Aurora Area Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving communities in Aurora and Lawrence County.

Our Mission

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The mission of the Aurora Area Community Foundation is to establish endowments that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by reinvesting in the community.

The foundation seeks to service the area by building charitable assets and meeting local needs through leadership and collaboration. Since our founding on Sept. 11, 2006, Aurora Area Community Foundation has distributed more than $1,397,393 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $4,122,410 as of June 30, 2020.



Our Leadership

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

Michael Thach, President
John Paul Lee, Vice President
Leanne Cope, Secretary
James Ferguson, Treasurer
Jack Muench
Scott Pettit
Melvey Hillhouse
Joseph Woodcock
Debbie Stanley

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Aurora Area Community Foundation awards Coover Regional Recovery Grants

April 23, 2021 — The Aurora 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 Aurora 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 Aurora Area Community Foundation awarded its Coover Regional Recovery Grants to:

  • Aurora R-VIII School District: $2,400 to support the "Grow, Learn and Play Safe" program at Pate Early Childhood Center; and $1,000 to support the "Digging Deep with Decodables" project
  • Children's Smile Center: $2,600 to purchase gloves for Aurora clinic staff
  • First Presbyterian Church: $2,000 to support the FPC Deacon's Utility Relief Fund
  • Harvest Food Pantry: $1,000 for operational support
  • SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging: $1,000 to replace the freezer at Heritage Harmony House

“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.”

Aurora Area Legacy Society

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  • Jack and Cyndy Muench
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