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CFO announces 10 COVID-19 Recovery and three Pitt Technology Group grants

May 21, 2020 — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded grants totaling $80,000 to support food needs, services for victims of domestic violence, educational technology improvements and emergency living expenses related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the region.

This increases the total of all CFO grantmaking for COVID-19 relief to $1.75 million. This includes discretionary grants made by the CFO and its regional affiliate foundations, grants requested by donors who hold charitable funds at the CFO and businesses assisting workers affected by the economic downturn.

In addition, the Pitt Technology Group awarded nearly $35,000 in three new grants to provide services and equipment to three nonprofit entities.

This week’s grants from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund were supported with funds from White River Valley Electric Cooperative and the Sunderland Foundation, which made generous gifts to support proposals within their areas of interest. The COVID-19 Response and Recovery grants were awarded to:

  • Butler County Council on Aging: $10,000 for home-bound senior meal delivery. Butler County Council on Aging is an agency partner of the Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation, one of the CFO’s 49 regional affiliate foundations.
  • Carterville First Baptist Church: $5,000 to support emergency needs for low-income families in Carterville, which is served by Joplin Regional Community Foundation.
  • Cassville R-IV School District: $10,000 to purchase Chromebooks and wireless internet access points to help schoolchildren with online learning. The district is an agency partner of the Cassville Community Foundation.
  • Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri: $6,000 to support quarantine-related expenses of children entering the center in the Joplin area, which is served by the Joplin Regional Community Foundation.
  • Communities of Recovery Inc.: $5,000 to purchase cleaning supplies and other household needs to protect families from the coronavirus in the Branson area, which is served by the Community Foundation of Taney County. Half of the funding for this grant is provided by White River Valley Electric Cooperative.
  • Greene County Family Justice Center Alliance: $24,646 to increase safety for staff and clients and provide additional wraparound support services for victims of domestic violence.
  • Naylor Nutrition Center: $2,400 to purchase a new milk cooler for the center in this Ripley County community, served by the Ripley County Community Foundation and the Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation.
  • The Salvation Army, Dent County Unit: $5,000 to support low-income families who have lost jobs with rent and utility expenses. This area is served by the Dent County Community Foundation.
  • Southwest Missouri Area Coalition: $5,000 to provide delivery services and supplies for seniors and volunteers in Dade County. This area is served by the DACO Community Foundation.
  • University of Missouri Extension in Butler County: $6,954 to develop and deliver activity packets and educational resources while kids are out of school due to COVID-19. The area is served by the Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation.

The Pitt Technology Grants are made possible through a program initiated by the company to use a portion its Paycheck Protection Program funds to support nonprofit needs because employees involved in cabling and installation are not as busy as those in other company functions. Recipients selected this week are:

  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,000 for a new custom web-based app for donor management and donation tracking.
  • Crossway Baptist Church: $15,880 for infrastructure cabling and audio-visual improvements to improve technology resources for the church.
  • Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri: $6,950 to improve network cabling at its southwest regional office.

The CFO encourages all who are able to consider donating to a nonprofit in need or the CFO’s COVID-19 fund. Gifts can be made online. The CFO is covering processing fees for gifts made by credit card through June 30, 2020.

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis with announcements anticipated weekly for the near future. The application process is open to nonprofits and IRS-equivalent organizations like faith and civic agencies. Other COVID-related grant programs are listed online. The CFO does not make grants directly to individuals.

The COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund is supported by these generous donors.

In addition to initial commitments by the CFO, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Coover Charitable Foundation, these individuals, families and organizations have donated to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. You can join them by making a gift by credit card or mailing a check to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. Please note “COVID-19” on the check.

