Category Archives: Affiliate News

  • The world needs more people like Fred Lemons

    This week’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks column in the Springfield News-Leader is about Fred Lemons, the only president in the nearly 16 year history of the Lockwood Community Foundation, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. The column is written on behalf of everyone at the CFO, and is intended as a tribute […]

  • In appreciation of Fred Lemons, 1927-2014

    We want to express our condolences to the family of Fred Lemons, the president of the Lockwood Community Foundation, who died this week at 87. Fred was a champion for his community, where he spent most of his career in banking. He and his beloved wife of 65-plus years, LaRue, the longtime Lockwood mayor, were […]

  • Applications Open for Joplin-Carthage Resilient Community Program

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has received a national grant to offer an in-depth and customized disaster resiliency training program for nonprofit agencies to supplement the community-wide emergency operations plan.

    The grant will provide training for the Joplin-Carthage area beginning in late January. The application is now available at: The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

    The Resilient Community program also serves as a pilot project for potential use in other communities. CCFA Partners, Inc., a community resilience consulting firm, will facilitate the program as well as engage topic experts on specific aspects of disaster resiliency to participate in the training.

    The grant was funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, based in Eden Prairie, Minn. One of the MAC Foundation’s focus areas is disaster relief and resiliency and it has previously supported the CFO’s recovery efforts for the May 2011 Joplin tornado and the February 2012 Branson tornado.

    “The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is an important partner and resource for CFO, considering our region’s vulnerability to natural disasters over and above the types of situations that can strike individual nonprofits or communities anywhere,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We share a common philosophy that building resilience is one of the best practices to ensure a more successful recovery process.”

  • CFO Now Taking Applications for “Strengthening Our Communities” Strategic-Planning Process

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is now accepting applications for the second group of participants for “Strengthening Our Communities,” a strategic-planning process developed by the University of Missouri Extension’s ExCEED program. This year, the program will be available at no cost to four CFO affiliate communities. It is designed to bring community members together for […]

  • New Funds Friday: June 29-July 19

    As often as possible, we like to share the news of new groups and individuals choosing to make philanthropic gifts and investments in their community. You can read more about types of funds available at CFO here. Click here for a full list of non-profit Agency Partners. For more information on fund types and how to get […]

  • Carthage, Forsyth Benefit from Community Grants in June

    It’s been a busy few months among the CFO’s 44 affiliate community foundations. Spring grantmaking rounds are usually the region’s biggest, and June was a busy month for presentations of awards. The Carthage Community Foundation gave out more than $26,500 to more than a dozen organizations, including the City of Carthage, Fair Acres Family YMCA, […]

  • Panel Inspires Affiliates to Lead Community Building Efforts

    The "State of the Rural Union" panel (from left): Richard Cavender, Rolla; Dr. Julie Leeth, Springfield; Dr. Mary Simon Leuci, Columbia; Dr. Chris Neale, Hermann, and Ron Reed, Houston, Mo..

    One of the biggest challenges rural America faces is the exodus of people, especially young people, who move away, shuttering businesses and jobs that underpin the local economies. It jeopardizes school districts and creates more pressure on the safety nets that support higher poverty rates caused by unemployment.

    But strong leaders willing to fight for their communities can work to reverse that tide. And those leaders come from the ranks of the CFO’s 44 affiliate community foundations who gathered for an annual conference this week focused on philanthropy’s role in the state of the rural union.

    These community foundation leaders can encourage visionary thinking, provide a neutral platform to plan for the future, connect schools and communities, and offer grantmaking to fill gaps as public funds become more elusive. That was the message of hope and encouragement from a panel of rural thought leaders who provided the conference’s keynote session.

    Dr. Mary Simon Leuci, assistant dean in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, said planning for the new realities of rural America should be based on data, frank assessments of the community’s capacity and guided by a well-developed plan with the discipline to stay the course.

    But, she added, don’t underestimate the power of determination and passion among residents who want their communities to thrive.

    “You can really tap into the passion, spirit, heart and soul of the community,” Leuci said. “People own what they help create.”

  • New Funds Friday: Dec. 31-Jan. 4

    Every Friday, we share the news of new groups and individuals choosing to make philanthropic gifts and investments in their community. You can read more about types of funds available at CFO here. Click here for a full list of non-profit Agency Partners. For more information on fund types and how to get involved, contact […]

  • Arc of the Ozarks Breaking New Ground in Joplin

    We owe a belated congratulations to the crew at Arc of the Ozarks for its success in re-establishing its facility in Joplin, which was leveled in the May 22, 2011 tornado. The group broke ground on the brand new duplex facility, totaling 2,680 square feet, in late November. The construction is made possible, in large […]

  • CF of the Lake Challenge Grant Pays Off in 3 Months

    Pictured (from left): Trenny Garrett, CFL Past President; Marvin Silliman, CFL President, Marvin & Lucile Family Foundation; Lucile Silliman, Marvin & Lucile Family Foundation; Judy Wimmer, Share the Harvest Food Pantry Director; Lynn Griswold, CFL board member; Norman Wimmer, Share the Harvest Food Pantry

    From the Community Foundation of the Lake

    In September, Marvin and Lucile Silliman issued a challenge grant through the Community Foundation of the Lake that matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000) any donations made to Share the Harvest Food Pantry. On Dec. 5, Marvin Silliman-the newly elected president of the CFL-announced that the challenge had been met and the Marvin & Lucile Family Foundation and Share the Harvest had turned $5,000 into $10,000 in less than three months.

    The Community Foundation of the Lake and Marvin and Lucile Silliman presented Share the Harvest Food Pantry director Judy Wimmer and husband Norman with a check for $10,000 on Dec. 13, helping make it possible for Share the Harvest to continue serving families and individuals in need throughout the lake area.