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This week, host Linda Regan speaks with Brian Fogle, president and CEO for Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

Today’s discussion explains what an endowment fund is, and how this differs from other forms of financial giving. Fogle explains why this type of financial support has been “life changing” for the long-term financial support of many area non-profit organizations. 

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With support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, this is Making a Difference; Connecting through Conversation. Today, we introduce you to Ray Burmood and Don Underwood, who met and became friends as volunteers for the Red Cross. Their friendship and genuine appreciation of each other survives despite their political and religious differences.

Note Of Correction: Audio in this feature incorrectly identifies Don Underwood's place of residence.

Don Underwood lives in Republic Missouri

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Making a Difference; Connecting Through Conversation, is produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. In this segment, we listen in on a phone conversation between two men whose friendhsip remains intact despite their political differences.

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As part of our ongoing series Making a Difference, produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we present another Conversation on Collaboration.  Today, we look at collaborative solutions put forth by the CFO, The United Way of the Ozarks, and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, to support local and regional COVID-19 coronavirus relief efforts.

Brian Fogle is president of the Community Foundation Of The Ozarks.

Comunity Foundation Of The Ozarks

In 2018, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks teamed up with the Missouri Foundation for Health to provide funding for the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, or ROHI.(pronounced Roh-Hee) It's a three year, $750,000 grant program to address priority health issues, and communities or regions served by C.F.O. Rural affiliate foundations.

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Last month in Springfield, representatives of philanthropic, charitable, technological and governmental groups from around the country and here at home, gathered to share stories and ideas of how collaborative philanthropy has and can, transform communities.

“I would say collaboration means, bringing people together to achieve forward thinking, common good, and measureable outcomes,” says Jenna Manders, from The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

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Since the first Community Focus Report For Springfield/Greene County in 2004 and every edition since, Blue Ribbons have been awarded to the community for Continued Collaboration, and on this edition of KSMU’s Making a Difference, two former city officials and the head of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, share  memories and insights of Springfield Missouri as a collaborative community. 

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Ginger Ramirez was going through tough times, a few years ago. The 33 year old and her children live in Northwest Springfield, Zone 1, which has the city’s highest rate of poverty: “Oh absolutely, there was no hope.  I felt like I was deteriorating, that I was falling apart, and my whole world was crashing. I wasn’t able to work anymore because of child care expenses.  I was living off donating plasma every week, making $70.00 a week.  That was my income to raise children and make a living.”

Every Child Promise / Community Partnership of the Ozarks

The Every Child Promise:  Our Community Promises to Empower Families, So That Every Child, Age Birth-Six, Has the Opportunity to Enter Schools, Ready to Learn. 

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A five member coalition of community partners, made public the 2017 Community Focus Report, October 24th at the Springfield Art Museum Auditorium. 

Since 2004, the biennial report card for Springfield and Greene County, has issued its own distinctive Blue Ribbons and Red Flags, to identify community strengths and challenges. 

Jonathan Groves

This story has been updated to include the full 2017 CFR, which was made public Tuesday morning. 

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

In May of 2016, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced Marshfield, Salem, and Sarcoxie, as the first 3 Missouri communities to receive CFO’s first ever Economic Development Grants, through the Growth in the Rural Ozarks, grand program.  GRO, as it is known, is designed to promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and economic and workforce development in rural communities.  Growth in the Rural Ozarks is Co-Funded by CFO and USDA Rural Development, and ov

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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. 

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Making A Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced for KSMU by Mike Smith, with support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 

Brian Fogle
Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Brian Fogle has been appointed to a newly created Community Advisory Council (CAC) established by the Federal Reserve Board.

Members of CAC, announced Tuesday, will provide information, advice, and recommendations to the Board on a wide range of relevant policy matters and emerging issues of interest.