Meramec Regional Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the Meramec region.

Our Mission

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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the eight-county Meramec region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.

Meramec Regional Community Foundation is the charitable partner of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.

Since our founding on June 4, 2010, Meramec Regional Community Foundation has distributed more than $1.3million to support the region. We now hold assets totaling $3,582,935 as of June 30, 2022.

Our Leadership

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Jared Niederer, Chair

Our foundation is led by citizens of our eight-county region.

  • Jared Niederer, Chair (Gasconade County)
  • Richard Cavender, Vice Chair (MRCF At-Large)
  • Randy Becht, Secretary/Treasurer (Pulaski County)
  • Gary Brown (Dent County)
  • John Craig (Crawford County)
  • Tony Hayden (Osage County)
  • Deborah Henderson (Maries County)
  • Amy Pendleton (Phelps County)
  • Vacancies: Washington County, At-Large

At-Large Members:

  • Steve Vogt
  • Bonnie Prigge, MRPC Executive Director
  • Maria Bancroft, Foundation Coordinator

Mrcf 2022

Three local nonprofits receive $500 MRCF community grants

Aug. 9, 2022 — Meramec Regional Community Foundation awarded three nonprofits with grants for community projects. Christ Church Episcopal’ s Back Door Ministry, The Community Partnership’s Capable Kids and Families program, and Council for a Healthy Dent County Project RISE each received $500. The checks were presented at MRCF’s March meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission office in St. James. This year, the MRCF board reviewed a total of 22 grant applications, requesting a total of $10,905 and representing projects in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.

Christ Church Episcopal Back Door Ministry works as an outreach program to serve the homeless in Rolla. They provide hygiene items, batteries, mending kits, warm blankets, shoes, socks, underwear and clothing. The funds will work to purchase these items to be distributed.

The Community Partnership Capable Kids and Families program is working to provide books for children with developmental disabilities and delays. The funds will work to purchase books to give to program participants during home visits.

Project RISE (Reaching Independence through Support and Education) is a community support program that replicates the Northwest Project in Springfield. The goal is to provide the necessary tools and education to help families overcome the challenges that have kept them in poverty and begin building and sustaining a thriving lifestyle outside of poverty. This program is available to qualifying residents of Dent County and the funds will be going towards the continuation of administering the program.

MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and was formed in 2010. Its 12-member board includes representation from each of the eight Meramec counties and from MRPC.

Currently, MRCF has 59 funds totaling over $3.9 million. MRPC, in addition to establishing the regional foundation and providing the initial investment to create a grant program, provides staff support to MRCF.

Meramec Regional Legacy Society

  • Shawn and Maria Bancroft
  • Richard and Jeanne Cavender
  • Lucia Flaim
  • Mike* and Virgie Mahan
  • Stephen and Joanne Zap



Phelps County Extension Fund

Phelps County Extension Cash Fund

RBDA Historic Fountain Plaza Fund

The Rolla Mission Capital Fund

Koch-Lange Family Scholarship Fund

Dalton Newton Memorial Scholarship Fund

Woessner Foundation

Carolyn Holt Education Fund

Shirley Andrews Memorial Fund

Ozark Actors Theatre Endowment Fund

Dr. Henry and Laura Antolak Charitable Fund

Dent County Disaster Relief Fund

Mae, Grace and George Bacon Scholarship Fund

Newburg Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund

Gasconade County Disaster Relief Fund

Crawford County Disaster Relief Fund


Groves Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Community Partnership Fund

Belle Lions Club Memorial Scholarship in memory of David R. Sassmann Fund

Phelps County Senior Center Fund

Meramec Regional Community Foundation Capacity Building Fund

Caledonia Alumni Fund

The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center Fund

Osage County Disaster Relief Fund

Meramec Regional Community Foundation Community Grantmaking Fund

Cole-Mahan Scholarship Fund

Jean Henry Fund

Party/Butler Family Scholarship Fund

Ted and Edna Leffler Scholarship Fund

The Claude and Irene Morgan Scholarship Fund

Meramec Regional Planning Commission Capacity Fund

CASA of South Central Missouri Capacity Fund

Maries County R-II Archery Club Scholarship Fund

Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service

Maries County R-2 Project Graduation Fund

Casa Endowment Fund

Maries County Disaster Relief Fund

Linda Clift Memorial Fund

Maries County R-II School Foundation Community Scholarship Fund

Hope Alliance Fund

Maries County R-2 PTO Scholarship Fund

Kaeding-Winter Scholarship Fund

Rolla Area Animal Shelter Building Fund (S.A.V.E.)

Rolla Nutrition Site Fund

The Ruth and Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund 2

Phelps County Disaster Relief Fund

The Ruth and Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund

Pulaski County Disaster Relief Fund

Rolla Area Animal Shelter Endowment Fund (S.A.V.E.)

Phelps County PHA Capacity Building Fund

Schierloh Family Fund for Maries County R-II Schools

Route 66 Neon Park Development Fund

Schierloh Family Fund for State Technical College of Missouri

Alan D. and Yvonne L. Skouby Scholarship Fund

Washington County Disaster Relief Fund

Washington County Partnership Fund

Vichy Fire Department Fund

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