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Sarcoxie Community Foundation

Sarcoxie Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving the Sarcoxie community.

Our Mission

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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Sarcoxie through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.

Since our founding on Sept. 7, 2011, Sarcoxie Community has distributed more than $781,388 back to the community. We now hold assets totaling $618,350 as of June 30, 2023.

Our Leadership

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

  • Judy Patrick, President
  • Gay Lynne Dawson
  • Johnny Hankins
  • Cindy Myers
  • Dr. Debra Royce
  • Nick Wenger

Leading Locally

Serving Jasper County's oldest community

Once a connection hub for flowers and fruit, the oldest town in Jasper County maintains unique sense of identity through history — such as Chief Sarcoxie Days, held annually to honor its namesake — and in creating new bonds of community.

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Sarcoxie Community Foundation shares $20,000 grant for COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Oct. 20, 2021 — Because of their efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in Jasper County, the Carthage Community Foundation, the Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Sarcoxie Community Foundation have won a $20,000 challenge grant through the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative. From July 26 to Sept. 20, the percentage of Jasper County residents ages 12 and up to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine increased by 8.7%.

Regional affiliate foundations of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks opted in on behalf of a single county to participate in the program. The CFO tracked data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for each county to determine the winners.

With the highest overall increase in vaccination rates, Jasper County CFO affiliates — Carthage Community Foundation, Joplin Regional Community Foundation, and the Sarcoxie Community Foundation — won the overall grant prize. In Carthage, the CCF largely used its Facebook page to spread word about vaccination opportunities in their community. CCF board members and staff also shared opportunities on their personal Facebook accounts, if they had one. Additionally, CCF board members promoted those vaccination opportunities at various local meetings, including the nonprofit network GRO Carthage and through other boards they each volunteer to serve. During the grant challenge’s eight-week period, Joplin was the first city in the state to cross the 50% fully vaccinated threshold.

The prize is an unrestricted grant, which the CCF, the JRCF and the SCF can use for their own community grantmaking. The CFO announced the winners of the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative during its annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference on Oct. 7.

The Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative was supported by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company. The CFO and the Coover Charitable Foundation have partnered since 2002 to award more than $7 million through grantmaking programs, particularly targeted to rural Missouri. The Coover Charitable Foundation is also a key contributor to the CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

“Congratulations to the Carthage Community Foundation, the Joplin Regional Community Foundation and the Sarcoxie Community Foundation, and the great communities that they represent,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust. “We applaud the leadership of the foundation board members to make their communities safer and take steps towards putting this pandemic behind us.”

The Cassville Community Foundation, Monett Area Community Foundation, Marshfield Area Community Foundation, Jacks Fork Community Foundation, and Community Foundation of the Hermann Area also received challenge grants through the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative for their efforts in their local communities. The program featured a total of $60,000 in challenge grants for winning affiliates.

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