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Barton County Community Foundation

Barton County Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the communities of Lamar, Liberal and Golden City.

Our Mission

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

Since our founding on September 10, 2015, Barton County Community Foundation has distributed more than $3.8 million in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $8,684,825 as of June 30, 2023.

Our Leadership

Our foundation is led by members of the community.

  • Shelly Haag, President
  • Heidi Johnson, Vice President
  • Jacqui Nichols, Treasurer
  • Nancy Curless, Communications Secretary
  • Martin Bunton
  • Elizabeth King
  • Mary Jo Mincks
  • Lacey Peterson
  • Liz Richards
  • Fran Vaughan
  • Racheal Martin, foundation coordinator

Leading Locally

More than $3.3 million in grants to the community

Barton County Community Foundation presents a united effort to help support and propel the area’s success into the future

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Barton County Community Foundation received Affiliate of the Year award

April 27, 2023 — During the Rural Philanthropy Summit on April 25, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks selected the Barton County Community Foundation as an Affiliate of the Year. The award recognizes the BCCF’s excellence in leadership in the CFO’s 53-member affiliate network and comes with a $6,000 prize grant. BCCF President Martin Bunton accepted the award.

The BCCF was selected for the award due to its impressive growth in assets and grantmaking. It also has been active in the community with outreach to new residents and businesses, and sharing funding opportunities for local organizations.

The Ash Grove Area Community Foundation, Cape Area Community Foundation, Community Foundation of the Lake, and the Nevada/Vernon County Community Foundation were also recognized as Affiliates of the Year.

The affiliates were selected using several criteria — asset growth, new funds established, overall grantmaking and new Legacy Society members in the 2022 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022 — along with examples of community leadership, collaboration and the promotion of planned giving.

In addition to grant prizes presented in honor of affiliate leaders, affiliate foundations received a total of $23,000 to supplement their annual grantmaking to the communities they serve. The awards mark 30 years of the CFO’s Affiliate Foundation program, which began in 1993 with the establishment of the Nixa Community Foundation.

“For 30 years, our regional affiliate foundations have done so much to improve the quality of life in many communities across our wide service area,” said Alice Wingo, the CFO’s vice president of affiliates. “Our foundation leaders work hard to build long-term, sustainable resources that will benefit all sectors of a community. With exemplary foundations and leaders like the ones honored today, these 53 towns, counties and regions have bright futures ahead.”

The awards capped off the Rural Philanthropy Summit, presented by the CFO and Philanthropy Missouri at the Oasis Convention Center. The event is believed to be the first statewide gathering of philanthropists and foundations focused on the development of rural communities.

Barton County Legacy Society

  • Martin and Brenda Bunton
  • Nancy Curles
  • Bob and Judy Rice

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