committed staff and board of directors.

In addition to the services already offered through the Agency Partners Program, we are adding additional professional development opportunities through our web site as well as brown bag luncheons, workshops and other events. This includes a series of events in West Plains for agency partners serving the South Central Ozarks. Stay tuned for more details.

Additions to the Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program announced

Unrestricted grantmaking programs allow the Foundation, in our work with area leaders and service organizations, to identify and develop effective answers to the challenges facing our community: local resources for local solutions to local issues. Community Foundation of the Ozarks continues to improve the means by which we deliver on our promise to give something back to the community, and in keeping with that effort we are pleased to announce several new features for our Metropolitan Springfield Community Grantmaking Program, including an exciting new partnership with the Musgrave Foundation and the addition of a grant round specifically addressing senior issues.

Get more information about the Springfield grantmaking program, including deadlines and the application on the web at, http://www.cfozarks.org/2008/07/17/updates-to-springfield-community-grantmaking-program-announced/.

Planned Giving Luncheon

CFO will hold its annual Endowment Partners Planned Giving Luncheon on Thursday, August 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Springfield Doubletree Hotel located at 2431 N. Glenstone Ave.

This year’s luncheon will feature guest speaker, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, speaking about a donor’s perspective on planned giving. New partners will also be recognized at the event. Mark your calendars now, and stay tuned for more information.

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.

Missing something?

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 rvanbibber@cfozarks.org.

New Funds

CFO is pleased to welcome the Polk County Humane Society, Butler County Council on Aging, Butler County Historical Society, and the Houston Alumni Associate as our most recent Agency Partners. These four organizations join more than 300 organizations as part of our Agency Partners program. The funds established by these four organizations are part of 10 new funds established with CFO and its regional affiliate foundations since the first of July. Of those 10 new funds, 7 of them were established by Agency Partners. For a complete list of new funds established with CFO this month, visit our web site at www.cfozarks.org.