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
Heather Goff Collier, Foundation Coordinator

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Carthage Community Foundation awards 16 grants to support to community

Oct. 8, 2020 — During an outdoor luncheon presentation on Thursday, October 8 in Carthage Municipal Park, the Board of Directors of Carthage Community Foundation presented $34,075 to 16 area organizations supporting the Carthage community and its citizens.

Health & Human Services Grants

  • Carthage Crisis Center – Fridge & Surveillance Equipment - $2,500
  • Innovative Industries – Employee Wellness & Fitness Project - $1,775
  • Community Clinic of SWMO - Prescription Drug Assistance for Carthage Residents - $2,500
  • Carthage Area United Way – Operations Assistance due to COVID - $500
  • Kellogg Lake Nature Preserve – Berm Bridge Project to Connect People to Nature - $2,500
  • Peterson Outdoor Ministries – Operational Assistance due to COVID - $900

Education & Youth Services Grants

  • Fair Acres Family YMCA - Safety Around Water Program - $2,500
  • Fostering Hope – Teen Support Care Packets - $2,500
  • Children’s Haven of SWMO – E-learning Support for the COVID Classroom - $2,500
  • Carthage Tech Center/Career Readiness Center - ACT Work Keys Testing - $2,500
  • Boy Scouts – Assistance to Individuals - $900

Arts, Culture, History & Community Beautification Grants

  • Vision Carthage – Downtown Mural Project - $2,500
  • Carthage Historic Preservation – Completion of The Sweet House - $2,500
  • artCentral – Operational Assistance due to COVID - $2,500
  • Stone’s Throw Theatre – Operational Assistance due to COVID - $2,500

Marsh Family Foundation Food & Nutrition Grant

  • Bright Futures Carthage - Food Pack Program for Children - $2,500

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 Carthage Community Foundation provided the grant funding for the awards:

  • The Hough Fund
  • Kenneth and Addean MacArthur Trust Fund
  • Marsh Family Foundation Fund
  • The Carthage Fund
  • Marsh Family Foundation Food & Nutrition Fund
  • Betsy Pauly Memorial Fund
  • J. Ross & Maryetta E. White Memorial Fund

Read more about CCF’s fall grantmaking in the Joplin Globe.

The 2021 spring grant round and the Leon Musical Arts grant program will open for application April 1. Learn more at

Give Carthage Day 2020 raises $70,471;
2021 event scheduled for March 24

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Carthage Community Foundation hosted its fifth Give Carthage Day. The one-day giving campaign raised $70,471 to support 14 nonprofit organizations serving the Carthage community. CCF Board President Jeff Williams explains, “CCF was pleased to provide our nonprofit agency partners with this platform to raise critical funds to support the work they do in our community.” CCF Foundation Coordinator Heather Collier added, “We are so thankful to our sponsors and the donors who gave generously to the nonprofits to help make this a great day of giving and awareness for Carthage. It was more important than ever this year due to COVID-19 challenges.”

Give Carthage Day participants included:

  • artCentral
  • Art Feeds
  • Bright Futures Carthage
  • Carthage Area United Way
  • Carthage Council on the Arts
  • Carthage Crisis Center
  • Carthage Family Literacy Council
  • Carthage Historic Preservation
  • Fair Acres Family YMCA
  • Kellogg Lake Nature Center & Preserve
  • Powers Museum
  • RISE Coalition
  • Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre
  • Vision Carthage

All participating nonprofits had the chance to earn a $500 match made possible by the Marsh Family Foundation, and all raised enough funds to receive that match. Additionally, prizes were available throughout the day to support their fundraising efforts. Those winners included:

  • Early Bird Award Sponsored by SMB & Danny Lambeth – Carthage Family Literacy Council
  • Luck of the Draw Awards Sponsored by Col. 3:17 Fund & Schmidt CPAs & Advisors – Carthage Council on the Arts & Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre
  • Lunch Rush Award Sponsored by Edward Jones-Darren Collier, Kristi Montague & Joe Ryder – Fair Acres Family YMCA
  • Home Stretch Award Sponsored by Leggett & Platt – Carthage Area United Way
  • Finale Drawing Award Sponsored by CCF – Powers Museum of Carthage
  • Spirit Award Sponsored & Chosen by Revel Boutique – Vision Carthage
  • Most Money Raised – Vision Carthage
  • Second Most Money Raised – Carthage Historic Preservation
  • Third Most Money Raised – Fair Acres Family YMCA
  • Most Donors Award – Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre

Carthage Legacy Society

  • Anonymous
  • Kevin and Sandi Checket
  • Amy and Chad Cole
  • Darren and Heather Collier
  • Robert and Rebecca* Copeland
  • Pat and Judy Goff
  • Steven and Cynthia Head
  • 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
  • Ruth I. Rubison Kolpin*
  • Patrick Scott
  • Dr.* and Mrs.* W. Russell Smith
  • Jane C. Trogdon
  • Jeffrey A. Williams



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 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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