Featured Endowment Partner: The Foundation for the Council of Churches of the Ozarks

The Foundation for the Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ primary mission is to support the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and to provide individuals with a variety of options that support charitable organizations, religious endeavors, or educational opportunities. Through the Foundation, individuals are able to take advantage of tax savings as well as help with estate planning and the enhancement of personal earnings. The Foundation serves in 50 counties in the area and provides $50,000 in funds each year to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.

Contributors’ wishes are always honored by the Foundation when discussing the designation of the distributions. These gifts can be distributed by the Foundation through various means including planned gifts, charitable gift annuities, gifts of real property, charitable remainder trusts, bequests, gifts of life insurance, gifts of retirement plan assets, charitable lead trusts, gifts of appreciated securities, gifts of personal property and donor designated gifts.

The Foundation for the Council of Churches of the Ozarks partners with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks through CFO’s financial management. President Richard Dunn sees this partnership as a prudent move. “It’s been a great partnership for us,” he said. “There’s a high confidence level.” The partnership of CFO and the Foundation helps to strengthen the non-profit sector of the area.

Gary Funk, Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ president echoed Dunn’s comments. “We truly appreciate the opportunity to partner with The Foundation. They are one of our larger nonprofit funds, and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ programs, which are supported by The Foundation, received many CFO grants from our community grantmaking program.”

The Foundation supports the different operating agencies within the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. A prime example is Daybreak, an adult day care that offers a medically monitored environment for elderly and disabled adults. CCO also supports Families for Children, a program that addresses issues with abused and neglected children through the foster care system, among many other local family-based programs.

The Foundation supports all operation costs through events such as the “Ozark Mountain Mule and Donkey Days” and the “Sporting Clay Shootout,” among other projects. Because of these events, the CCO portfolio is never used for operation costs.

Through its various beneficiaries, the Foundation continues to have a positive impact upon our local community. As said by Mr. Dunn, “We’re an institution in getting people where they want to go.”

The Foundation was established in 1999 and is chaired by Bill Darr with Don Wessel serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the organization.