Ash Grove Area Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the community of Ash Grove.

Our Mission

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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Ash Grove area through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.

Since our founding on May 29, 2020, Ash Grove Area Community Foundation has distributed more than $187,459 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $1,1 million as of June 30, 2022.

Our Leadership

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Tyler Gunlock, President

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

Tyler Gunlock, President
Jason Whitesell, Vice President
Rachel Griffin, Secretary
Mike Roberts, Treasurer
Austin Houp
Gunnar Johanson
Ryan Squibb
Chris Thompson
Ronessa Williams

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From Left to Right: Ronessa Williams, Pat Cook, Jason Whitesell, Rachel Griffin, Tyler Gunlock, Austin Houp, Chris Thompson, Mike Roberts, Ryan Squibb

Ash Grove Area Community Foundation awards Coover Regional Recovery Grants

April 30, 2021 — The Ash Grove Area Community Foundation has awarded total grants of $10,000 to five nonprofit agencies for recovery needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants are made possible by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The Ash Grove Area Community Foundation is one of 30 CFO affiliate foundations to receive Coover grant funding this year and chose to use its award to hold a community recovery grant round for eligible nonprofits.

The Ash Grove Area Community Foundation awarded its Coover Regional Recovery Grants to:

  • Ash Grove Healthcare Facility Auxiliary: $1,000 for equipment needs
  • Ash Grove Diaper Bank: $1,000 for operational support
  • Ash Grove Sunshine Center: $3,500 for COVID-19 recovery
  • Care to Learn–Ash Grove: $3,000 for operational support
  • City of Ash Grove: $1,500 to support the GRO Ash Grove project

“One of the benefits of the CFO’s affiliate network is the ability of local leaders to make decisions in the best interests of their own communities,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust. “Using leaders across rural Missouri to award Coover Charitable Foundation grant dollars has contributed to this partnership’s success in distributing more than $7 million since 2002.”

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