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.
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.
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.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is celebrating its 45th anniversary this month by awarding special one-time grants and marking several key milestones achieved this year. The 2018 milestones celebrated at the annual donor dinner on June 20 include: Reaching $350 million in total grants and distributions since the CFO’s inception in 1973; Exceeding $5 […]
This spring, high school students from the Springfield chapter of the CFO Youth Empowerment Project awarded more than $1,800 in grants to nonprofits serving area children, families and students. The members made all of the grantmaking decisions through a formal application-and-review process. The 2018 YEP Grant recipients were: The Child Advocacy Center, $286.50 FosterAdopt Connect, $500 […]
Photo caption, from left: Mike Smith, Ginger Ramirez and Kristina Wilmoth share stories and highlights of The Northwest Project, now entering its third year. The most recent “Making a Difference” segment from KSMU radio’s Mike Smith focuses on the second anniversary of The Northwest Project, the CFO’s $1.3 million initiative to lift families in […]
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $321,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 21 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects focused on place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. With this year’s distribution, […]