CFO News and Updates

  • A note on Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery

    The pictures from Houston and south Texas have been very hard to watch over the past few days.  The prediction of up to fifty inches of rain before Harvey moves on is simply hard to fathom.  Despite the tragedy of the historic storm, we have seen heroic actions of public servants and private citizens saving […]

  • CFO seeking applications for West Plains-based Central Region Manager

    Central Region Manager Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) is seeking a Central Region Manager to manage advancement activities in the Southcentral Missouri Region and coordinate all regional development activities in alignment with Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ mission, vision, and values. The Central Region Manager will report to the Vice President of Affiliates and […]

  • Carol Silvey Named Vice President of Advancement of OMC Foundation

    The Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) announce that Carol Silvey will become the Vice President for Advancement of the OMC Foundation, building on her extensive career of advancing south-central Missouri through philanthropy. Silvey will work to develop charitable assets from individuals, businesses, corporations and other foundations for […]

  • Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help focuses on GRO intiative

    The latest segment in our “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” series with KSMU’s Mike Smith is this super-sized edition about our Growth in the Rural Ozarks economic development program. It’s a conversation between our president, Brian Fogle, and Hrishue Mahalaha of Innovation Economy Partners, who facilitates GRO in the program towns of Sarcoxie, Salem […]

  • Workshop aims to support recovery from historic spring flooding

    The CFO is partnering with the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund to host a workshop for emergency managers, civic, nonprofit and government leaders from south-central Missouri and northern Arkansas working to help communities recover from the devastating spring flooding across the region. About 60 recovery leaders are […]

  • 2017-18 CFO grant cycles announced

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2017-18 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant program includes a new partnership between the CFO, the Darr Family Foundation and the Musgrave Foundation. The Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative will focus on kindergarten […]

  • The Rivers Run Through

    The freshly rehabilitated floor of the Thomasville Community Center gymnasium simply gleamed, as if it could beam with pride in the old building’s new life. Even in rubber-soled shoes, our crew practically tip-toed, cringing at scuffing the surface with a makeshift podium, projector stand, portable screen and potted ferns to cover the jangle of cords […]

  • Ashley Silva joins CFO staff

    Ashley Silva has joined the Community Foundation of the Ozarks as its Director of Regional Advancement and Operations. Silva is a native of Springfield and attended Oklahoma State University, earning a B.A. in Journalism & Broadcasting/Public Relations. She joins the CFO from The Dallas Foundation in Dallas, Texas, where she spent 10 years working in […]

  • Final totals for Give Ozarks Day

    Give Ozarks 2017 raised a final total of $1,397,147.64 for more than 240 nonprofit agencies across the region. This final total reflects online gifts, offline donations made at events and activities before or on the May 9 Give Ozarks Day, prizes, and endowment matching funds. The 2017 total is $211,000 more than the final 2016 […]

  • Give Ozarks raises record donations for 240 nonprofits

    Give Ozarks raised $1,212,647 as of midnight for more than 240 nonprofits across the region. The amount of money displayed on the Give Ozarks site ( is the preliminary total. Agencies can submit any money raised during Tuesday’s Give Ozarks events and activities by Thursday; that money, and final cumulative prizes, will be added Friday […]

  • Additional charitable funds open to support southern Missouri’s recovery from historic flooding

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate foundations are accepting tax-deductible donations for community flood recovery funds to support areas of southern Missouri areas severely affected by this week’s historic flooding. Charitable donations for flood recovery will be used to support 501(c)3 nonprofits, including human services, faith, education and civic organizations, that work […]