Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

As some nonprofits begin to feel the financial impact of so many closures and increased needs due to COVID-19, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) is stepping up to help with grants.


The CFO, a charitable foundation serving 58 counties in southern and central Missouri, is accepting applications for the grants now. This fund is targeted to help nonprofits serving people affected by the coronavirus outbreak across the CFO’s service region.


Comunity Foundation Of The Ozarks

Next on KSMU, 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. And today, the importance of working well with others when it comes to Placemaking, which Wikipedia defines as a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces, capitalizing on a local community's, assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of promoting people’s health, happiness and well-being... Placemaking.

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.

Comunity Foundation Of The Ozarks

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.

Springfield-Greene County Focus Report-Part II

Nov 4, 2019

This week on Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs with Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Dr. Jonathan Groves, department chair of communications at Drury University.

This is the second of a two-part series exploring the Community Focus Report.  Today’s discussion digs into the statistics, analysis and how to put this information to work.

Comunity Foundation Of The Ozarks

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. 


This week on Making Democracy Work, host Linda Regan speaks with Alice Wingo, vice president of affiliates with Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

Today’s discussion explores the reach of community giving and donor support beyond Springfield, with 49 affiliate foundations spanning 58 counties in the region.

“If people have seen the movie Thelma and Louise, and at the end of the movie, they drive their car right off the cliff.  That’s what it’s like for me at times”, says Carolyn Crawford.  “When I know I’m going into a manic state, I have to stop and say ‘Wait a Minute’, and pull back from the cliff.  That’s how it affects me.  But I really didn’t know what it was”, Crawford said.   

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“I hear the comments,” said KGBX Morning Host Liz Delany. “You know, 'She’s a little crazy.  Oop, don’t make her mad, she’s on medication.' Or, 'Sometimes she’s a little imbalanced, she might be having one of those days.'   I guess if I was a 'normal' person, if you will, I might say something like that,” Delany said.  

Michele Skalicky

Commercial Club of Springfield has met its $50,000 fundraising goal to support efforts to rehabilitate the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on historic C-Street.  The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Fund was established last year at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The 116-year-old footbridge was closed March 1, 2016 after Springfield Public Works inspectors found corrosion and steel loss in the north support column, according to the City of Springfield. 

Exceptional Warriors

“PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, that’s basically the wound of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The signature wound, if you will, is the TBI," said Anthony Norris, a graduate of Nixa High School.

On this edition of "Let’s Talk About It! Normalizing Mental Health Conversations," from the ongoing KSMU series Making a Difference, we hear about the mental health journey Norris finds himself on.

In 2006 during his senior year at Drury University, Norris chose to delay graduation and pharmacy school, to join the U.S. Army. 

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The Springfield Greene County Health Department, with funding support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, is leading a major mental health needs assessment in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, Cox Health, Mercy Springfield, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center. 

Courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs for Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Today’s discussion many local grant opportunities and upcoming deadlines to apply.  


January 25th-Senior Mental Health

February 15th-Coover Rural Grant

March 8th-Coover Educational Grant

March 8th- Greene County Classroom Grant

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A local effort called the Every Child Promise Initiative is trying to raise $100,000 for a permanent scholarship fund to help Springfield kids get quality pre-school. 

Part of the Every Child Promise Initiative includes a new book by Todd Parnell, who is the past president of Drury University and a retired banker.

Parnell joined us in the studio to talk about his book, “Privilege and Privation: A Love Story.”

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Not-for-profit organizations across the Ozarks and the U.S. are hoping people will support their favorite causes Tuesday, November 27, which is Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement that takes place annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is partnering with about a dozen not-for-profit organizations in the Ozarks to extend the philanthropy through the entire holiday season.