CFO News and Updates

  • CFO announces 2018-19 grant cycles

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2018-19 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant program includes a new round focusing on diversity and inclusion issues. This program seeks to achieve positive impact with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity […]

  • Donor Central login changes now in effect

    Community Foundation of the Ozarks seeks to stay ahead of the changing landscape of cybersecurity. Blackbaud, our technology partner, will be instituting a change to the DonorCentral login on the morning of Monday, June 25, 2018.   CFO wants to prepare you for these changes by providing you an overview of the new login experience. No action […]

  • CFO celebrates 45th anniversary with grants, videos, milestones

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is celebrating its 45th anniversary this month by awarding special one-time grants and marking several key milestones achieved this year. The 2018 milestones celebrated at the annual donor dinner on June 20 include: Reaching $350 million in total grants and distributions since the CFO’s inception in 1973; Exceeding $5 […]

  • Springfield YEP students award $1,800 in grants

    This spring, high school students from the Springfield chapter of the CFO Youth Empowerment Project awarded more than $1,800 in grants to nonprofits serving area children, families and students. The members made all of the grantmaking decisions through a formal application-and-review process. The 2018 YEP Grant recipients were: The Child Advocacy Center, $286.50 FosterAdopt Connect, $500 […]

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  • Latest “Making a Difference” segment highlights hope born of The Northwest Project

    Photo caption, from left: Mike Smith, Ginger Ramirez and Kristina Wilmoth share stories and highlights of The Northwest Project, now entering its third year.   The most recent “Making a Difference” segment from KSMU radio’s Mike Smith focuses on the second anniversary of The Northwest Project, the CFO’s $1.3 million initiative to lift families in […]

  • CFO, Commerce Trust award $321,000 in Coover grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $321,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 21 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects focused on place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. With this year’s distribution, […]

  • 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. […]

  • Agency Partners eligible to enter 45-Second Video Grant Challenge!

    To help celebrate our 45th anniversary this year, we are excited to announce our 45-Second Video Grant Challenge. Agency partners of the CFO are invited to submit 45-second videos explaining a problem your agency wants to address; how $4,500 would help solve the issue; and how this project advances the CFO’s mission of connecting passion […]

  • $30,000 Collective Impact Grant awarded to Victory Mission-led project

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded a $30,000 grant to a partnership of Springfield organizations led by Springfield Victory Mission to support men who need a second chance at entering the workforce. The Collective Impact grant was awarded to Springfield Victory Mission, Life 360 House, Reentry & Resources, and Evangel Enactus. It is the […]

  • $1.4 million in CFO Scholarships now open

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across central and southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities. This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.4 million, up from about $1.3 million awarded […]