April is “Month of Momentum” for 20 nonprofits

Twenty nonprofit agencies from across southern Missouri will participate in the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ first “Month of Momentum” in April to raise funds for projects via the CFO’s crowdfunding platform, Cause Momentum.

Donors can support these agencies online at www.monthofmomentum.causemomentum.org, beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 2 and ending at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30.

The following nonprofits were selected by a volunteer committee in January from among more than 30 applicants for the cohort: CASA of Southwest Missouri; Dogwood Ranch (Rogersville); Drew Lewis Foundation; Freedom’s Rest Family Violence Center (Ozark); Friends of Abilities First; Friends of the Zoo; Good Samaritan Boys Ranch; GYN Cancers Alliance; Include Ozarks; Isabel’s House; Downtown Joplin Alliance/Joplin Empire Market; Music Therapy of the Ozarks; Poplar Bluff Kiwanis, Inc.; Sculpture Walk Springfield; Springfield Little Theatre; Springfield Victory Mission; The Summit Preparatory School of Southwest Missouri; Texas County Food Pantry (Houston); The Victim Center; and Whole Kids Outreach (Ellington).

Each participating agency attended two training sessions on how to use the Cause Momentum platform and market their crowdfunding efforts. In return, each received a $500 implementation grant to help with digital promotion efforts for their Month of Momentum projects, as well as one-on-one planning sessions with online marketing experts from Mostly Serious, the CFO’s web development partner on Cause Momentum. The training focused on ways of sharing a nonprofit’s story, strategies for promoting a month-long project online and tools available for creating digital images and videos.

“Online giving has grown at a significant rate over the last several years, and it’s not slowing down,” said CFO President and CEO Brian Fogle. “We’re very pleased to help our agency partners find new ways of reaching tech-savvy donors who want to make an impact on their communities.”

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership through a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and more than 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.

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