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 $51 million 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 our community.

  • Chuck Brown, President
  • Jane Cage, Vice President
  • Kevin Greim, Secretary
  • Keenan Cortez
  • Chris Dumm
  • Gary Duncan
  • Tom Fran
  • Kevin Greim
  • Sandie Morgan
  • Louise Secker
  • Logan Stanley
  • Scott Vorhees
  • Bryan Vowels
  • Terry Wachter
  • Roger Wrestler
  • Pete Ramsour, Foundation Manager

JRCF establishes Answering the Call Fund to support children of fallen or injured officers

March 17, 2022 — The Joplin Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Answering the Call Fund. This new charitable fund will support children of public safety officers in Jasper and Newton Counties who are killed or injured in the line of duty.

The grant selection committee will consist of:

  • Matt Stewart, executive director of the Children’s Center and former Joplin Police Department chief;
  • Rep. Lane Roberts, state representative for the 161st District and former JPD chief;
  • Tracy Nielson-Healey, wife of fallen JPD Officer Tim Nielson;
  • Scott Vorhees, JRCF board member; and
  • Tom Franz, JRCF board member.

The JRCF is now accepting gifts to the Answering the Call Fund. Secure online donations can be made at Gifts by check should be made payable to the JRCF with “Answering the Call” noted in the memo line and mailed to: JRCF, P.O. Box 471, Joplin, MO, 64802.

For any questions or to discuss other charitable giving opportunities, please contact Pete Ramsour, JRCF foundation manager, at 417-439-7328 or

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

February 15, 2022 — Grant applications for a total of $150,000 are now being accepted by the Joplin Regional Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Society, 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 $50,000 grants to address three priorities in Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction:

  • Barriers to Work and Prosperity
  • Housing
  • Community Health

The grants will provide seed funding to 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 from organizations that can communicate a vision and long-term plan on how they 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., Monday, April 4. Organizations with 501(c)3 or similar nonprofit status, such as civic, educational or faith-based groups, may apply. Finalists will be notified and given instructions on the next phase of the program by Tuesday, April 19. Recipients will be announced in late May. To begin the application process, go to

The Philanthropic Society was formed by the JRCF in 2018 to respond to emerging community needs by making a significant charitable impact. The group is comprised of members who donate at least $2,000 in annual dues to the JRCF Philanthropic Society Fund. Over the past three years, the Philanthropic Society has awarded more than $373,000 to nonprofits serving Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction.

“The Philanthropic Society looks favorably on grant requests that lay out a plan to find innovative and collaborative solutions that address these issues within Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction,” said Pete Ramsour, foundation manager for the JRCF.

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


Phil LAUNCH Fund

Webb City High Shool LAUNCH Fund

Carl Junction High School LAUNCH Fund

Joplin High School LAUNCH Fund

Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri Fund

SHINE Joplin Fund

John and Renee Motazedi Family Fund

Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci Charitable Fund

Dennis Family Charitable Fund

Southwest Missouri Young Life Fund

Morgan Family Charitable Fund

Sue Day Life Changer Endowment Fund

Morgan Joplin Humane Society Endowment

SHINE Joplin

Fostering Hope Capital Campaign

Fostering Hope Endowment Fund

Gene and Laurie Delano Charitable Fund

FPC Joplin Capital Campaign Fund

The Alliance Endowment Fund

William A. Sorrick Family Fund

FPC Joplin Fund

Children's Focus Fund

Davidson Family Fund

Mark and Tatiana Graham Family Charitable Fund

Jose and Leah De Hoyos Charitable Fund

Cowger Family Scholarship Fund


Lafayette House Capacity Fund

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

Building Bridges 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

EastTown 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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