The Jolie-Pitt Foundation today made a contribution of $500,000 to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The donation, benefitting the Joplin Recovery Fund, will support mid- and long-term rebuilding efforts in the tornado-ravaged city.
“Rebuilding after a disaster is a long process,” said Brian Fogle, President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. “As our neighbors in Joplin begin to deal with the devastation, this donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation gives them the hope and confidence they will need to rebuild their lives, homes and community.”
“With the devastating loss of thirty percent of the city, the Joplin community faces great challenges ahead. Having spent much of my childhood there, I know these people to be hardworking, humble and especially resilient,” said Brad Pitt.
“The locally based Community Foundation of the Ozarks will be working shoulder to shoulder with these Joplin residents for the long haul as they rebuild their lives. We, too, hope to further help with these rebuilding efforts,” Pitt said.
Angelina Jolie added: “Last year 42 million people worldwide were displaced by natural disasters. So often these disasters seem far away, but now the need is for thousands of people displaced right here at home. Our hearts go out to the families in Joplin who have lost so much.”
The tornado, which swept through Joplin, Missouri, on the evening of Sunday, May 22, brought winds exceeding 200 mph, destroying more than 8,000 homes and 400 businesses.The death toll of 151 as of today, including several victims who have died as a result of injuries sustained in the storm, now marks the Joplin tornado as the 7th deadliest in U.S. history.
In addition to assisting with shorter-term needs through a first-response fund, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, with its Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., opened the Joplin Recovery Fund to focus on mid- to long-term redevelopment efforts. One hundred percent of donations to the Recovery Fund will support non-profits working on the civic, economic, human services and educational needs created by the disaster.
With the generous donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the Joplin Recovery Fund will surpass $1 million in donations to the CFO and regional community foundations in Tulsa, Kansas City, Southeast Kansas, and Oklahoma City collaborating to provide philanthropic support to the rebuilding effort.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks was founded in 1973 and has since grown to include 43 affiliate community foundations. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Missouri Ozarks region through resource development, community grant making, collaboration, and public leadership.
Donations to the Joplin Recovery Fund can be made online at: www.cfozarks.org/donate or by check to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801. Please note “Joplin Recovery Fund” in the fund/program box online or on your check.