Ozarks Empowerment Project

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks recognizes that non-profit agencies, school partners and our network of regional affiliates are the impetus for much of the good and important work that happens in our region.

These groups enhance the quality of our lives, provide needed services and grants to the less fortunate, and offer myriad programs and opportunities that improve our communities.

Yet, we know both our non-profit and affiliate partners struggle with resource development, training and capacity for growth. We hear again and again that our agency partners and affiliates would like training for staff and volunteers, board and resource development skills, and new tools to increase their capacity for community building and the philanthropic causes they embrace.

In response, the CFO began the Ozarks Empowerment Project, a series of initiatives to build stronger agencies and stronger communities across the Ozarks.

Click here for a PDF of the 2014-15 Ozarks Empowerment Project brochure.

The Learning Community

This program will offer intensive training and customized technical assistance to 10 non-profit partners over a 10-month period. The CFO has retained Cal LeMon of Executive Enrichment to provide this capacity-development program, which includes an organizational needs assessment; four one-day group workshops; and onsite, one-on-one coaching sessions.

Who: CFO nonprofit agency partners
When: Deadline to apply is Sept. 19
Contact: Julie Leeth at jleeth@cfozarks.org; or call 417-864-6199

Click here for The Learning Community application

Give Ozarks Day

On May 5, 2015, the CFO will host the first region-wide online giving day for CFO agency partners. The CFO will offer $100,000 in matching funds for agencies interested in pursuing endowment building. Training sessions will take place on Nov. 12, 2014; Jan. 8, 2015; and April 8, 2015. For more information, visit: giveozarks.org.

Who: CFO nonprofit agency partners
When: May 5, 2015
Contact: Matt Lemmon, mlemmon@cfozarks.org; or Louise Knauer, lknauer@cfozarks.org; or call 417-864-6199.

To RSVP for the training sessions, click here: http://www.formstack.com/forms/CFO-rsvpgiveozarks

Donor Perception Surveys

The CFO is offering a limited number of matching grants to nonprofit partners interested in conducting donor-perception surveys. The independent, confidential surveys will be conducted by local firm, CCG Communications.

Who: CFO nonprofit agency partners
When: Deadline to apply is Aug. 29, 2014Who: Contact Julie Leeth at jleeth@cfozarks.org; or call 417-864-6199

Click here for the Donor Perception Survey application


Strengthening Our Communities

The CFO currently is offering the program at no cost to two communities: the Owensville area in central Missouri, and the Clinton/Henry County area in our region covered by the Truman Lake Community Foundation. These programs are designed to bring community members together for a series of about 12 sessions over the course of a year or so. The program will focus on the community’s leadership development, asset mapping, data analysis, goal setting and measurement. The goal is to create an action plan for the community with associated goals, outcomes and performance measures.

For more information on Strengthening Our Communities, contact Michael Chatman at (417) 864-6199.


Center for Non-Profit Communications

The CFO is partnering with Drury University to offer the region’s first Master’s degree level training in non-profit marketing, public relations and communications to achieve strategic goals. Students from this program also are available to work with non-profits on community projects.

When: Opened in June 2011
Contact: Dan Prater, director, 417-873-7443, or at dprater@drury.edu

Scholarships for Training Programs

The CFO will provide scholarships for non-profit staff members and volunteer board leaders for leadership programs including:

–GO-LEAD: Professional development for non-profits at Missouri State University. Apply here

–Facing Racism Institute: Two-day sessions on challenging bias in our communities, co-sponsored by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Who: Non-profit, school staff members; affiliate board volunteers
When: Throughout 2014-15
How: Apply for GO-LEAD online here
GO-LEAD and Facing Racism: Julie Leeth, 417-864-6199

Agency Partner Workshops

The CFO will continue to offer free quarterly workshops and/or webinars on specific topics to our agency partners. To make sure you are on our e-mail lists for these sessions, please contact Julie Leeth at (417) 864-6199

Cause Momentum

 Go to causemomentum.org for information.

Contact: Louise Knauer, CFO Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing, 417-864-6199