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Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the Ozark Foothills region.

Our Mission

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

Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation is the charitable partner of the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, serving Butler, Carter, Reynolds, Ripley and Wayne counties.

Since our founding on Nov. 28, 2011, Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation has distributed more than $739,273 back to the community. We now hold assets totaling $1,865,782 as of June 30, 2022.

Our Leadership

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Russell French, President

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

Russell French, President
Scott Dill, Secretary
Dr. Jim Jones
Alan Lutes
Marie Obourn
Rebeca Pacheo
Felicity Ray
Susan Skaggs
Ted Thompson
Lydia Keller, Coordinator

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Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation awards Coover Regional Recovery Grants

May 5, 2021 — The Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation has awarded total grants of $10,000 to four 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 Ozark Foothills 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 Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation awarded its Coover Regional Recovery Grants to:

  • Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri: $2,500 for operational support
  • Clearwater R-1 School Foundation: $2,500 to support the “COVID Catch-up” tutoring program
  • Haven House Inc.: $2,500 to support the Direct Services Data Sharing System
  • Naylor Nutrition Center: $2,500 for operational support

“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.”

Ozark Foothills Legacy Society

  • Janet Brown
  • Russell French
  • Rev. Annette Joseph
  • Marie Obourn
  • Felicity Ray
  • Susan Skaggs
  • Matthew Winters


Auxiliary of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Scholarship Fund

Naylor Community Fund, Inc.

The Timothy Foundation Fund

Blue Door Fund

Naylor Community Fund

Naylor Community Restoration Fund

Friends of the Carter County Courthouse Fund

Share at Storks Landing Fund

Mary Lynn Wolpers Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kay Jewell United Cancer Assistance Network Endowment Fund

Van Buren Area and Carter County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

UCAN Capacity Fund

Van Buren R-1 School District Disaster Recovery Fund

Whole Kids Outreach Fund

Dr. Michael D. Laseter Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission Endowment Fund

Friends of the Poplar Bluff Public Library Fund

Ellington Area and Reynolds County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

Kiwanis Bacon Memorial Park Fund

Ozark Foothills Regional Development Fund

Haven House Endowment Fund

Doniphan Area and Ripley County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

Aloyce and James Barnhill Scholarship Fund

Foothill Families Fund

Greenville R-II School Foundation Fund

Ripley County Chamber of Commerce Fund

AWA Shelter Fund

Poplar Bluff Area & Butler County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

Margie J. Miller Endowment Fund

Auxiliary of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Endowment Fund

Big Springs Resource Conservation and Development Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Poplar Bluff Inc. Capacity Building Fund

Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation Capacity Building Fund

Ripley County Community Partnership Fund

Clearwater Piedmont Alumni Association Fund

Cape Arrowhead Endowment Fund

Butler County Community Resource Council Capacity Building Fund

Clearwater R-1 School Foundation Fund

Cape Arrowhead Inc. Fund

Butler County Council on Aging Fund

Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation Capacity Building Fund

The Ripley Butler Clay Fund (Butler)

Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation Endowment Fund

Rolla and Ruth (Melton) Harrison Memorial Fund

Butler County Historical Society Fund

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