The Philanthropist

CFO Philanthropist Dec 09


Welcome to the third issue of the Philanthropist! This e-newsletter has been created to serve our affiliate community foundations, donors, and agency partners.  To add members of your organization or family to this e-news list, please contact me at or 417.864.6199.

In This Issue

  • Humanitarian Recipient to be Announced Tomorrow
  • Table Rock Lake Community Foundation Hosts Grant Round
  • Affiliate Conference Date Announced
  • El Dorado Springs Community Foundation Hosts Grant Round
  • Coover Regional Grants Awarded
  • Students from Springfield Community Center visit CFO
  • Crosslines Reaches CRG Goal
  • Grant Writing Workshop Hosted by Tammy Flippen
  • Two Organizations Reach Stewardship Ozarks Phase III Goal
  • Professional Advisors Breakfast Hosted by CFO
  • Kirby Family Supports the GOAT
  • Many Grant Visit Opportunities in December

News for Everyone

Humanitarian Recipient to be Announced December 8th
The twentieth annual Humanitarian of the Year Award will be announced by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks at a luncheon tomorrow.  To read of the recipient of this award, please visit our website tomorrow (  

The purpose of the award is to honor someone in our community who has, at personal sacrifice, extended services, time and resources towards helping others, and to recognize the cause and work of such individuals.  An independent selection committee comprised of the Chairman-Elect of the Chamber of Commerce, three members of the clergy and three members of the community received the nominations and selected the honoree.

Accompanying the crystal award is a $3,000 cash grant to be divided equally between the recipient and the charities of the recipient’s choice. The award is made possible by earnings from an endowment fund established by Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, a former Community Foundation Board member and current Advisory Director.

Past recipients include: Mary Beth O’Reilly; Sister Lorraine Biebel; Calvin Allen; Leonard Spellman; Linda Duncan and Janie Brunette, RN, MSN; Dr. Dorsey Levell; E.E. “Johnny” Johnson; Dr. Jim Blaine; John Harp; Paul and Cyndy Teas; Judge Tom E. Mountjoy; Harold Bengsch; Dr. John Bentley; Wade E. Palmer; Dr. Judith Gonzalez; and William and Virginia Darr; Pat Walker; Marie Prater; Bill Stalnaker.

Affiliate News

Table Rock  Lake Community Foundation Hosts Grant Round, Awards $25,000 to Local Agencies
Congratulations to the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation for providing $25,000 in grants to local agencies!  Seven organizations from the Table Rock Lake area received funds in this annual grant round. 

The organizations which received funds are as follows:

  • Kornerstone, Inc. , $6,000
  • Kimberling Area Library Association, $2,200
  • Humane Society of the Branson Tri-Lakes Area, $3,500
  • Galena City Hall, $2,200
  • Central Crossing Fire Protection District, $1,000
  • Christian Associates, $6,000
  • Lives Under Construction Ranch, $4,100

To learn more about the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation, visit our website here:

Table Rock Lake Community Foundation

Affiliate Conference To be Held April 1st
This year’s affiliate conference will be held on April 1, 2010 at the CFO offices.  Mark your calendars!  More details regarding the conference will be forthcoming.

El Dorado Springs Community Foundation Provides $7,807  In Grants to Community
The El Dorado Springs Community Foundation recently held their annual grant round and selected seven projects to receive a total of $7,807 in grants.  The grants selected in this year’s round were largely focused on education in El Dorado Springs.  Four grants totaling $5,800 were given to projects at El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools, and two grants totaling $1,250 were given to support projects at El Dorado Springs Christian School.

Congratulations to the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation for hosting another successful grant round!

For more information on the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation, visit our site here:

El Dorado Springs Community Foundation

Coover Regional Grants Selected
The Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company, awarded $109,475.00 to 8 agencies serving the Missouri Ozarks in a grant presentation held on November 17th. This year’s Coover awards focused directly on solutions aimed at fighting rural poverty. The review panel received 35 applications representing $485,909.00 in requested funds. Organizations with regional service areas that are primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County are encouraged to apply. Mrs. Coover, a 30 year employee of Commerce Bank, established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor the memory of her husband.

To see a full list of the organizations which received grants, please see our website here:

Eight Agencies Receive $109,475 in Grants

Agency Partner News

Students from the Springfield Community Center Visit CFO
The Ozarks Literacy Council (OLC) provides programming each Monday for the children at the Springfield Community Center through its “Books Come Alive” program. This program is designed to introduce the students to books, potential careers, and positive role models from the community.  This year’s project has focused the first semester on philanthropy. This theme has involved presentations about the importance of charity and why and how groups in the community raise funds for different causes.  As part of this theme, students visited CFO to learn about ways we assist in philanthropy.  Randy Russell gave the students a tour of the CFO offices and explained the ways CFO assists philanthropic efforts in the Ozarks.

