Sarcoxie Community Foundation Becomes CFO’s 44th Affiliate

The founding Sarcoxie Community Foundation Board (left to right): John Lewis, Gay Lynne Dawson, President Gary Turner, Judy Patrick, Secretary, and Johnny Hankins.

The founding members of the Sarcoxie  Community Foundation Board of Directors are:  Gary Turner, President; Judy Patrick, Secretary; and board members Gay Lynne Dawson, Johnny Hawkins, and John Lewis.

The Foundation was seeded through the generosity of a $30,000 donation from The Stebbins Trust, which has existed for many years to help citizens of Sarcoxie. One of its highest-profile projects was donating funds to the Sarcoxie Park Board to create the Stebbins Memorial Park.

Turner said the Foundation will begin its work by educating residents about the benefits of having a community foundation. The Board hopes to initiate its first community grantmaking process within the next year to begin giving money back to the community. Turner said he wants residents to understand that an endowed foundation, where its principle remains intact and a certain amount is distributed each year, creates a community resource that will last forever.

“We just felt like there was a need in the community for a foundation,” said Turner, who credited board member John Lewis with handling much of the initial start-up process. “By having people reach out and give to a foundation, which can in turn give to those who need assistance, it gets everybody engaged in the community.”

The Sarcoxie Community Foundation Board will receive support and assistance from Michelle Ducre, the CFO’s staff associate based in Joplin, as well as from CFO’s Springfield staff. Information about the SCF will be posted on the CFO’s website at:

“We look forward to working with the Board to take a leadership role in the community by using charitable resources to help address local needs and also to build on Sarcoxie’s strengths for its long-term success,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public charitable foundation founded in 1973 to enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and public leadership. In addition to its 44-member affiliate network, the CFO also works with about 400 non-profit agencies, including more than 100 schools, through more than 2,000 funds established for charitable resources.

Gifts made to the Sarcoxie Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS