Category Archives: Agency Partners

  • Column: Rural Schools Partnership plans Rendezvous in Fair Grove

    This week’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks focuses on the the Rural Schools Partnership, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks that seeks to build assets and endowments for rural districts, and promote the tenets of place-based education in classrooms across southern Missouri. On April 23, the pinnacle of the RSP’s year will […]

  • CFO awards grants for innovative community projects

    The CFO awarded $50,000 to seven projects for the 2014 Community Innovation Grant awards. The successful projects, selected from 23 proposals totaling about $193,700, demonstrate innovation and collaboration to improve Springfield-Greene County. A panel of CFO volunteers reviewed the applications and heard presentations from the finalists before making these recommendations for grant awards. This year’s […]

  • CFO and Commerce Trust award $200,000 in Coover rural grants

    Representatives from 18 of the 20 organizations receiving Coover grants gather for a group photo.

    Representatives from 18 of the 20 organizations receiving Coover grants gather for a group photo.

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented $200,000 in Coover Regional Grants today to 20 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri.

    This year’s grant recipients were selected from among proposals that totaled $904,299 in requested funding, nearly doubling last year’s requests. The grant criteria expanded for this year beyond a recent focus on poverty-related needs. The 2014 grant awards are being awarded to agencies working on poverty, health, environmental, and arts issues.

    These grants are made possible through the generosity of the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband’s memory. With this year’s awards, the Coover Charitable Foundation surpasses $3.8 million in grantmaking across the Ozarks since its founding.

    “It’s been a real privilege to be here and listen to some of the other grant services; it’s a delight to be a part of this group,” said Cindy Waites, representing Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

    The organizations receiving this year’s Coover Regional Grants are:

  • CFO awards early childhood and school innovation grants

    The CFO has awarded $50,000 to support early childhood services at seven area nonprofit agencies, along with $18,457.40 for school-based projects in Springfield and Greene County. The total of $68,457.40 to support pre-school and elementary children is funded by generous donors who help make possible the CFO’s 2013-14 Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program. The criteria for […]

  • New Funds Friday: Jan 4-24

    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 involved, […]

  • Funders Forum gains insights from tour of Shady Dell and Isabel’s House

    The information is heartbreaking, enlightening and eye-opening when members of the CFO Funders Forum tour Springfield nonprofits to see how public and private dollars are used to address both the causes and effects of vexing social problems.Tuesday was no exception when the Funders Forum toured Shady Dell Early Childhood Center, Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery and then heard an overview of the 2013 Community Focus Report and the new strategic direction for The Kitchen’s services.

    Even after working at Isabel’s House day in and day out, Executive Director Andrea Vent can’t help but tear up when she talks about some of the kids who live there for anywhere from a day to a month while their parents try to resolve the family crisis situations that lead them to seek this temporary respite care for their children. Families who become homeless, or face health crises and mothers and fathers who fear they might hurt their children if they don’t use this safety valve to release the massive pressures they are under.

    Isabel’s House provides this refuge for as many as 20 kids up to age 12 from around the Springfield region. They give them baths and meals and fresh clothes and a blanket they can take with them when they leave. They take the school-age kids to school each morning to maintain a sense of routine and read stories to them each night, often multiple stories because many of the kids have trouble falling asleep away from their parents.

  • Arts & Culture Grants Awarded to 16 Community Arts Projects

    The weather outside was frightful, so the ceremony to present the 2013-14 Arts & Culture grants was cancelled recently. But the CFO is proud to support the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s grant awards to 16 organizations for projects that promote sustainability and audience development for community arts.

    The CFO is now partnering with the SRAC, which will administer the Arts & Culture grant process using the CFO’s field-of-interest funds created by generous donors to support the arts.

    The grants are intended to support the goals of the Springfield Cultural Plan and the issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

    The 16 grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to:

  • Agency Partner session focuses on how millennials engage with charities

    Several members of the millennial generation offered suggestions during a CFO agency partner seminar today on the best ways to engage and inspire them to donate their time, talents and dollars to nonprofit causes in the Ozarks. The panel discussion was part of a broader look at national and local survey results on how millennial […]

  • Agency Partner Opportunities in November and December

    Just a few reminders for our Agency Partners about events and deadlines coming over the next few weeks, courtesy of Director of Nonprofit Services Bridget Dierks.

    Advocacy for your Nonprofit Event November 13th

    We still have seats available for our next quarterly educational program.

    Though many nonprofit organizations have very little time or resources to pursue advocacy efforts, Nonprofit Missouri encourages us to better understand the legislative process in Missouri so that we may be the most effective in our efforts to advocate for our organizations. This educational program will cover a number of helpful topics throughout the morning.

    • Board Member and Volunteer Roles in the Advocacy Process

    • Understanding the Missouri Legislative Process

    • The Art of Advocacy, Learning from an Expert

    We will then enjoy lunch with a panel of Missouri legislators, who will share their own perspectives on effective advocacy. This is a great day, and CFO is covering the cost of the event so that our agency partners may attend for free.

    Event: Advocating for Your Nonprofit
    Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13
    Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch included)
    Location: Community Foundation of the Ozarks (425 E Trafficway, Springfield)
    Cost: Free to CFO Agency Partners

    Please contact Bridget if you have any questions about this exciting event. Please RSVP to ensure we have a correct lunch count.

  • Community Focus Report featured on KSMU’s “Making a Difference”

    Today’s “Making a Difference” segment on Springfield’s public radio station KSMU looked at how agencies use the Community Focus report produced every other year to examine Springfield-Greene County’s red flags and blue ribbons. Grantmakers, like the CFO, and service providers like Community Partnership of the Ozarks, talked about how they use the report to make […]

  • Deadline for The Learning Community Applications Tomorrow

    This is a reminder to all CFO Agency Partners that the deadline for application for third cohort of The Learning Community is tomorrow, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. This 10-month intensive training offers customized leadership training. This year’s Learning Community will focus on developing quality leadership skills in order to strengthen your nonprofit organization. CFO […]