CFO celebrates nonprofit partners at annual luncheon

The CFO recognized its nonprofit partners at an annual luncheon this week with appreciation for all, sweet treats for some, and new opportunities for those interested in our annual training programs and grant resources.

And everyone got to listen to the humorous and unconventional tale of Springfield retailer Bryan Simpson’s route to opening his two 5 Pound Apparel locations that contribute a portion of sales to support nonprofit work locally and internationally.

Agency partners who joined the CFO in FY14 or opened new funds were recognized with Oreo bark and truffles from Elle’s Patisserie.

In announcing the next phase of the Ozarks Empowerment Project, Executive Vice President Julie Leeth said the CFO will again offer The Learning Community, a 10-month training program for nonprofit leaders under the tutelage of national executive trainer Dr. Cal LeMon. The deadline to apply is Sept. 19. The application is available at:

The CFO also unveiled plans for Give Ozarks, the region’s first online giving day taking place on May 5, 2015. CFO agency partners should plan to attend the introductory session for this on Nov. 12 by RSVP’ing here: You can learn more about the project at this link:

A new matching grant cycle is open to agencies interested in doing donor-perception surveys for more effective fundraising and more satisfying donor experiences. Agencies interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact Julie Leeth at:; or (417) 864-6199. For application information, visit:

The FY15 grant cycles are available at: For more information about the CFO’s general Agency Partner program, visit: