Donor Services

Let Us Help You Create a More Generous Community

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public foundation committed to recognizing, informing and engaging donors through a variety of means in an effort to strengthen outreach and philanthropy in our region and beyond. Our goal is to provide you with customized service that will allow you to realize your charitable goal.

When establishing a fund with the CFO, donors can expect the utmost attention to fund administration for the “back office” services. It is important to the CFO that donors know the business of the organization is impeccable and we are proud of a long tradition of unqualified audits and successful fund management. We provide tax acknowledgement letters, quarterly fund statements; fund information via Donor Central; appreciate stock and real estate acceptance; proven investment performance.

  • Services

    Ways of Giving – Almost any kind of asset can be used to start a fund or contribute to an existing fund including cash, securities, real estate, and many other options. Let us help you decide the best method for you and your family.

    Legacy Society – The CFO’s Legacy Society was created to recognize and thank donors in their lifetimes who have made planned giving commitments to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliates. Find a complete listing of members and funds established through planned gifts. For information about how you can leave a lasting legacy for your home town by leaving just 5 percent of your estate to your local community foundation, please see our Transfer of Wealth page.

    Types of Funds – The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to assisting donors with the establishment of funds that meet a wide variety of charitable purposes. Here’s what you need to know.

    Donate Online – Want to make a charitable contribution to your fund or another fund at the CFO? Our secure online donation portal makes it safe and easy.

    Donor Central- This service is provided to CFO donors who serve as advisers to funds. It allows them to manage their funds online and make grant recommendations.

    Curious about the concept of “bunching” your charitable contributions in light of recent tax law changes? Here’s some information. 

    Need more information? Contact us.

  • News

    • Photo of the CFO's Diversity and Inclusion grant recipients

      Six projects receive inaugural Diversity and Inclusion grants

      On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $60,000 for six grants for collaborative community projects through its inaugural Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Program. The goal of the new grant program is to bring awareness of diversity and inclusion issues to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life […]

    • Dr. Tricia Derges named 2018 Humanitarian

      Dr. Tricia Derges has been named the 2018 Humanitarian Award recipient for her work with Lift Up Someone Today, a medical mission for individuals and families in need. She will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Bond Learning Center at the Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield. Tickets are […]

    • Disaster PREP Grants Awarded to Five Affiliates

      Earlier this year, the CFO was awarded $45,000 to make the Natural Disaster PREP Initiative grants available to our affiliate foundations, made possible through The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Five affiliate foundations representing the Cape Girardeau, Lake of the Ozarks, Hermann, Joplin and Ozark Foothills areas were selected to receive grant funding […]

    • Jewell Thompson Schweitzer presents the 2017 Humanitarian Award

      Nomination period now open for the 2018 Humanitarian Award 

      Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 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 29th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. Mrs. Schweitzer passed away in April. Click here to read […]