Carthage Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the community of Carthage.

Our Mission

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

Since our founding on May 24, 1999, Carthage Community Foundation has distributed more than $9,568,913 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $10,407,600 as of December 31, 2020.

Our Leadership

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Jeff Williams, President

Our foundation is led by members of the community.

Jeff Williams, President
Stephanie Howard, Vice President
Delores Honey, Secretary/Treasurer
Jessica Andrews Adams
Amy Cole
Andrew Jordan
Danny Lambeth
Kate Lasley
Kristi Montague
John Nicholas
Jose Palma
Eric Putnam
Bill Putnam Jr., Advisory Board Member
Stan Schmidt, Advisory Board Member

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Foundation Coordinator

The CFO is accepting applications for the Foundation Coordinator position for Carthage Community Foundation. The Foundation Coordinator for CCF is responsible for coordinating advancement and administrative activities in alignment with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ mission, vision and values. Interested applicants should complete this application. Completed applications can be emailed to Jeff Williams, president of the CCF. Applications also can be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801.

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Carthage Community Foundation awards 16 grants to support to community

May 20, 2021 — During a luncheon presentation on Thursday, May 20, the Board of Directors of Carthage Community Foundation presented $61,125 in grant funding to 16 area organizations supporting the Carthage community and its residents.

Health & Human Services Grants

  • Children’s Haven – Transportation for Carthage Kids - $2,500
  • Carthage Crisis Center – Commercial Dishwasher - $3,725
  • Alliance of Southwest Missouri – Deerfield Village Parent Cafes - $5,000

Education & Youth Services Grants

  • Fair Acres Family YMCA - Safety Around Water Program - $2,500
  • Art Feeds – Trauma Training & Curriculum for Carthage Art Teachers & Counselors - $5,000
  • Columbian Elementary School – Outdoor Classroom - $4,000
  • Carthage Rotary – Scholarship Program - $400
  • Kellogg Lake – Exploration Play Area - $5,000

Arts, Culture, History & Community Beautification Grants

  • Vision Carthage – Sidewalk Streetscaping - $5,000
  • artCentral – Operational Assistance - $2,500
  • Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre – Operational Relief - $2,500
  • Carthage Council on the Arts – Arts Communications & Piano Scholarship Assistance - $5,000 ($2,500 of this grant for Piano Scholarship Assistance was made possible by the Vivian León Fund for the Musical Arts)

Vivian León Fund for the Musical Arts Grants

  • ProMusica – Morgenstern Piano Trio Performance - $4,000
  • The Cornell Center – Grand Piano Assistance - $4,000

Coover Regional Recovery Grants

  • Jasper County Youth Fair – Recovery for 2021 Fair - $5,000
  • Area Agency on Aging – Carthage Can Do Senior Center Recovery - $5,000

CCF President Jeff Williams explained, “It is our great honor twice each year to carry out the charitable wishes of legacy donors and meet important needs in our community through our grantmaking.”

Carthage Community Foundation works with individuals, families and organizations in the community to establish permanent endowments that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by investing in the Carthage community. Grants above are made possible by generous individuals who left portions of their estates to Carthage for the betterment of the community for years to come. The following endowments at CCF provided the grant funding for the awards:

  • Kenneth and Addean MacArthur Trust Fund
  • The Carthage Fund
  • Marsh Family Foundation Fund
  • Marsh Family Foundation Food & Nutrition Fund
  • George & Geraldine Beimdiek Memorial Fund
  • Vivian León Fund for the Musical Arts

Additionally, this year CCF was honored to make even more grant funding available thanks to a gift and match from Jerry Poston and State Farm Insurance, as well as the Coover Regional Recovery Grants Program.

The Coover Regional Recovery 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. Carthage 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.

“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.”

Carthage Community Foundation announces 2021 scholarship recipients

May 4, 2021 — During the Carthage High School Academic Awards Night on May 3, Carthage Community Foundation Board President Jeff Williams and Foundation Coordinator Heather Collier presented $24,1000 in scholarship awards to 7 deserving Carthage High School seniors.

