CFO News and Updates

  • Group photo of 2019 Senior Mental Health grant recipients

    CFO awards new Senior Mental Health grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $40,000 in five Senior Mental Health grants for projects designed to improve the lives of senior citizens in Springfield and Greene County. The grants were awarded Wednesday, March 6, at Northview Center. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are intended to tackle senior citizen […]

  • 2019 Collective Impact grant recipients full group photo

    CFO awards 2019 Collective Impact Grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $120,000 in five Collective Impact grants to advance projects that use nonprofit collaboration to address “red-flag” issues. The grants were awarded Thursday, Jan. 31, at Messiah Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center, one of the recipient agencies. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are […]

  • CFO selects nonprofit agencies for 2019 Endowment Match Challenge

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has selected 12 nonprofit agency partners to participate in the 2019 Endowment Match Challenge. Each will have until Feb. 28 to raise at least $10,000 for permanent endowment funds, to be matched by a $5,000 grant from the CFO. A total of $60,000 is available, which will aid these […]

  • Judy Hadsall and Brian Fogle announce no-interest loan program.

    CFO and Multipli CU announce no-interest loan program for federal employees

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Multipli Credit Union are partnering on a program to offer no-interest loans to federal employees in a seven-county region affected by the partial government shutdown. Beginning Jan. 14, federal workers who are not receiving paychecks can apply for a no-interest loan of up to $1,500, with repayment terms […]

  • Photo of the CFO's Diversity and Inclusion grant recipients

    Six projects receive inaugural Diversity and Inclusion grants

    On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $60,000 for six grants for collaborative community projects through its inaugural Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Program. The goal of the new grant program is to bring awareness of diversity and inclusion issues to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life […]

  • Dr. Tricia Derges named 2018 Humanitarian

    Dr. Tricia Derges has been named the 2018 Humanitarian Award recipient for her work with Lift Up Someone Today, a medical mission for individuals and families in need. She will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Bond Learning Center at the Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield. Tickets are […]

  • Disaster PREP Grants Awarded to Five Affiliates

    Earlier this year, the CFO was awarded $45,000 to make the Natural Disaster PREP Initiative grants available to our affiliate foundations, made possible through The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Five affiliate foundations representing the Cape Girardeau, Lake of the Ozarks, Hermann, Joplin and Ozark Foothills areas were selected to receive grant funding […]

  • Jewell Thompson Schweitzer presents the 2017 Humanitarian Award

    Nomination period now open for the 2018 Humanitarian Award 

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 29th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. Mrs. Schweitzer passed away in April. Click here to read […]

  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes new FY18 board members

              The Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes five new members and a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors for the 2018–19 fiscal year that began July 1. Directors on the 21-member board can serve up to two three-year terms. The new board members are: Debra Shantz Hart, […]

  • Upcoming Events for Agency Partners

    Learn about the 2018–2019 competitive grant cycles Join us at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, for a one-hour event at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for agency partner representatives. Vice President of Programs Bridget Dierks will outline grant opportunities for the 2019 fiscal year available to both rural and Springfield-Greene County agency partners. […]

  • Give Joplin Day 2018

    Final Totals for Give Joplin Day 2018

    Give Joplin Day 2018 raised a final total of $32,013.35 for 18 nonprofit organizations in the Joplin area. The one-day online giving campaign, held July 19, was hosted by Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Joplin Regional Community Foundation awarded a total of $4,300 in prizes to agencies with the […]

  • 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 […]