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

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

Chuck Brown, President
Jane Cage, Vice President
Sandie Morgan, Secretary
Keenan Cortez
Chris Dumm
Gary Duncan
Tom Franz
Kevin Greim
Susan Satterlee
Logan Stanley
Scott Vorhees
Bryan Vowels
Terry Wachter
Roger Wrestler

Pete Ramsour, Foundation Coordinator

The Philanthropic Society awards $125,000 for projects targeting safety, wellness and readiness

Sept. 25, 2020 — The Philanthropic Society of the Joplin Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce grants totaling $125,000 to four local agencies.

For this year’s grantmaking, the Philanthropic Society defined safety, wellness and readiness as its priorities. Chosen from 18 applicants, the grants are awarded to:

  • ASCENT Recovery Residence: $50,000 for the Recovery Outreach Community Center Launch program, which will expand its Moral Recognition Training, add 30 hours per week of peer support and create a family training program. This grant will make MRT available to those seeking services but are ineligible for treatment court.
  • Family Self Help Center dba Lafayette House: $41,650 for the Dating Matters Community Education Program to address domestic violence in the area. Lafayette House serves nearly 600 domestic and sexual violence victims each year. With grant funding, Lafayette House will implement a prevention program and education campaign for students ages 11–14 to decrease a partner violence and provide education and support for victims.
  • Wildcat Glades Friends Group: $10,239 for the Wildcat Glades Village Project to outfit the Education Cottage and create an outdoor learning station. The grant will allow the purchase tables, chairs and technological improvements for the cottage.
  • Rapha International: $23,111 for the Joplin Trauma Counseling and Training Center, which targets survivors of trauma, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in the Joplin area from ages 5 through adulthood, with priority given to clients with lower income. The grant will enable Rapha International to hire a part-time counselor and invest in basic counseling center necessities.

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 donate at least $2,000 in annual dues to the JRCF Philanthropic Society Fund. Last year, the Philanthropic Society 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.

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


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

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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