  • Creed Lambeth: Curtis Rex Carter Applied Science Scholarship, $5,000, renewable for 3 additional years
  • Aubrie Fewin: Hands to Work Hearts to God Scholarship, $2,000
  • Kennedy Ladd & Yuliana Alberto: Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarships, $4,000 each
  • Rylee Scott: Dr. William B. McIntyre Scholarship: $600
  • Brinna Ream: Quigley Jasper Co. Christian Athlete Scholarship, $500
  • Mackenzie Hoenshell: Thelma M. Stanley for Education Scholarship, $8,000

Funding is made possible by generous donors from the Carthage community who established permanent endowed scholarship funds with CCF to support generations students with their education. The CCF Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee are honored to help carry out these donors’ wishes, continuing their legacy of giving and supporting students in our community and region.

The Dr. William B. McIntyre Scholarship Fund was newly established to honor the late Dr. McIntyre and to support a graduating high school senior from Carthage or Joplin High School. Through an online application including highlights of her extensive community and school activities, a well-written essay explaining how furthering her education would impact society and two excellent references, Rylee Scott was selected the inaugural recipient. Rylee plans to attend College of the Ozarks and major in Chemistry/Pre-Dental and hopes to return to the Joplin/Carthage area for dental school and practice.

CCF congratulates all these fine students and wishes them well in the next steps in their education.

Give Carthage Day 2021 raises $25,196

March 24, 2021 — It was another great day of giving in the community with Give Carthage Day: Rally for Recovery! Thanks to generous donors, the seven participating nonprofits that serve Carthage collectively raised $25,196 and earned our Marsh Family Foundation $750 match for Give Carthage Day! Carthage Historic Preservation and Vision Carthage won our two $500 Surprise Drawings sponsored by Marsh Family Foundation.

Our top 3 online fundraisers were:

  • 1st - Carthage Historic Preservation - $500 prize
  • 2nd - Fair Acres Family YMCA - $250 prize
  • 3rd - Carthage Area United Way - $100 prize

Top 3 prize awards proudly sponsored by CCF.

The 2021 event was part of Give Ozarks Day, presented by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Bass Pro Shops, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the region. Over the past 12 months, the nonprofit community has faced myriad challenges, from cancelled fundraising events to a spike in demand for services from people in need. Give Ozarks Day: Rally for Recovery gave 157 of the CFO’s nonprofit partners an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for operations and other projects.

After an exciting 12 hours of generosity that culminated with a mad dash to the finish line, Give Ozarks Day: Rally for Recovery posted a final “Rally Tally” of $718,728. Nearly a thousand donations were made during the final hour, the highest volume of gifts for the day, as donors raced to help their favorite nonprofits claim the last $5,000 “Luck of the Draw” hourly prize.

Participating Agencies

  • ArtCentral Carthage
  • Carthage Area United Way
  • Carthage Council on the Arts
  • Carthage Family Literacy Council
  • Carthage Historic Preservation
  • Fair Acres Family YMCA
  • Vision Carthage

Carthage Legacy Society

  • Anonymous
  • Kevin and Sandi Checkett
  • Amy and Chad Cole
  • Darren and Heather Collier
  • Robert and Rebecca* Copeland
  • Pat and Judy Goff
  • Steven and Cynthia Head
  • Jim and Delores Honey
  • Kenneth Johnson*
  • Donald and Gloria LaFerla
  • Daniel and Mary Pat Lambeth
  • Kristi Montague
  • Samuel R. Morrow Jr.*
  • Marilyn R. Nicholas*
  • Mike, Lee and Emma Pound
  • Mr. and Mrs. William C. Putnam, Jr.
  • Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison *
  • Patrick Scott
  • Dr.* and Mrs.* W. Russell Smith
  • Jane C. Trogdon
  • Jeffrey A. Williams
  • Virginia Esterly*
  • Jim and Delores Honey



Carthage Area United Way Capacity Fund

Chip and Sara Wright - CSF Fund

Dan Armstrong Legacy Foundation

GRO Carthage Fund

Steve and Cindy Head Charitable Fund

OU Club of SWMO Fund

JMD Giving Fund

Paul and Cathy Hauser Family Fund

Nellie M. and Steven C. Piper Family Foundation

Nellie M. and Steven C. Piper Foundation for Shriners Hospital

Hands to Work Hearts to God Scholarship Fund

Montague McDaniel Pay It Forward Fund

W. Robert Corley Fund for MSSU

Mark and Stephanie Williams Family and Community Fund

The Vivian Leon Fund for the Musical Arts created by the Missouri Southern International Piano Comp.

