Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri awards 21 community grants

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. recently awarded $19,000 in grants to 21 agencies serving Barton, Jasper, McDonald and Newton counties, including the cities of Carthage and Joplin. The diverse array of agencies receiving grants included the Powers Museum, the Community Clinic of Carthage and Joplin, The George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, The Carthage Crisis Center, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, and other agencies that provide essential services to those communities.

Unrestricted community grantmaking is the most tangible way in which a community foundation gives back to the community. Because these endowment funds are unrestricted, they can be used to address immediate community needs while providing the flexibility to attend to future problems. Community grantmaking got a big boost over the last year with the successful completion of the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks; thirty-seven regional community foundations, including the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, participated in the dollar-for-dollar challenge that generated $2.2 million for grantmaking and administrative endowments.

Grantmaking was more important than ever this year, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its 40 affiliate foundations gave back a record $15 million in charitable grants and distributions during the 2009 fiscal year (7/1/08 – 6/30/09).

Pictured above: Representatives from 21 organizations were presented grants by the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri. Photo by John Hacker, Carthage Press.