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 $9,774,143 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $12.1 million as of June 30, 2021.

Our Leadership

Our foundation is led by members of the community.

  • Stephanie Howard, President
  • John Nicholas, Vice President
  • Delores Honey, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jessica Andrews Adams
  • Amy Cole
  • Andrew Jordan
  • Danny Lambeth
  • Kate Lasley
  • Kristi Montague
  • Jay Thompson
  • Bren Flanigan
  • Susan Coy
  • Bill Putnam Jr., Advisory Board Member
  • Jeff Williams, Advisory Board Member
  • Chanti Beckham, Foundation Coordinator

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Carthage Community Foundation shares $20,000 grant for COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Oct. 20, 2021 — Because of their efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in Jasper County, the Carthage Community Foundation, the Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Sarcoxie Community Foundation have won a $20,000 challenge grant through the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative. From July 26 to Sept. 20, the percentage of Jasper County residents ages 12 and up to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine increased by 8.7%.

Regional affiliate foundations of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks opted in on behalf of a single county to participate in the program. The CFO tracked data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for each county to determine the winners.

With the highest overall increase in vaccination rates, Jasper County CFO affiliates — Carthage Community Foundation, Joplin Regional Community Foundation, and the Sarcoxie Community Foundation — won the overall grant prize. In Carthage, the CCF largely used its Facebook page to spread word about vaccination opportunities in their community. CCF board members and staff also shared opportunities on their personal Facebook accounts, if they had one. Additionally, CCF board members promoted those vaccination opportunities at various local meetings, including the nonprofit network GRO Carthage and through other boards they each volunteer to serve. During the grant challenge’s eight-week period, Joplin was the first city in the state to cross the 50% fully vaccinated threshold.

The prize is an unrestricted grant, which the CCF, the JRCF and the SCF can use for their own community grantmaking. The CFO announced the winners of the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative during its annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference on Oct. 7.

The Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative was supported by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company. The CFO and the Coover Charitable Foundation have partnered since 2002 to award more than $7 million through grantmaking programs, particularly targeted to rural Missouri. The Coover Charitable Foundation is also a key contributor to the CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

“Congratulations to the Carthage Community Foundation, the Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Sarcoxie Community Foundation, and the great communities that they represent,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust. “We applaud the leadership of the foundation board members to make their communities safer and take steps towards putting this pandemic behind us.”

The Cassville Community Foundation, Monett Area Community Foundation, Marshfield Area Community Foundation, Jacks Fork Community Foundation, and Community Foundation of the Hermann Area also received challenge grants through the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative for their efforts in their local communities. The program featured a total of $60,000 in challenge grants for winning affiliates.

Carthage Legacy Society

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  • 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



Darren and Heather Collier Family Fund

Wright-Powers-Winchester Family Scholarship Fund

Peggy Ralston Fund

Boots Court Foundation Fund

Ross Family Scholarship Fund

Ruth I. Kolpin Family Donor-Advised Fund

Joe Lyon and Mariann Morgan Fund

Eckels Charitable Trust

Jim and Delores Honey Family Fund

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

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 Field of Interest 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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