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CFO surpasses $3 million in COVID-19 grantmaking

Oct. 23, 2020 — With $100,000 in the latest round of monthly COVID-19 Regional Recovery Grants, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has now granted more than $3 million to agencies responding to and recovering from the pandemic since March.

In addition to discretionary grant programs, this total includes grants from the CFO’s regional affiliate foundations, grants requested by donor-advisors and support from employee benevolence funds. Since March 18, the CFO has made 417 grants to 285 organizations in more than 50 counties across central and southern Missouri, as well as agencies across the country supported by donor-advisors.

“We’re here, in a challenging time, to celebrate that we can help in a time of helplessness,” said Brian Fogle, CFO president and CEO. “We’re grateful to be able to provide resources to so many nonprofits that are doing the very hard and difficult work on the ground.”

The COVID-19 Regional Recovery Grants are intended to help sustain valued nonprofit services and programs through the downturn in fundraising and other financial resources during the pandemic. This grantmaking is open to nonprofit agencies across the CFO’s 58-county service area, which also is served by 51 regional affiliate foundations.

The 10 grants awarded this week, with local affiliate foundations listed in parentheses, include:

  • Care to Learn: $20,000 to support health, hunger, and hygiene needs for children in CTL's large rural service area
  • CASA of Southwest Missouri: $8,000 to reduce the fundraising shortfall of the CASAblanca event, which supports volunteer training for court-appointed special advocates in Greene and Christian counties
  • Center City Christian Outreach: $3,500 to support the Hiland Dairy Milk Program at the Well of Life Food Pantry in Springfield
  • Child Advocacy Center: $10,000 to support CAC’s work investigating child abuse through financial support in the wake of cancelled fundraising events
  • Children’s Smile Center: $10,000 to support operating expenses as it provides quality dental care for children in Barry, Christian, Dade, Lawrence, Stone and Taney counties (Finley River Community Foundation)
  • Community Outreach Ministries of Bolivar: $1,000 to support an upgraded VOIP phone system and better connect with families in need of food pantry services (Bolivar Area Community Foundation)
  • Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare: $20,000 for the GVMH COVID-19 Response project supporting patients in the Clinton area (Truman Lake Community Foundation)
  • GYN Cancers Alliance: $20,000 to provide nonmedical, emotional, social and financial support to women battling gynecologic cancers in 30 counties across southwest Missouri
  • Heart to Heart Outreach Ministries: $2,500 to support overhead expenses at the food pantry in Buffalo (Dallas County Community Foundation)
  • Helping Hands – Abuse & Crisis Center of Hickory County: $5,000 to provide emergency shelter and services to victims fleeing domestic or sexual violence (Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation)

These grants follow rounds totaling $300,000 awarded in July, August and September. The COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program is now paused and will reopen in early 2021.

Two region-specific COVID-19 relief grant programs are currently available for agencies in Benton, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Gasconade, Howell, Miller and Morgan counties, funded through an $111,000 gift by Ameren Corporation. More information about the programs can be found at online.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was established in March with an initial $1 million commitment by the CFO and its regional affiliate foundations, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Coover Charitable Foundation. Generous donors have since contributed more than $850,000 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.

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.

  • Ameren Corporation — AmerenCares Power of Giving COVID-19 Community Response Fund
  • 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
  • Johnny Atkinson

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