To read about this project and the children’s penny fundraiser, see our website here:

Community Center Students Collect Pennies While Learning about Philanthropy

Crosslines Program of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks Reaches Community Response Goal
Congratulations to the Crosslines Program of the Council of Churches for reaching their Community Response Challenge Grant goal!  The Crosslines program was chosen to participate in the Community Response Grant opportunities, and they are the first organization to reach their fundraising goal of $40,000 and receive a dollar-for-dollar match. 

Community Foundation of the Ozarks was joined by American Dehydrated Foods, Inc, the Thomas Carlson fund, the Musgrave Foundation, the Roy W. Slusher Foundation, and the Turner Family Foundation in making available $325,000 to 10 local organizations providing direct services to meet the identified red flag issues of access to healthcare, child abuse and neglect, and hunger and homelessness. The recipients must match each grant dollar with new donations.  For more information about this challenge, please see our website here:

Community Response Challenge Grants

Grant Writing Workshop Hosted by Tammy Flippen
Writing a grant for the first time can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience.  Thankfully, we have experts like the library’s Tammy Flippin who can help us understand the process better.  On November 17th, Tammy hosted a workshop which examined the relationship among organizational mission statement, needs assessments, goals, objectives and evaluations.  Additionally, Tammy taught the 20 participants who attended how to outline the grant process and draft sections of a  grant proposal project.  The session ended with a discussion on writing techniques to help make a grant writing process smarter and faster.

For more information on nonprofit sessions held by the Springfield-Greene County Library, see their website at:

Upper White River Basin Foundation and Hidden Waters Nature Park Reach Stewardship Ozarks Phase III Goal
Congratulations to the Upper White River Basin Foundation and the Hidden Waters Nature Park for reaching their Stewardship Ozarks Phase III goals!  The Upper White River Basin Foundation (UWRBF) raised $10,000, which was matched with the Stewardship Ozarks Initiative funding.  Hidden Waters Nature Park raised $5,000 to go into the Hidden Waters Nature Park Fund. 

The Stewardship Ozarks Initiative is a project  which works to match endowment building efforts of our conservation-oriented agency partners.  For more information on the Stewardship Ozarks Initiative, see our website here:

Stewardship Ozarks Initiative

Donor News

Professional Advisors Breakfast Results in a Rewarding Discussion about Philanthropy
The CFO Professional Advisors Council (PAC) met on November 10th to discuss ways CFO can develop healthy relationships with professional advisors in the Ozarks.  PAC members focused on two major relationship building opportunities:  donor advised fund establishment and Legacy Society membership.   They offered several suggestions which the CFO staff will work toward in the future.  Additionally, CFO staff updated the Professional Advisors on changes in CFO’s outside managed funds policy. 

For more information on the Professional Advisors Council, please give us a call at 417.864.6199.

For more information on becoming a Legacy Society member or establishing a donor advised fund at CFO, please contact Winter Skelton at .

Kirby Foundation Fund Makes Grant to Support Greater Ozarks Art Tour
Thanks to Scott Kirby and the Kirby Foundation Vincent Van Goat now has new programming to teach school children around the Ozarks about local artists.  Vincent Van Goat is a colorful goat sculpture that allows elementary-aged children to climb on his back and learn about Ozarks’ art forms through kid-friendly interactive software and film clips. The second installment of the film released this fall features information on a painter, singer, ballet dancer, filmmaker and performer/ business owner.  A program of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Vincent is transported to a school or library for up to one-week. Vincent Van Goat: The Movie is the DVD version of the interactive computer program and can be provided upon request to members of the Rural Schools Partnership.

CFO would like to thank Scott and the Kirby Foundation for their generous support of this project! For more information on the GOAT program, please contact Randy Russell at  or 417.864.6199 ext. 14

Many Grant Visits Offered in December
Participating in grants visits can help make us more aware of our community and its needs and how so many individuals are working toward making the lives of the individuals who live in our region better.  They are an excellent way to see the inner workings of the organizations with whom we work and better understand the important services they provide for our community.    Several of the grant visits listed below have already taken place but are included here for complete picture of all of the programs that were supported through the 2008-2009 Environmental and Senior Issues grant awards. Please let us know if you would like to attend the remaining visits to learn more about the outcomes that resulted from the program proposals that were funded. Call Randy at 417.864.6199 ext. 14 for additional information on joining us for these visits during the month of December.

  • Dec. 1, 2:30 – Drury SIFE
  • Dec. 2, 2:30 –  Alzheimer’s Association
  • Dec. 3, 2:30 –  Day Break Adult Daycare
  • Dec. 7, 1:30 –  The Sierra Club, Mark Twain School
  • Dec. 7, 3:30 –  The Kitchen, Hilltop Apartments
  • Dec. 9, 3:30 –  Springfield Public Schools Environmental Education, Hickory Hills School
  • Dec. 10, 2:30 – Burrell Mental Health/Jordan Valley Health Center, Jordan Valley Health Center
  • Dec. 14, 3:30 –  YMCA, Jones Branch
  • Dec. 17, 3:30, – Ozarks Greenways, CFO and the Martin Luther King Bridge