Making a Difference

Every Other Month

Supported by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Making a Difference is a long-running series that draws upon the personal stories and voices of Ozarks residents to highlight key issues impacting our community. 

Past seasons have included stories on poverty relief, public education, mental illness and other topics important to our community.  For the 2019-2020 season, we bring you conversations about collaboration -- in local philanthropy, in city planning, in early childhood education and more. 

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

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, The Foresight and Philanthropy of Julia Dorothy Coover.

Over the past 15 years, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has distributed more than 400 grants totaling nearly $5million from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Commerce Bank/ Commerce Trust Company.  Mrs. Coover established this unrestricted fund, giving volunteer committees the ability to grant funds annually to needs she would have not been able to anticipate. 

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

“Sometimes you have to help the parents, to help the children.”                                                                                  

Karen Miller
Mike Smith / KSMU

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, the Youth Empowerment Project, or YEP!       A youth oriented and directed program of The Community Foundation  of the Ozarks, and The Rural Schools Partnership, YEP’s mission is to  empower youth to Positively Impact Their Community Through Education, Service, Grant making, and Fundraising. 

Louise Knauer / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, a conversation between 2 local doctors.  One is a recipient of a Community Foundation of the Ozarks/Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarship, and recently was named to the Foundation's Board of Directors.  The other began his association with the CFO's SGCMF in 1957, and today too, serves on the Foundation's Board:  

Matt Lemmon / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Celebrated its 43rd anniversary June 18th, and for this edition of Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, the Foundation’s 1st  two paid employees are here to talk about their early days in the office.

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