Posted in Grants, News | December 3rd, 2013
On this Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is proud to recognize the 14 Springfield-Greene County agencies that will have the opportunity to double their money as part of the 2013 Community Response Challenge Grant Program. The CFO will offer matching grants to 14 Springfield-area nonprofit agencies if they can raise equivalent funds by Feb. 3, 2014.
For the second consecutive year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, nonprofits across the United States are urging donors and holiday shoppers to consider a gift for their favorite nonprofit, church, or educational institution as part of Giving Tuesday. It’s become a bit of a phenomenon: You can find info at givingtuesday.org, or find a wealth of information by searching social media with the hashtag “#givingtuesday.
If you’re interested in local organizations, you can take a look at our categorized list of agencies, or go to CauseMomentum.org and help the Springfield Art Museum secure a prized work by George Caleb Bingham for its collection.
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Posted in rural schools | November 26th, 2013
Earlier this year, the Placeworks Art Initiative added a bona fide local musician to their ranks of teaching artists. Philip Dickey, drummer and songwriter for the local band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, has traveled the world with the group, which were recently named as cultural ambassadors to Russia by the U.S State Department. Phil, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University has taught songwriting camps for elementary and middle school students, bring real-word musical experience into Ozarks classrooms when he makes a Placeworks visit.
In October, the mission took him to the classroom of Willard South Elementary music teacher Michelle Christensen. The mission: Write, perform and shoot a video for an original song for each of the school’s four first-grade classes during their music class visits. Dickey edited the videos and presented them to the classes earlier this month.
Each class–working from the same basic music–had their own video, and the results are hysterically cute from start to finish. Along the way they learned the basics of music and songwriting, and brainstormed and decided as a group on lyrics and themes.
Enjoy the Willard South Elementary first graders:
and… “Toilet Tag”
Placeworks projects combine learning with other aspects of a classroom’s curriculum. The teaching artists work with teachers to design a program that fits their students’ needs. The program is free, requiring only time and space, and a forum for displaying student work, to make it happen. Applications for the 2014-15 school year will be available next spring.
Posted in Donors, Grants, News | November 22nd, 2013
The Greene County Senior Services Fund Board, which partners with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, is now accepting applications for projects that will improve the well-being of senior citizens in Greene County.
This grant cycle will offer up to $80,000. It represents the third year of collaboration between the Senior Services Fund Board, which administers the public tax funds, and the CFO’s private donor funds designated for senior issues. Both organizations share a mutual goal of improving health, nutrition and quality of life for Greene County residents ages 60 and above.
Information on how to apply for the grant is available at this link: http://www.greenecountymo.org/senior_fund/application.php.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
The members of the Seniors Services Fund Board, which will review the proposals, include: Krissy Sinor, Chair; Denny Pilant, Vice-Chair; Ed Smith, Treasurer; Joyce Munden, Secretary; Mary Fry, and Chuck Marinec.
The Greene County Senior Services Fund Board was created after county voters in 2005 approved a levy of $0.05 per $100 of assessed valuation to provide services to residents aged 60 and over.