Previous Initiatives

Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks

The second phase of the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks was completed in 2011. A total of 26 southern Missouri rural schools received nearly $1 million from generous donors and the Harry Cooper Supply Company challenge grant funds  to build long-term sustainability for these districts. The districts include: Alton, Aurora, Ava, Bolivar, Bradleyville, Cassville, Dallas County, Dora, Eminence, Fair Grove, Fairview, Gainesville, Hermann, Hollister, Houston, Lockwood, Logan-Rogersville, Monett, Nixa, Reeds Spring, Seymour, Valle, Warsaw, Weaubleau, West Plains and Willard.

This second phase of the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks focused on rural schools on the principle that successful rural schools and communities are intertwined in creating economic development to benefit all of their residents.

Phase I, which began in 2008, focused on building and strengthening the community-based philanthropy efforts of the CFO’s regional affiliate community foundations. The Cooper Campaign made available matching funds made possible by the generosity of the Harry Cooper Supply Company.

Stewardship Ozarks Initiative

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks focused on the sustainability of conservation and environmental non-profit groups in an initiative that ran from 2007 to 2010. The Stewardship Ozarks Initiative was an effort to strengthen regional organizations that are committed to conservation efforts in the Missouri Ozarks.  Read more.

ECHO Project

Funded through a $1 million CFO grant, the five-year ECHO (Enhancing Children’s Healthy Opportunities) Project brought together Burrell Behavioral Health, CFO, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, MSU, and the Springfield Public Schools in a collaborative effort to promote childhood resiliency. The project, which concluded in 2011, served two Springfield elementary schools, Campbell and Robberson, each with a significant population of at-risk students. Read more.

Grantmakers’ Challenge for Children

In January 2011, the CFO marked the conclusion of the five-year Grantmakers Challenge for Children, which began in response to the 2004, 2005 and 2007 Community Focus reports for Springfield and Greene County. The Challenge focused about $22 million toward the reports’ red-flag issues for children in our community. The 2004 report stated, “Overcoming these pressing challenges will ultimately shape the future of Springfield and Greene County.” Read more.


The Planned Giving Initiative

Planned Giving Initiative

Planned Giving: A Conversation with Bill Putnam (2011)

Please enjoy a short video by CFO Fiscal Year 2010 Chairman Tom Prater on CFO’s Planned Giving Initiative.

For more information on the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ planned giving initiative, see our Planned Giving page.