Toward the end of a full morning of the Community Summit: Focus on Poverty on Oct. 8, CFO President Brian Fogle had a surprise announcement for the nearly 400 people assembled at the Springfield Art Museum. He learned the day before that the Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation awarded the CFO a $500,000 grant to match the $500,000 committed by the CFO for The Northwest Project. That gives the project a total of $1 million to date for a grant opportunity open to nonprofits that serve Springfield, particularly the northwest section approximately defined by the City Council Zone 1 boundaries.
Stanley Ball, a longtime insurance professional who died in March at 97, has a long history with the CFO. In 1993, he served as the president of the CFO’s first affiliate, the Nixa Community Foundation. His Foundation is managed by Central Trust, which administered this first grant process.
“He would be thrilled,” his daughter, Jo Arcudia, said. “One of the things he said quite often was that he wanted to help people who wanted to do better in life but did not have the means to do so.”
The Northwest Project is a five-year grant to pilot solutions to helping families move out of poverty on a sustainable basis. The CFO is inviting initial proposals as the first step in a Request for Proposal process. For more information, visit: cfozarks.org/northwest.
Prior to Fogle’s announcement, the Junior League of Springfield’s Community Summit on Poverty included multiple presentations and announcements this week aimed at addressing Springfield’s persistent poverty issue.
An overview of the 2015 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County and the findings of the City of Springfield’s 18-month Poverty Commission were followed by a presentation from Dawn Lockhart, who helped spearhead the city of Jacksonville, Fla.’s “1,000 in 1,000” initiative, which sought to lift 1,000 families out of poverty every 1,000 days.
The CFO thanks Community Focus Report co-funders the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Springfield-Greene County Library District, United Way of the Ozarks, and the Junior League of Springfield for their hard work, as well as the City of Springfield for their efforts on today’s Summit.