CFO Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Community Open House

The CFO welcomed partners, supporters and community members to an open house Thursday to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Mayor Bob Stephens offered a proclamation that included declaring Tuesday, June 18, as “Community Foundation of the Ozarks Day” in Springfield to mark the actual date of the CFO’s founding in 1973. During his remarks, he noted that the day had been one of his best ever as mayor because he also attended the annual Gift of Time volunteer awards luncheon. Between the generosity citizens express through their gifts of time and charitable dollars, Springfield is a very fortunate place to benefit from both, he said.

The open house event also included recognition of the newly landscaped Fanny Baldwin Garden adjacent to the CFO on the Jordan Creek Greenway. The family of Mrs. Baldwin established a fund at the CFO to support a garden honoring “Posey,” as she was known, who was a familiar sight in downtown Springfield in the early 1900s as one of our first urban gardeners. The CFO partners with the Springfield-Greene County Park Department, which planted and re-landscaped the space. CFO Board Chair Jill Reynolds says the garden exemplifies the best spirit of community foundation philanthropy in creating amenities, as well as addressing more serious social issues.

CFO President Brian Fogle likened the building of the CFO over 40 years to the history of building cathedrals, which may take 200 years to build. The cathedral builders understood that they may never see their vision fully realized; likewise, donors who choose to leave planned gifts to benefit their communities understand that they may never see the outcome, but their legacy will survive.

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