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Ameren donation powers $111,000 for regional pandemic recovery

Jan. 8, 2021 — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Foundation of the Lake have awarded $111,000 to 23 nonprofit agencies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in seven Missouri counties.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation donated the funding for these grants to the CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support agencies in the shared service area of Ameren and the CFO’s network of 52 regional affiliates. Ameren employees and its board of directors contributed to its AmerenCares Power of Giving COVID-19 Relief Fund, which also is supporting agencies in Illinois and the St. Louis region.

Two “Powered by AmerenCares” grantmaking rounds were held for agencies providing meal programs, transportation, childcare and mental health services related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the program selected by the CFO’s Affiliate Foundation team, grants were awarded to:

Benton County (served by the Benton County Community Foundation):

  • The Changing Table: $1,500

Cape Girardeau County (served by the Cape Area Community Foundation)

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Missouri: $5,000
  • Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation: $7,500
  • Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri: $3,000
  • Discovery Playhouse: $7,500
  • Humane Society of Southeast Missouri: $5,000
  • Safe Families for Children: $2,500

Gasconade County (served by the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area Inc. and the Owensville Area Community Foundation)

  • OATS: $5,000

Howell County (served by the Community Foundation of West Plains Inc., the Jacks Fork Community Foundation and the Willow Springs Community Foundation)

  • Samaritan Outreach Center: $3,300
  • West Plains Senior Center: $10,000
  • West Plains Christian Clinic: $7,500
  • Willow Springs School District: $5,200

In a separate grantmaking program, the Community Foundation of the Lake awarded $48,000 to 12 nonprofit agencies with funding provided through the Ameren Gives program. The CFL is the CFO’s regional affiliate foundation serving Camden, Miller and Morgan counties in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: $3,500 for new matches
  • Citizens Against Domestic Violence: $7,500 for mental-health therapy
  • The Changing Table: $3,825 for diapers
  • Child Advocacy Council: $1,000 for food vouchers
  • C.O.P.S. Virtual Connection Calls: $1,000 for online support with licensed professionals
  • Food for Morgan County/Neighbors in Need: $5,000 for food, transportation and utilities
  • Heros Outreach Program: $1,000 for support for veterans and first responders
  • Kids’ Harbor: $5,675 for mental health counseling, games, activities and supplies
  • Lake Area Industries: $5,000 for employees with mental disabilities with transportation needs
  • Lake of the Ozarks Developmental Center: $5,000 for telecommunication equipment
  • OATS Transit: $5,000 for cleaning supplies
  • Osage Beach Senior Center: $4,500 for homebound and curbside meals

“This has been a great partnership opportunity with Ameren Corp.,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The company put its charitable dollars to work in the communities it serves by using our expertise in managing and granting out these generous resources.”

Ameren Corporation is a Fortune 500 company providing electric power to 2.4 million customers and natural gas service to more than 900,000 customers across 64,000 square miles in Missouri and Illinois. Ameren Missouri and Ameren Transmission Company are both based in St. Louis.

These grants bring the CFO’s total discretionary grantmaking for COVID-19 response and recovery to $2.06 million since March 2020. Total COVID-related grantmaking by the CFO, including grants from donor-advised and employee benevolence funds, is $3.15 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.

  • 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
  • Isabel Thomas
  • Luis Leon
  • Barbara Zehnder
  • Jessica Goodrich
  • Orren Ricketts

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