  • Sunderland Foundation
  • White River Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Hulston Family Foundation
  • Delta Dental of Missouri
  • Darr Family Foundation
  • The COOP Foundation
  • Tal & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Family Foundation Fund
  • Elite Promotions
  • Don & Olivia Simpson
  • RDW Family & Community Fund
  • Jeff & Kathy Munzinger
  • Mary Jean Hamilton
  • Anonymous
  • Forum Dental
  • Terry Family Foundation
  • Kim Collison Farr
  • Mitch & Jennifer Holmes
  • Angela Swan
  • Deni Dinwiddie and family
  • 417 Youth Sports and John Hartley Family
  • Cantwell Family Fund
  • Brian & Renee Fogle
  • Lyndsey Strahan
  • Jarad Johnson
  • Justin Gathright
  • Matthew Simpson
  • Maranda Provance
  • Ira Williams
  • Don Simpson
  • Michelle Hudgens
  • Angie Miller
  • Andy Peebles
  • Alex & Cathy Primm
  • Wes & Francine Pratt
  • Thomas & Kimberly Prater Family Fund
  • John Brooks
  • Springfield Business Journal
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Melinda Novik
  • Martha Fay
  • Alvin Meeks
  • Suzanne Weatherman
  • Ronald Neville
  • Emma Chapman
  • Joe Fearn
  • Ball Jones Charitable Fund – Buddy Ball & Virginia Jones
  • Graham Family Fund
  • Jim & Janet Anderson Family Fund
  • Terry Family Foundation
  • Dierks Family Fund – Bridget & Andy Dierks
  • The La Boda Fund – Mike Stevens & Kate Baird
  • Oakwood Legacy Fund – Ron & Alice Wingo
  • Courtney Family Foundation Fund
  • Haun Family Fund
  • Mary Jean Hamilton Fund
  • 310 Foundation
  • Nelson Family Fund
  • Arthur Ormsbee
  • Dana & Ann Elwell
  • Louise & Kelly Knauer
  • Aaron Scott & Hayley Budd
  • Nancy Curless
  • Reynolds Family Fund
  • Betsy Fogle
  • Don Simpson
  • Larry O’Reilly & Family Foundation
  • Mike Carlie
  • Carrie Lamb
  • Mary Casada
  • Rose Magaw
  • Jarica Oeltjen, in memory of John Prine
  • Connie Cline Fund
  • William Marrs, in memory of Scott Marrs
  • Terry & Mary Whitmore
  • James Mattax Jr.



  • Lisa Langley
  • Danielle Wise
  • Mary Neely
  • David O’Reilly
  • Roger Pina
  • Valerie Hudspeth, in memory of James William “Jim” LeCompte II
  • Jeff & Julie Ast
  • Jackie Barger
  • Noah Karrasch
  • Jan & Gary Baumgartner
  • Winter Kinne, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • M. Tran
  • Gary Funk, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Doug & Rae Nickell, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Linda Neale
  • Carol Newman
  • Mark & Mary Walker
  • Janet & Herb Dankert
  • Ashley Silva
  • 5 Pound Apparel, on behalf of Ashley Walden
  • Todd & Betty Parnell, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Rob & Sally Baird, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Stephen Armstrong
  • Jill Lohmeyer, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • The Second Wind Fund
  • The Fogle Family Fund
  • Fulp Family Fund
  • Mary Worman
  • Jack Hood, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Robert Thurman
  • Joshua Gibb, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Robert Kipfer, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Kenneth Zindel, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Shelter Insurance/Becky Hosp
  • Mike Smith
  • Gerald Weatherford, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Jim Atteberry, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Galesburg Community Foundation, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Claudia Kelsey
  • Jerrianne Roubinek, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Dean Rund
  • Beth Summers, in honor of Tracy Polk
  • Marilyn Boyle
  • Caitlin Golike
  • Karen Mille, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Donald Fishburn, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Tom Finnie, in honor of Tom & Nancy Anderson and Nance Holman
  • Nelson Family Fund
  • Trotter Family Foundation
  • David Catlin
  • Gloria Galanes
  • Jill Lohmeyer
  • Renaissance Charitable Foundation
  • Courtney Family Foundation
  • Randy Funk, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Agnes Bruner
  • Kendra Page
  • Clint Zweifel
  • Matt Lemmon
  • Lance & Joni Rogers
  • Commerce Bancshares Foundation
  • Richard & Janet Martin
  • Lisa Berger
  • Phyllis Smith, in memory of Patsy Funk
  • Kenneth Neu
  • u.school Fund
  • Great Southern Bank
  • Donna Ashworth
  • Lisa Kurkowski
  • The Terry O. and Mary Kay Meek Fund
  • #quaranTEAMSGF donors

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