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CFO secures additional funding for SPS In-Person Learning Support Program

Sept. 2, 2020 — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has gained additional support from community funders to nearly double the money available to support children and families with virtual learning on the days they aren’t attending in-person classes at Springfield Public Schools. Total funding for the SPS In-Person Learning Support Program now exceeds $229,000.

After SPS announced its options of partial in-school classes or fully virtual learning for the beginning of fall semester, the CFO committed $100,000 from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to the SPS In-Person Learning Support Program. Grants from the program support agencies that provide childcare and virtual learning assistance for vulnerable students on the days when they are not in the classroom. The focus includes low-income families, special-needs students and essential workers, including educators.

For the first round of grants announced Aug. 7, the Rice Family Foundation donated $20,000 to help increase funding for the initial recipients. Since then, the CFO has coordinated with other funders to fully fund agency requests and extend grants to additional agencies.

  • An anonymous funder is providing $71,000 to support programs at: Ozarks Regional YMCA; Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield; and Springfield Dream Center.
  • The Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation, managed by Central Trust Company, is providing $22,640 for a program at Drew Lewis Foundation. The Ball Foundation has been a partner with the CFO on the five-year Northwest Project to tackle poverty through programming based at The Fairbanks with the Drew Lewis Foundation.
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church is providing $15,000 to support programs at: Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield; Children, Family and Youth Development Center; and Discovery Gardens Montessori School.

Parents interested in more information on any of these programs should contact the agencies directly.

“We are grateful to the Ball Foundation, Trinity Presbyterian and the anonymous funder for stepping up to meet this community need,” said Brian Fogle, president and CEO of the CFO. “We are blessed to have such generous donors and dedicated agencies that, in their own ways, are helping our community through this challenging time. Collaboration has long been a strength of our community and even more important during an unprecedented time like this.”

The CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was established in March with an initial $1 million commitment by the CFO and its 50 regional affiliate foundations, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Coover Charitable Foundation. Generous donors have since contributed more than $735,000 to support this grantmaking. Additional support from more funders will extend grantmaking from the fund. Gifts can be made online.

Since launching the fund, the CFO has granted more than $1.7 million through various discretionary programs. Total COVID-related grantmaking by the CFO, including grants from donor-advised and employee benevolence funds, is now more than $2.7 million.

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
  • Trotter Family Foundation
  • David Catlin
  • Gloria Galanes
  • Jill Lohmeyer
  • Ringenberg Charitable Trust
  • 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
  • Ashley Romines
  • Betty Johnson
  • Margaret Prim
  • Charlie and Mary Beth O’Reilly Family Foundation
  • Timothy Smith
  • Jim and Pat Schwartz
  • Thomas Everett
  • Kailey York
  • Mohammed Imran Khan
  • Meredith Roberts
  • Mary Jean Hamilton Fund
  • Sam and June Hamra Family Charitable Foundation
  • Republic Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund
  • Bars Products
  • Northern Trust
  • Tina Hunt
  • Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation
  • Filmmer Naguit
  • Sandy & Doug Thomason, in memory of Bob Grimshaw

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