Janet Dankert

Community Foundation Of The Ozarks

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.

Organizations Grateful for Give Ozarks Donations

May 4, 2016

Non-profit organizations say they’re blown away by the support garnered during the daylong fundraiser Give Ozarks on Tuesday. Now, it’s time to put that money to good use.

“We were just really overwhelmed by all the people that decided to give to us,” said Christine Temple, communications coordinator with Ozarks Food Harvest.

Over 250 donors contributed Tuesday to the organization’s mission of feeding kids. All of these donations will go to OFH’s Weekend Backpack program.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says the lack of crises shelter facilities in the city is at a critical state, announcing Wednesday the formation of a task force to boost the short-term assistance options for families.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering consists of 13 community members, who are tasked with bringing back recommendations within 60 days of its first meeting.

Stephens says the city has 48 units available for direct placement into emergency or transitional shelter for families with children.


Ilga Vise talks with Janet Dankert, executive director of Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The CPO's mission is "to facilitate and promote resilient children, healthy families and strong neighborhoods and communities through collaboration, programming and resource development."

The organization was established in 1998 as a result of combining two other groups:  Ozarks Fighting Back and the Community Task Force.  It offers a variety of programs and services in 21 counties.

Dankert says they served more than 96,000 people last year with the help of volunteers.