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 million to support the region. We now hold assets totaling $3.8 million as of June 30, 2021.

Our Leadership

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Vicki Lange, Chair

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

Vicki Lange, Chair (Osage County)
Greg Harris, Vice Chair
Randy Becht (Pulaski County)
Gary Brown (Dent County)
Cindy Merx (Washington County)
Jared Niederer (Gasconade County)
Wendy Young (Phelps County)

At-Large Members:
Ray Walden
Steve Vogt
Bonnie Prigge, MRPC Executive Director
Maria Bancroft, Foundation Coordinator

Mrcf The Rolla Mission Mrcf Tri County Independent Living Center Mrcf Owensville Senior Center Mrcf Hope Alliance Mrcf Crocker Presbyterian Church

Meramec Regional Community Foundation awards Coover Regional Recovery Grants

Mary 24, 2021 — The Meramec Regional Community Foundation has awarded total grants of $10,000 to five nonprofit agencies for recovery needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants are made possible by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The Meramec Regional Community Foundation is one of 30 CFO affiliate foundations to receive Coover grant funding this year and chose to use its award to hold a community recovery grant round for eligible nonprofits.

The Meramec Regional Community Foundation awarded its Coover Regional Recovery Grants to:

  • Crocker Presbyterian Church: $2,500 to support its Community Care program
  • Hope Alliance of Missouri: $2,500 to support its Abundant Blessings program
  • Owensville Senior Center: $1,000 for operational support
  • The Rolla Mission: $1,500 to help homeless individuals isolate while contagious with COVID-19
  • Tri-County Center for Independent Living: $2,500 to support its Consumer Assistance program

“One of the benefits of the CFO’s affiliate network is the ability of local leaders to make decisions in the best interests of their own communities,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust. “Using leaders across rural Missouri to award Coover Charitable Foundation grant dollars has contributed to this partnership’s success in distributing more than $7 million since 2002.”

Meramec Regional Legacy Society

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



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

Our Nonprofit Partners

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