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  • Nomination period for 2019 Humanitarian Award now open

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 30th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by the late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer.  The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. […]

  • Scholarship recipients express gratitude to donors

    As young people prepare to head to colleges, universities, trade schools and other higher-education institutions, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is celebrating the nearly 1,000 students who received scholarships administered by the CFO. Generous donors have established more than 400 scholarship funds to help make the cost of higher education more affordable for students […]

  • CFO announces 2019–20 grant cycles

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2019–20 grantmaking program for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri. The CFO will provide about $1.35 million in grantmaking opportunities, much of which will be available in competitive grant cycles open to nonprofit proposals. After a successful introduction last year, the […]

  • Remembering Bill Stalnaker

    Springfield lost a tremendous community champion when Bill Stalnaker passed away on June 12. Bill worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 39 years at locations across the country, first in West Virginia and ultimately in Springfield, where he spent 17 years as its executive director. He then dedicated his leadership to The Kitchen, […]

  • Southern Missouri Recovery Fund

    CFO accepting disaster recovery donations

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting donations to support community recovery efforts from the tornado and flooding damage related to this week’s storms. A series of tornados, followed by flooding, affected a large region of southwest Missouri Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the hardest-hit communities in the CFO’s service region are Ozark, Rogersville, Willard, […]

  • Ozarks Teacher Corps Logo

    New report details positive impact of Ozarks Teacher Corps

    A new study shows participants in a Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ scholarship program to develop rural educators have a 92 percent placement rate, with three-quarters of them still teaching in the districts they joined after graduation and most planning to continue their careers in a rural setting. These are among the key findings in […]

  • Jonathan Scales, board president of Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, speaks during the CFO’s 2019 Endowment Match Challenge grant presentation at Q Enoteca in Springfield, Mo., on Friday, March 29.

    Twelve nonprofit agencies complete 2019 Endowment Match Challenge

    Twelve nonprofit agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks have successfully completed the 2019 Endowment Match Challenge. The matching grants from the CFO were presented to the agencies during a luncheon at Q Enoteca on March 29. Aspire Scholarship Program (Joplin) Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri (Joplin) Cabool Education Foundation Chadwick […]

  • Group photo of 2019 Senior Mental Health grant recipients

    CFO awards new Senior Mental Health grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $40,000 in five Senior Mental Health grants for projects designed to improve the lives of senior citizens in Springfield and Greene County. The grants were awarded Wednesday, March 6, at Northview Center. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are intended to tackle senior citizen […]

  • 2019 Collective Impact grant recipients full group photo

    CFO awards 2019 Collective Impact Grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $120,000 in five Collective Impact grants to advance projects that use nonprofit collaboration to address “red-flag” issues. The grants were awarded Thursday, Jan. 31, at Messiah Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center, one of the recipient agencies. Representatives for each of the partnerships described their projects, which are […]