James River Basin Partnership successfully completes Stewardship Ozarks challenge

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that the James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) has successfully reached its fund raising goal for CFO’s Stewardship Ozark Initiative. The organization raised more than $10,000 for its organizational endowment, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Stewardship Ozarks Initiative.

“This is an important milestone for the sustainability of our organization and helps insure that we can continue to protect water quality in our region,” said Holly Neill, executive director, James River Basin Partnership.

The JRBP has received support from CFO’s grantmaking programs for several important projects aimed at addressing water quality. The JRBP received a grant for $25,000 in 2006 to increase public awareness about pollution affecting local waterways and the means to address these challenges. One of the more visible elements of that project are the rain gardens – shallow depressions filled with native plants that filter pollutants from runoff and help recharge the groundwater aquifer – installed around the city, including one at CFO. In February 2008, the JRBP received a $26,500 grant from the Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program to expand their public education efforts, including river cleanups and watershed festivals in communities within the James River Basin.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Stewardship Ozarks Initiative (SOI) is dedicated to preserving our natural environment through:

• Targeted grantmaking
• $1,000,000 Challenge for Conservation, an endowment building program
• Planned giving

For more information about the Stewardship Ozarks Initiative please visit the SOI page of our website.

Pictured above: Holly Neill (left), executive director of the James River Basin Partnership, is congratulated by Gary Funk, CFO president.