April Agency Partners update

Spring is finally greening our world and CFO is busy with activities! Of particular interest is a collaborative venture with United Way of the Ozarks and CFO. In May, we’re partnering with the United Way to present a free planned giving seminar for nonprofits. This event will feature presentations from CFO as well as our friends from the Springfield Symphony and the Boys and Girls Club to discuss their planned giving programs. I also want to take this opportunity to remind our school partners about the Rural Schools Partnership meeting on Friday, April 17. Please see below for event details and RSVP information. These are interesting times and spring offers a renewed energy and determination. CFO remains committed to providing services and assisting whenever we can. Thanks for partnering with us!

Julie Leeth, CFO vice president

What’s going on this month?

CFO & Springfield-Greene County Library present “Marketing Nonprofits”

The Springfield-Greene County Library and Community Foundation of the Ozarks will co-host an agency partner workshop this spring.

April 22, 9 – 11 a.m. Marketing Nonprofits

Please contact sgrammer@cfozarks.org to reserve a spot. The workshops are free. You can also call 864-6199. The event will be held at CFO, 425 E. Trafficway.

Rural Schools Partnership meeting, Friday, April 17

CFO’s school partners are invited to our Rural Schools Partnership meeting on Friday, April 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at CFO offices. Rachel Tompkins, Rural School and Community Trust president, and Lavina Grandon, Policy and Education Director of Arkansas’s Advocates for Community and Rural Education, will be the featured speakers at the meeting, discussing their extensive experience with rural schools and the potential of CFO’s proposed Rural Schools Partnership. Please call 417-864-6199 or email sgrammer@cfozarks.org to let us know you are coming. Lunch will be provided.

The proposed Rural Schools Partnership was the subject of our February 2009 Essential Questions presentation. An archived version of the presentation is available online, on the Essential Questions page of our web site.

CFO & United Way of the Ozarks present free planned giving seminar for non-profits

CFO and the United Way of the Ozarks are teaming up once again to present a free seminar on planned giving for nonprofit organizations on Thursday, May 14, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the United Way office, 320 North Jefferson, Springfield. Gary Funk, CFO president, will present “Ramping up Planned Giving for Nonprofits” and representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield and the Springfield Symphony will discuss their successful planned giving strategies.

Speaking of planned giving, over the last four weeks CFO has shared a “Planned Giving Tip of the Week,” just in time for NCAA March Madness. Each tip discusses an easy strategy for making a planned gift, something you can share with your donors, volunteers, and friends. If you missed a tip, they’re available on our web site. Methods covered so far include: making a charity the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a savings bond, bank account, etc.; setting up a charitable remainder trust; and making a gift of personal property. Go to the web for all the details.

CFO hosts events for South Central Agency Partners

As part of our commitment to our Agency Partners, CFO is pleased to offer the nonprofit organizations of the South Central Ozarks – serving the counties of Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright – a special series of brown bag seminars that are designed to support growth and sustainability efforts. The schedule of events, hosted by Carol Silvey, CFO senior associate for advancement, is listed below. All sessions will be held at Noon at CFO’s West Plains office, located at 27 Court Square in West Plains, unless otherwise noted.

April 10 – Working with Volunteers
May 8 – The Ask

All sessions will be held at Noon at CFO’s West Plains office, located at 27 Court Square in West Plains, unless otherwise noted. To RSVP or to find out more information, call Carol Silvey, CFO senior associate for advancement at (417) 256-4725.

CFO now on Twitter

CFO is now on Twitter, allowing you to stay up-to-the-minute on events, news or just keeping in touch. Be sure to add us to your Twitter feed, http://www.twitter.com/CFOzarks.

What is Twitter, you ask? It’s a free micro-blogging service that allows you to stay connected with friends, peers, constituents, and others with live through short – 140 characters or less – posts that you can make from the web or your cell phone. As a free service, Twitter can be of value to your organization, so check it out…and be sure to make CFO part of your experience.

See something you like?

Our web site, www.cfozarks.org, is updated daily, featuring information related or relevant to our network of some 300 Agency Partners. Be sure to book mark us so you can stay in the loop.

If you see a post you like, you can now share it via Facebook. Just click on a post title and then click on the “Share on Facebook” link at the top of the page. It’s a great way to let others know about what’s happening in the community.

Agency Partner Events

CFO is pleased to share information about upcoming events hosted by our Agency Partners. Upcoming events include:

  • The GYN Cancers Alliance presents the 8th annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon and Fashion Show on April 20, 2009. Details and ticket information are available on their web site.
  • On April 24, 2009, Rivendale Institute of Learning is hosting their first annual “Leather and Lace” fundraiser where someone will win a motorcycle. All proceeds go to help children with learning disbilities and autism. Ticket information is available here.
  • The Lighthouse Children’s Theatre in El Dorado Springs, MO will host its Inaugural Lighthouse Gala on April 25, 2009. Details and ticket information are available on their web site.

If your agency has an upcoming event you’d like us to include in this update, just send us an email at rvanbibber@cfozarks.org or give us a call at (417) 864-6199.

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