Joplin Regional Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the Joplin region.

Our Mission

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Joplin Regional Community Foundation serves Joplin, Carl Junction and Webb City. Our mission: To build and lead a better community through collaboration and charitable giving.

Since our founding on Dec. 16, 2006, we have distributed more nearly $45 million in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $11,788,886 as of June 30, 2020.

Our Leadership

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Gary Duncan, President

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

Gary Duncan, President
Jane Cage, Vice President
Sandie Morgan, Secretary
Chuck Brown
Chris Dumm
Nancy Good
Mike Gray
Fred Osborn
Susan Satterlee
Eric Secker
Logan Stanley
Matt Stovern
Bryan Vowels
Terry Wachter

Pete Ramsour, Foundation Coordinator

The Philanthropic Society’s 2020 grantmaking priorities: Safety, Wellness and Readiness

The Philanthropic Society will present a total of $125,000 in grants to three areas of focus: Safe Joplin, Well Joplin and Ready Joplin. Information on each area is listed here.

Applications will be accepted online March 2–May 31. Grants will be awarded during an event on May 20.

The Philanthropic Society was formed by JRCF in 2018 to respond to emerging community needs by making a significant charitable impact. The group is comprised of members who donated at least $2,000 in annual dues to the JRCF Philanthropic Society Fund. Last year, the group made its first grants totaling $100,000 to Jasper County CASA and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for projects addressing children’s health and child abuse reduction.

Safe Joplin: $50,000 will be granted to a project focusing on the following issues:

  • Provide support to parents and caregivers
  • Promote engagement and education campaigns
  • Provide education and support to victims of domestic violence
  • Engage neighborhoods to prevent crime
  • Advocate for safety policies and funding
  • Decrease child abuse and neglect
  • Decrease intimate partner violence
  • Decrease neighborhood crime
  • Work to adopt policies promoting safety

Well Joplin: $50,000 will be granted to a project focusing on the following issues:

  • Promote social support networks for physical activity
  • Conduct town halls and listening sessions for mental health
  • Develop tools and educational resources for mental health and substance abuse
  • Advocate for health/mental health and wellness policies
  • Decrease obesity rates
  • Increase physical activity
  • Decrease poor mental health days
  • Increase in policies in support of persons who need substance abuse assistance
  • Decrease substance abuse
  • Work to adopt policies pertaining to good health

Ready Joplin: $25,000 will be granted to a project focusing on the following issues:

  • Promote early childhood education and quality childcare
  • Promote parental engagement
  • Support community-wide reading
  • Support mentoring and job shadowing
  • Advocate for early childcare and parental policies
  • Advocate for job readiness programs and policies
  • Increase kindergarten readiness
  • Increase educational attainment
  • Increase work readiness skills
  • Increase capacity to help self and others
  • Increase economic self-sufficiency
  • Work to adopt policies regarding early childhood and job readiness

Click here to begin the application process.

Joplin Regional Legacy Society

  • Jane Cage
  • Michelle Ducre
  • John and Nancy Good
  • Lisa Knutzen
  • Steve Lawver (Carl Junction Community Center)
  • Ann Leach
  • Sandra J. and Henry G. Morgan
  • Pete Ramsour
  • Marty & Lori Smith


Joplin, MO Police Department - JPD Designated Fund

Cornell Complex Campaign Fund

Sandie Morgan Bequest Fund

Cloyd Carlin Charitable Fund

Building Bridges Joplin Endowment Fund

Vowels Family Fund

Joplin, MO Police Department K-9 Unit Designated Fund

ASCENT Recovery Fund

Endangered Properties Program Fund

Jane Cage Bequest Fund

Russ and Suzy Alcorn Charitable Fund

Joplin Youth Council Fund

BGCSWMO Growing Great Futures Endowment Fund

Joplin Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action Cash Fund

Community Clinic Women and Children’s Health Fund

Solace House Endowment Fund

Creative Learning Alliance Fund

Community Clinic Women and Children’s Health Fund

Graham Family Fund

LovinGrace Endowment Fund

Jasper County CASA Endowment Fund

MSSU Scholarship Fund

Great Futures Endowment Fund

LovinGrace Fund

Joplin NALA Endowment Fund

Joplin Globe’s Human Fund

Flanagan Foundation Fund

LifeChoices Endowment Fund

Joplin Workshops Inc. Fund

Will Norton Memorial Scholarship Fund

M and V Gray Family Fund

The Morgan Fund

Joplin Family YMCA Fund

P and T Foundation

Friends of Joplin High School Fund

Long Game Fund

Joplin Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action Fund

Empire Market Fund

College Heights Christian School Endowment Fund

Lovely Ladies Legacy Fund

The Duane and Edith Lawellin Legacy Fund of Southwest Missouri

Cheri Patrice Young Dawson Endowed Scholarship Fund

Connect2Culture Cornell CLUT Fund

Morgan NALA Fund

Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance Fund

Gary and Suzy Duncan Fund


Morgan Family Scholarship Fund

Jasper County CASA Fund

Empire District Employee Assistance Fund


Big Brothers Big Sisters (Jasper/Newton County) Fund

Ike’s Family and Community Fund

EaglePicher Employee Benevolence Fund

Carl Junction Educational Foundation Fund

Bright Futures Joplin Fund

Browne Family Foundation

1772 Fund

Kelly Jo Brookshire One Love Fund

Sharon and Lance Beshore Spiva Center for the Arts Fund

Leland Browne Life Insurance Fund

Bright Futures Carl Junction Endowment Fund

Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri Capacity Fund

Bright Futures Joplin Snack Pack Fund

Community Clinic of SWMO Endowment Fund

Sharon and Lance Beshore Connect2Culture Fund

Community Support Services of Missouri Endowment Fund

Boys & Girls Club of SWMO Fund

Joplin Regional Community Foundation Capacity Fund

Jerry and Sharon Berkstresser Fund

Connect2Culture Capital Fund

Ducre Family Lagniappe Fund

Community Support Services of Missouri Fund

Aspire of SWMO Endowment Fund

Connect2Culture Operations Fund

Aspire Scholarship Program Fund

JRMSA - Dental School Fund

Leon and Sue Billingsly Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jasper Products - Stremicks Heritage Foods Employee Benefit Fund

Hope Park-Dreams District Fund

Joplin Humane Society Endowment Fund

Joplin Humane Society Fund

JRCF Philanthropic Society Fund

Hope is Here Fund

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity Fund

Jeany and Tom Franz Charitable Fund

Realtors’ Benevolence Fund

Humphreys Legacy Fund

Jumpstart Kids Fund

Joplin R-VIII School Foundation Fund

Koelkebeck Family Fund

Joplin South Middle School Youth Empowerment Fund

Crosslines- Joplin Hunger Challenge Fund

Brooke H. Russell Memorial Fund

PREP Joplin Fund

Philippians 4:19 Fund

Pro Musica Capacity Fund

Redings Mill Volunteer Fire Protection Endowment Fund

Satterlee Family Charitable Fund

Steve and Susan Satterlee Fund for Joplin Schools Foundation Grants of Education Excellence

Solace House of the Ozarks Fund

Connect2Culture Endowment Fund

Saint Paul United Methodist Church Endowment Fund

Tri State Motor Transit Co. Employees Benevolence Fund

TSACA Continuing Education Fund

TSACA Reserve Fund

Wildcat Glades Friends Group Fund

Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center Fund

Troy and Susan Hill Fund

Watered Gardens Capacity Fund

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