With the establishment of the Fair Grove Area Community Foundation on April 5, every corner of Greene County is now served by a regional affiliate foundation of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
The FGACF joins the Ash Grove Area Community Foundation, the Republic Community Foundation, the Rogersville Community Foundation and the Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation in serving the philanthropic needs of rural Greene County. As the CFO’s 53rd regional affiliate foundation, the FGACF also joins a network of foundations that works to improve the quality of life for everyone in 58 counties across central and southern Missouri.
The founding board of the FGACF began the campaign to raise $30,000 for a permanent community grantmaking endowment just six months ago. The generous support from the community will be matched by a $30,000 grant from Missouri Foundation for Health. The grant will provide $6,000 for five years to support grantmaking to address public health needs related to issues such as family income, education, jobs, neighborhoods and similar indictors.
“We are so happy to have achieved our first major milestone to officially become the 53rd affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks,” said Lisa Bernet, founding board president of FGACF. “We would like to send a heart-felt thank you to Missouri Foundation for Health for the $30,000 matching grant.”
The founding board also includes: Bradley Daniels, vice president; Leann Pyatt, secretary; Lance Bateman; Matt Crutcher; Hollie Elliott; Dana Louderbaugh; Brian Lumley; and Tammie Tucker.
“We are also thankful to everyone in our community who donated, especially in the midst of a pandemic,” Bernet said. “The board is excited to plan our first grantmaking round for our Fair Grove community very soon.”