The Collective Impact grants are made possible by donors who make gifts that are unrestricted or for general fields of interest such as early childhood or education.
The grant selections are made by a volunteer committee, chaired by CFO Board Member Morey Mechlin, who also chaired the 2019 Community Focus Report Steering Committee. Other members include Josh Hartman, Nicole Holt, Travis Liles, Mike Meek, Toni Robinson, Debra Shantz Hart and Margo Spilde.
“The Community Focus Report helps the CFO use our grant dollars most effectively to target priority issues in the Springfield area,” said Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs for the CFO. “We commend these agencies for developing unique strategies to address community challenges like addiction, poverty and workforce development.”
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership through a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and some 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.