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Field-of-Interest grants support unique charitable goals of donors

June 1, 2021

Annual grant programs reflect passions of donors

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced annual grants from a group of Field-of-Interest funds established by donors to support specific areas of need ranging from animal welfare to veterans wounded in combat.

With the first grant from the St. Francis Fund, Rescue One received $1,500 to support a monthly series of low-cost vaccination clinics for pets. The St. Francis Fund was established by Dr. Gloria Galanes, faculty emeritus with Missouri State University and a past board chair of the CFO, to support animal-welfare needs in Springfield and Greene County.

Republic School District received $500 from the Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired to purchase educational materials for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The Lennie Cloud Fund has granted more than $10,000 to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals since it was established in 1999.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland received $500 from the Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program to help increase capacity at the Girl Scouts’ resident camp. The Jessie C. Smith and Jan M. Atwell Fund, which supports the program, was established in 2005 to empower and encourage girls and young women in Greene County to be involved in athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Heroes Outreach Program, based in Eldon and serving in locations across the region, receive $2,000 from the Wounded War Veterans Fund to support the agency’s programming. The late John Brockschmidt and his wife, Barbara, established the Wounded War Veterans Fund in 2008. It has since granted more than $25,000 to agencies that serve the needs of wounded war veterans in southwest Missouri.

“These grants reflect the unique charitable passions of the donors, whose gifts continue to provide important help to agencies across the region,” CFO President and CEO Brian Fogle said.“Every gift and every grant comes with its own story, but the desire is the same — to make our part of the world a better place.”

The CFO holds a variety of Field-of-Interest funds that support a wide range of charitable needs. Several funds make single annual grants, while others — like those that support cancer patients and their families, such as the Ellis Fund, the Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation and the Shelly Sachs Foundation — provide support throughout the year. For more information, visit

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