Vision Carthage Capacity Building Fund

Dr. W. Russell and Betty R. Smith Family Foundation Fund

The Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarship Fund

St. Luke’s Nursing Center Endowment Fund

St. Luke’s Nursing Center Capacity Building Fund

Thelma M. Stanley Scholarship for Education

Stone’s Throw Theater Henry Heckert Memorial Endowment Fund

Patrick and Julia Scott Family and Community Fund

SWMO Coalition Against Human Trafficking Fund

HERE4Carthage Fund

Guthrie Gilmore Fund

Colossians 3:17 Fund

Danny and Sarah Ross Family and Community Fund

The John O. Phelps and Carolyn B. Phelps Charitable Fund

Richard T. Mansfield Memorial Fund, an endowment fund for Grace Episcopal Church

Carthage Rotary Club Charitable Fund

Carthage Public Library Fund

Historic Phelps House Preservation Endowment Fund

Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Fund

Carthage Rotary Scholarship

Curtis Rex Carter Applied Science Scholarship Fund

Marlin and Jean Pinnell Annual Scholarship Fund

Freund Charitable Remainder Trust Fund

Doris and Ken Johnson Memorial Fund

Pat and Judy Goff Memorial Fund

Hall of Carthage Heroes Fund

Carthage Area United Way Legacy Fund

Episcopal Youth Group of Carthage Endowment Fund

The W. Robert Corley Family Fund

Gregg and Sheila Galbraith Donor Advised Fund

Carthage Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund

Earl and Marilyn Nicholas Charitable Fund

J. Ross and Maryetta E. White Memorial Fund

Carthage Historic Preservation Fund

The Carthage Crosslines Fund

Darren and Heather Collier Family Designated Fund

Powers Museum Fund

The Henrietta Hedge Memorial Fund

Carthage Historic Preservation Society Capacity Building Fund

Fair Acres Family YMCA Inc. Fund

George and Geraldine Beimdiek Memorial Fund

Earl and Marilyn Nicholas Endowment Fund

Carthage Crisis Center Long Term Repair and Replacement Fund

Marsh Family Foundation Food and Nutrition Fund

Darren and Heather Collier Family Fund

Leggett & Platt We Rise Fund

The W. Robert Corley Fund

Marsh Family Foundation Fund

Richard D. Campbell Family Fund

Missouri Botanical Garden Fund

City of Carthage Beautification Fund

Dorthadean Moorman Memorial Fund

Carthage Crisis Center Long Term Operations Fund

Kenneth and Addean Mac Arthur Trust Fund

Cash Moore Foundation

Jean S. Morrow and Samuel R. Morrow Jr. Memorial Fund

Carthage Arts Council Fund

McCune-Brooks Health Care Foundation Fund

Carthage Crisis Center Endowment Fund

Dr. William B. McIntyre Scholarship Fund

Carthage Community Foundation Capacity Building Fund

Amy and Chad Cole Family Fund

Carthage Library Development Foundation Endowment Fund

artCentral Capacity Fund

The Carthage Fund

Art Feeds Carthage Endowment Fund

Carthage Youth Empowerment Project Fund

Steve and Mary Jean Beimdiek Family and Community Fund

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Organization Fund

Bright Futures Carthage Fund

Betsy Pauly Memorial Fund

Jasper County 1895 Courthouse Preservation Fund

The LaFerla Family Fund

Danny and Mary Pat Lambeth Family Fund

The Hough Fund

Jasper County Courthouse Capacity Building Fund

Kellogg Lake Nature Center and Preserve Capacity Building Fund

Quigley Jasper County Christian Athlete Scholarship Fund

Glenn J. and Mary K. James Designated Fund

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