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Joplin Regional Community Foundation

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 than $59 million in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $11,153,207 as of June 30, 2023.

Our Leadership

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

  • Logan Stanley, President
  • Louise Secker, Vice President
  • Kevin Greim, Secretary
  • Ellen Carter
  • Jeremy Drinkwitz
  • Chris Dumm
  • Nancy Good
  • Lori Jones
  • Debi Koelkebeck
  • Priscilla McKinney
  • Sarah Mwangi
  • Erin Turner
  • Scott Vorhees
  • Roger Wrestler
  • Pete Ramsour, Foundation Manager

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Leading Locally

Joplin Regional Community Foundation serves local needs

The JRCF has distributed $59 million back to the community since its inception in 2006

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Philanthropic Society opens application period for $150,000 in high-impact grants

February 14, 2024

The Joplin Regional Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Society is now accepting applications for grants totaling $150,000. The Philanthropy Society is a group of community members with a mission to provide high-impact grants to address red-flag issues.

For this year’s grantmaking, the Philanthropic Society will award up to $50,000 to nonprofits addressing the following high-priority needs in the Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction region:

  • Barriers to Work and Prosperity
  • Child Welfare/Education
  • Housing Affordability and Homelessness

Details for each category can be found on the grant application.

The grants will support organizations that can build out current programs or create new services that improve the status of the three categories. The selection committee will prioritize proposals that communicate a vision and long-term plan on how the organization will address the identified problems and demonstrate collaboration with other community agencies willing to partner in the effort to improve community wellbeing.

The deadline for applications is 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Organizations with 501(c)3 or similar nonprofit status, such as civic, educational or faith-based groups, may apply.

After the deadline, the committee will review the applications and select two finalists in each category. Those finalists will prepare a short video explaining their grant request. Recipients will be announced at the Philanthropic Society’s annual grant luncheon on May 14 at the Missouri State Southern University’s North End Zone facility.

Go here to begin the application process. Please contact Tom Wells at or 417-850-4700 with questions about the grant program. Please contact Emily Brittain at or 417-864-6199 for technical questions about the application process.

JRCF invites Philanthropic Achievement Award nomination

The Joplin Regional Community Foundation is inviting residents of Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction to submit nominations for its second annual Philanthropic Achievement Award.

The award is intended to recognize outstanding and sustained charitable achievement by an individual, organization or business to benefit any of the three communities.

The person or entity selected for the award will receive a $2,500 donation to the 501(c)3 organization of their choice. A committee of the JRCF and selected community members will select the winner. The award will be presented at “A Celebration of Philanthropy” dinner at Missouri Southern State University on April 4.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 1. Nominations can be made online here. Nominations also may be submitted by email to JRCF Manager Pete Ramsour at; or by mail to Joplin Regional Community Foundation, PO Box 471, Joplin, MO 64802. A PDF version of the application to use as a guide for email or mailed nominations is available here.

Considerations for the nominations can include:

  • Leadership-level giving that has furthered the mission of one or more nonprofit organizations in the Joplin/Webb City/Carl Junction region and benefitted the populations served by those organizations.
  • Encouragement and motivation of others to make precedent-setting gifts and assume volunteer fundraising leadership roles.
  • Demonstration of innovative approaches to nonprofit or institutional advancement.

JRCF presents $25,000 in grants to 14 nonprofits

The Joplin Regional Community Foundation announced a total of $25,000 in grants to 14 nonprofits through its latest community grant round on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The grants, supported by the Duane and Edith Lawellin Legacy Fund and the Cloyd Carlin Charitable Fund, were presented during an event at the Joplin Chamber of Commerce.

The grants were distributed to the following organizations:

  • Frank Childress Reserve Properties Committee: $2,500 for dining hall restrooms.
  • Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri: $1,500 to support the Teen Safety Matters program.
  • Lafayette House: $1,500 to support the Prevention Education program.
  • Fostering Hope: $1,500 for staffing support.
  • Greater Ozarks Audubon Society: $1,500 to support the Green Leadership Academy.
  • Great Wonders Productions: $2,500 for website development.
  • Loving Grace: $1,000 for transportation assistance for residents.
  • Jasper County CASA: $1,000 to support its mission.
  • Joplin Roadrunners: $1,500 to support its electronic timing project.

  • On Angels' Wings: $500 to support therapeutic photography for patients and families.
  • Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks: $2,500 to support its financial assistance fund.
  • FosterAdopt Connect Springfield: $2,500 for soap, diapers and other hygiene items.
  • Southwest Missouri Community Alliance: $2,500 to support the Good Dads program.
  • Vita Nova Village: $2,500 to support its mission.

Following an application process, the recipients were selected by a volunteer committee of citizens in the Joplin Region. The program is open each year to 501(c)3 nonprofits and agencies with similar tax-exempt status like schools, government entities and faith-based organizations.

Gifts to the Duane and Edith Lawellin Legacy Fund for Southwest Missouri and the Cloyd Carlin Charitable Fund help increase the amount available for future rounds of the JRCF’s community grantmaking program. Secure online donations can be made for these funds here.

Philanthropic Society presents $175,000 in grants to area nonprofits

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The Philanthropic Society of the Joplin Regional Community Foundation announced the recipients of three grants totaling $175,000 through its latest high-impact grant round on Tuesday, May 23. The grants were presented during the Philanthropic Society’s annual grant luncheon at Missouri Southern State University’s North End Zone Facility.

The three recipients of these grants are:

  • Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri: $75,000 to create a program establishing providers for respite care to local foster care families, in addition to temporary care for children whose families are facing a sudden, unanticipated disruption in their childcare situation.
  • Higher Power Garage: $50,000 to address the lack of transportation impacting many local residents by repairing donated vehicles, purchasing vehicles for repair, updating shop equipment and promoting the program.
  • Joplin Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Missouri: $50,000 to support Project Learn, a summer and after-school program designed to help kids become better learners.

Following an application process, the winners were chosen from a group of six finalists by a committee made up of members of the Philanthropic Society. The program is open each year to 501(c)3 nonprofits and agencies with similar tax-exempt status like schools, government entities and faith-based organizations.

The Philanthropic Society was formed by the JRCF in 2018 to respond to emerging community needs by making a significant charitable impact. The group comprises 100 members who donate at least $2,500 in annual dues to the JRCF Philanthropic Society Fund. Over the past three years, the Philanthropic Society has awarded more than $762,000 to nonprofits serving Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction.

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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
  • Michele D. Sexton, Matthew D. Lonardo, and Deandra R. Sexton
  • Marty & Lori Smith

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