In 2023, the FRCF will distribute about $16,000 in community grants. It also has more than 80 funds under its umbrella for a wide variety of community projects, ranging from preserving the past to planning for the future.
Just one example of the causes it supports is its Impact 100 Ozark Fund, a giving circle that has contributed to causes including education, water quality, local history, parks and libraries.
“In seven years, they will have given away $358,000,” says Jackie Barger, an FRCF board member who helped found the giving circle. “That would not have happened unless there was a nonprofit vehicle such as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Finley River affiliate."
Another fund under FRCF bringing change to town is the Friends of the Garrison Spring. Now owned by the City of Ozark, the beloved Ozark spring was purchased with grant funding and will ultimately be opened for public and educational use.
It’s all part of looking to the future: For Ozark, and for future generations who call it home.
“We’ve really become ingrained in our community,” Crain says. “It’s where we live.”