People who want to support Branson and Taney County efforts to recover from the Leap Day tornado can now donate to the Branson Area Tornado Relief and Recovery Fund, established by the CFO’s affiliate Community Foundation of Taney County.
Donations can be made online at: www.cfozarks.org/donate. The online donation form includes a “Fund/Program” box where “Branson Area Tornado Relief and Recovery Fund” should be entered. Checks can be made out to “Branson Area Tornado Relief and Recovery Fund” and mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801.
Donations to the Branson Area Tornado Relief and Recovery Fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Decisions on the use of the fund will be made locally by a grant review panel established by the Community Foundation of Taney County.
Eligible grant recipients would be 501(c)3 non-profit agencies that will be providing direct services for storm-related needs or groups with similar tax-exempt status such as government or faith-based organizations.
“We believe there will be a number of needs or gaps in funding from other sources that can be addressed through the generosity of private donations,” said Doug Jordan, President of the Community Foundation of Taney County. “This type of fund gives us the flexibility to offer grantmaking as circumstances warrant during our community’s rebuilding and recovery.”
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has been involved in post-disaster community rebuilding for more than a decade.
“We are committed to ensuring that the donations stay in the community and that decisions are made locally because we believe that local leaders are best positioned to recognize where the needs are greatest,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.