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CFO announces $100,000 program to support childcare services for SPS students

July 31, 2020 — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is awarding its first $100,000 for the new phase of the COVID-19 Regional Recovery Grant Program to six agencies serving central and southern Missouri.

Because agencies have faced fundraising disruptions and/or increased service demands due to the pandemic, these grants target operational support to help nonprofits remain solvent during the public health and resulting economic crisis.

The recipients of this first round are:

  • Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri: $15,000 to support work at the Sprigg of Hope Community Resource Center, serving Cape Girardeau and southeast Missouri. The area is served by Cape Area Community Foundation, one of the CFO’s 50 regional affiliate foundations.
  • Doula Foundation of Mid-America: $20,000, to support its COVID-19 emergency response in southwest Missouri.
  • Joplin Family YMCA: $20,000 to support inclusive childcare services in the Joplin region. The area is served by Joplin Regional Community Foundation.
  • Ozark Greenways: $20,000 to support its operations in Greene, Polk and Webster counties
  • Solace House of the Ozarks: $5,000 to support its operations in Joplin and southwest Missouri. The area is served by Joplin Regional Community Foundation.
  • The Victim Center: $20,000 to support its operations in Springfield and Greene County.

The next round of recipients will be announced in late August. Agencies can apply for up to 25 percent of their annual operating budget, with awards capped at $20,000. Agencies can begin the application process at cfozarks.org/applyforgrants. This program is open to 501(c)3 nonprofits and IRS-equivalent organizations like education, faith and civic agencies. The CFO does not make grants directly to individuals.


Next Friday, the CFO will announce the recipients of the SPS In-Person Learning Support Program, which will fund childcare and virtual-learning services provided by nonprofit agencies for students opting into the “In-Person” option at Springfield Public Schools. The CFO has designated $100,000 from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for this program.

The 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 $686,000 to support this grantmaking. The CFO is committing an additional $1 million to COVID-19 discretionary grantmaking in the 2021 fiscal year with support from MFH, the Coover Charitable Foundation and additional donor support.

Since launching the fund, the CFO has granted more than $1.3 million through various discretionary programs. Total COVID-related grantmaking by the CFO, including grants from donor-advised and employee benevolence funds, is more than $2.3 million.

The CFO encourages all who are able to donate to a nonprofit in need or the CFO’s COVID-19 fund. Gifts can be made online.

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
  • 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
  • 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

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