Category Archives: Affiliate News

  • New Funds Friday: Dec. 1-7

    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 […]

  • Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri Donates to Miracle Field

    Yesterday at the Joplin Athletic Complex, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri helped take a major step with a $20,000 grant to the Joplin Daybreak Rotary Foundation for its Will Norton Miracle Field and Playground, which will allow children with disabilities to take part in sports and outdoor recreation. The grant is from the foundation’s […]

  • Taney County Affiliate Donates $92,000 Grant for Tornado Assistance


    CF of TC Board Member Mike Gailey and President Doug Jordan, left, present a donation of $92,000 to Branson Area COAD Chairman Rev. Tom Willcox, of First Presbyterian Church. Tornado survivor Wanda Durmire, center, joined others who have received assistance and COAD members for the presentation.


    The Community Foundation of Taney County today presented a grant for $92,000 to the Branson Area COAD to assist the remaining individuals and families still struggling to recover from the Leap Day tornado that struck downtown Branson and sections of Taney County.

    The Branson Area COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) has been the central clearinghouse for assistance with tornado recovery to avoid duplication of services. Caseworkers are still working with  individuals and families on housing, household items, counseling services and transportation needs related to their losses from the tornado.

    In addition to this grant, the Community Foundation of Taney County has awarded about $39,300 in other private donations to the COAD for earlier recovery work, President Doug Jordan said.

    With today’s grant, the COAD should be able to complete its recovery assistance for those individuals and families over the next several months.

    Wanda Durmire spoke about how much she appreciated the assistance she’s received from the COAD. She had rebuilt her life only a couple of years earlier after her home burned down in 2010. Then, her new modular home on Mount Branson was struck by the Leap Day tornado and she lost the home and her car.

    “I’m back in my own home again,” she said. “Everything is getting better.”

    The funding awarded today was made possible by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, a private foundation based in Eden Prairie, Minn., to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate, the Community Foundation of Taney County.

    The M.A.C. Foundation, founded in 2006, includes a focus on disaster-related relief, recovery and development. Its disaster-related work includes an emphasis on low-attention disasters, like the Leap Day tornado in Branson, which did not qualify for FEMA assistance and received little national publicity after the initial emergency. The M.A.C. Foundation also supported the CFO’s Joplin Recovery Fund.

  • Affiliate Leaders Share Successes and Challenges at Fall Regional Meetings

    We’re looking forward to three more regional meetings coming up this week and next, after spending time with our first two groups of affiliate leaders last week in Branson and West Plains. The affiliate foundation presidents and board members are encouraged to share their challenges and successes during the these interactive sessions focusing on the […]

  • CFO Announces Regional Meeting Schedule

    Each fall, the CFO hits the road for a series of meetings that focus on bringing our vast network of affiliate community foundations up to speed on the coming year. With affiliates spread across southern Missouri, our goal is to give board members from each of our 44 organizations an opportunity to attend a meeting […]

  • Two Affiliates Elect New Presidents

    Nelson Rackley The Monett Area Community Foundation and the Ozark County Community Foundation each recently elected new presidents and board officers, bringing to a close two successful runs by presidents who will remain on the local boards, based in Monett and Gainesville, respectively. In Monett, Mike Gollhofer replaces Mark Nelson. Nelson also recently rotated off […]