CFO Launches Planned Giving Initiative


Legacy Society Ambassadors:  Bill Putnam, Carthage,  Sally Baird, Springfield, Julie Turner Brown, Springfield, and Ron Giedd, Seymour. 


See their video here… 


The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has given back more than $58 million (December 1) to communities throughout the region since 1973, delivering on our mission to enhance the quality of life for citizens now and for generations to come. The Foundation’s success is driven by the generosity of donors seeking an effective way to give something back to their community.

Cultivating charitable planned giving is a central goal of the Foundation. Through thoughtful planned gifts, we strengthen community grantmaking, support sustainability of the agencies serving our neighbors and keep vital community capital in the Ozarks region.  

This year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is undertaking a major initiative to expand planned giving commitments. The initiative sets an ambitious goal of adding one new Legacy Society member from each affiliate community foundation and 20 new members from the Springfield Metro area.

The Legacy Society recognizes and thanks donors who have made a planned giving commitment in their lifetimes. Members receive the satisfaction of knowing their charitable bequest will have a lasting, meaningful impact in their community long as well as encourage friends and neighbors to make a charitable commitment.

Four Legacy Society members have graciously stepped forward as honorary ambassadors for the planned giving initiative: Sally Baird, CFO board of directors chairman; Julie Brown, past board chairman; Ron Giedd, Greater Seymour Area Foundation president emeritus; and Bill Putnam, Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri executive director. On our web site, you’ll find short videos featuring each ambassador discussing what inspired them to give something back to their community and even some helpful dialog about how to make a charitable planned gift.

To view more information about this important initiative, please view our Planned Giving Initiative page…



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