Making a Difference

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Making a Difference is a long-running partnership between KSMU and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.  The series draws upon the personal stories and voices of Ozarks residents to highlight issues impacting our community.  Beginning in October 2018 Making a Difference will explore the topic of mental health – with the objective of creating awareness and reducing stigma.  Let's Talk About It: Normalizing Mental Health Conversations is a collection of intimate conversations with individuals navigating their own mental health journeys. 

You can browse our Making a Difference archives below or at the CFO website.

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Voice of Community Foundation of the Ozarks President Brian Fogle, breaking down the basics of the inaugural Give Ozarks/Day of Giving, a 24 hour online only fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday May 5th:  “One of the things that makes this work so well, is there’s something for every donor that they can feel good about, can feel passionate about, and know they’re giving to a cause they care about.”

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Tuesday May 5th from midnight –midnight, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, along with its affiliate foundations in communities across southern Missouri, will host the inaugural Give Ozarks/ Day of Giving, an online only opportunity for donors to contribute to a favorite non- profit CFO managed fund.   In this, the first feature in a series of Making a Difference reports leading up to and following the May 5th event, producer Mike Smith has a brief history of Giving Days, and talks with a representative of the Knight Foundation about its role in supporting them.  You’ll also hear from

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A recent study commissioned by the CFO and the Musgrave Foundation, shows Springfield’s nonprofit community as a major player in the social and economic structure of the city. Dan Prater led the study, as Director of the Center for Nonprofit Communication at Drury University. “With the study, I wanted not only to clarify some misconceptions, but I wanted people to know that nonprofits are players.” To the tune of $4 Billion dollars a year in Springfield alone, 20% of the city’s total revenue.

The Every Child Promise aims to cut in half the number of local youth who are unprepared to learn upon entering kindergarten within 10 years. KSMU's Mike Smith has more in our latest installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.

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