Category Archives: Coover

  • Recipients of the 2019 Coover Regional and Place-Based Education grants

    CFO and Commerce Trust announce 2019 Coover grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $320,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 16 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects dedicated to place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. The 2019 Coover Regional […]

  • CFO, Commerce Trust award $321,000 in Coover grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $321,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 21 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects focused on place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. With this year’s distribution, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with The Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $250,000 on Feb. 23 to 18 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri. The 2016 Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program featured representatives of the agencies receiving grants, who made comments about the needs […]

  • 2015 Coover Regional grants presented at Commerce Trust

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, today awarded grants totaling $200,000  to 17 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri. The 2015 Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program presentation, which took place at The Commerce Trust Company’s Springfield office, included comments from […]

  • 2014 Rural Schools Rendezvous focuses on “Why Rural Matters”

    On Wednesday, April 23, students, educators, future teachers and administrators from across the Ozarks met in Fair Grove, Mo., for the fourth annual Rural Schools Rendezvous. Held somewhere other than Thomasville, Mo., for the first time since its inception, the event featured a keynote from RSP founder and former CFO President Dr. Gary Funk. Funk, […]

  • 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:

  • Thomasville Rendezvous Features Lessons, Stories and $70,000 in Coover Grants

    On Thursday, May 2, the Rural Schools Partnership and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks invited educators, administrators and students to Thomasville, Mo. for the fourth consecutive year to celebrate rural schools and those who continue to help them thrive. The keynote speaker was Dr. Arthur Mallory, a longtime state education official and rural schools […]