Many needs and focuses have been served by the NCF, which is comprised of around 60 different funds. One even allows all Nixa city employees to donate directly via automatic payroll deduction.
“Every employee that we hire, our HR director talks about it and makes it an option for them,” says Jimmy Liles, president of the NCF and administrator for the City of Nixa. “A lot of employees take advantage of that — they’ll do an automatic withdrawal for whatever amount they choose, and then it goes into that fund.”
There has been support of Troop 200 with the Boy Scouts — “they graduate a lot of Eagle Scouts, and every year I feel that we are always very supportive of their needs,” says Board Member Callie Linville — to hundreds of free weather radios to support for local food pantries, ham radio operators, and even local students who want to go to prom, but don’t have the resources.
The NCF also recognizes the individuals who help make their community great every quarter through “Extra Mile” awards.
“It’s for anyone who has literally gone the extra mile to help people in Nixa,” Johns says. “A lot of these people wouldn’t get recognition otherwise. I think that‘s a really cool thing.”
Ultimately, it all goes back to enriching the community for today — and tomorrow.
“At some point, I've been a beneficiary of the Community Foundation and didn’t probably even realize it,” Linville says. “Did my teacher have extra reading books? Or is it simply that I can go through the drive-thru at Scooters, and the person that's taking my order had reading comprehension problems, and they got scaled up and they can take my order again for my coffee? It’s all full circle.”