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 $7,132,726 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $9,277,112 as of June 30, 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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For the fifth annual Give Carthage Day, our agencies need your help now more than ever — give where you live!

Give online from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to support 13 agencies doing important work to improve lives in the Carthage area. Agencies can win special prizes throughout the day and will have improved chances with your support! Special thanks to sponsors Edward Jones (Darren Collier, Kristi Montague & Joe Ryder), Southwest Missouri Bank and Danny Lambeth, Revel Boutique, Schmidt CPAs and Advisors, Marsh Family Foundation, Leggett & Platt, Col. 3:17 Fund and the CFO.

Carthage Community Foundation presents grants to assist nonprofits amid COVID-19 challenges

During a presentation via Zoom on Friday, April 24, 2020, Carthage Community Foundation Coordinator Heather Collier and Board President Danny Lambeth presented $39,830 in grant funding to 7 area organizations supporting the Carthage community and its citizens.

“As the COVID-19 situation ramped up with stay at home orders, closures and event cancellations, we were about to begin our spring community grantmaking round,” Lambeth said. “Our CCF Board of Directors quickly expanded normal parameters for applications, allowing nonprofits to request assistance to respond to and/or recover from challenges due to COVID-19. We really wanted organizations serving the Carthage community to be able to ask for what they needed most in these unprecedented times.”

During the online presentation, Vivian Leon Fund grants totaling $7,372 were also presented to 3 performing arts organizations serving and enhancing the area.

Community Grants

  • Area Agency on Aging Region X: $4,345 to purchase an additional freezer for the Carthage Can Do Senior Center to provide new frozen meal delivery
  • Children’s Haven of SWMO: $8,985 to assist with additional expenses to provide care to children
  • Fair Acres Family YMCA: $10,000 to assist with feeding program & childcare for essential workers
  • Art Feeds: $3,000 to provide emergency art kits for children & operational support
  • Carthage Public Library: $5,000 to provide emergency wage funding
  • Carthage Historic Preservation: $5,000 to assist with tour & event losses
  • ArtCentral: $3,500 to provide short-term funding for salary & expenses

Vivian Leon Fund Grants

  • ProMusica: $4,000 for The Schumann Quartet Performance in April 2021
  • Heartland Opera Theatre: $1,686 for A Night at the Opera in November 2020
  • Stone’s Throw Theatre: $1,686 for Summer Theatre Camp for Children

CCF 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. Community grants 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:

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

Since its founding in 1999, CCF has provided more than $7.1 million in grants and distributions back to the Carthage community.

Carthage Legacy Society

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  • Kevin and Sandi Checket
  • Amy and Chad Cole
  • Darren and Heather Collier
  • Robert and Rebecca* Copeland
  • Pat and Judy Goff
  • 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



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

ROHI Carthage 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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