CFO News and Updates

  • 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 […]

  • CFO opens community flood-recovery funds in four hard-hit regions

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate foundations are opening community flood recovery funds for several of the southern Missouri areas most severely affected by this week’s historic flooding. Charitable donations for flood recovery will be used to support 501(c)3 nonprofits, including equivalent faith and education institutions, that will work directly to help […]

  • Community Foundation of West Plains establishes Flood Recovery Fund

      The Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc., today established the West Plains Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund for donors interested in supporting mid- to long-term community recovery from the recent historic flooding. Contributions can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. […]

  • The Northwest Project reports on first year of grant

    The first year of The Northwest Project indicates the initial participants achieved significant progress toward economic self-sufficiency and increased income, along with improvements in health and wellness, housing stability and life skills. In addition, NWP resources have provided benefit to the wider Grant Beach neighborhood and created a culture of volunteer and in-kind support that […]

  • CFO, Commerce Trust award $250,000 in Coover Grants to rural nonprofits

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $250,000 on Tuesday, April 11. The grants were awarded to 19 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri. This year’s grant recipients were selected from among 122 proposals that totaled $1.775 million in requested funding. The […]

  • Judy Cantoni hired to serve eastern Missouri affiliates

    Longtime Cape Girardeau executive manager Judy Cantoni will join the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to run its office in Cape Girardeau, which serves the eastern Missouri region. Cantoni joined the CFO staff in March as Associate of Regional Advancement – East Region. After spending two weeks at the CFO’s main office in Springfield, Cantoni […]

  • Collective Impact grants awarded to five partnerships

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded five grants totaling $120,000 for collaborative projects in Springfield-Greene County. This is the second year for the Collective Impact grants, which are intended to encourage collaborative proposals to address community goals and issues. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have made unrestricted or […]

  • Making a Difference segment focuses on Coover grant program

    The subject of the most recent “Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help” segment with KSMU radio’s Mike Smith is the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. Because of the generosity of Mrs. Coover, the CFO, in cooperation with The Commerce Trust, operates the Coover Charitable Regional Grantmaking Program. A longtime employee of Commerce […]

  • First Give Ozarks deadlines approaching

    The CFO is back at work planning the third Give Ozarks Day, which will be held in communities across the region on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. We couldn’t be more excited to continue promoting philanthropy and giving across the Ozarks! Two key deadlines are approaching: Friday, Jan. 27: This is the deadline for nonprofits to […]

  • BCFO receives $500,000 to match gifts for endowment at CFO

    Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) has received a $500,000 donation from Charlie and Mary Beth O’Reilly. This gift will be used as a 100 percent match to allow other donors to create designated funds at Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) to benefit BCFO in the years ahead. For every donor who sets up […]

  • CFO awards $20,000 in inaugural Early Childhood grant round

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $20,000 in Play, Learn, Grow Early Childhood grants to four early-childhood providers on Friday, Dec. 16. These grants are intended to help purchase imaginative play equipment for Pre-K programs that serve low-income families. The grant recipients, receiving $5,000 each, were: Life 360 Early Childhood Center at The Fairbanks Lighthouse […]