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The Generosity Collective

Inspiring collective philanthropic impact in Springfield

By pooling our donations and collectively deciding on grant recipients, we are able to create greater impact in the community than we could alone.

Why join the Generosity Collective?

  • Across the country, fewer households are giving to charitable organizations — but the issues challenging our community are not going away.
  • Individually, we all support our favorite causes — and that certainly helps. But our individual giving is not always enough to move the needle.
  • By collectively targeting our generosity to support local nonprofits doing the most good, we can more effectively power change in our community.
  • Whether we grew up here or came here, the Springfield community is our home. And it’s our time to make a difference.

How the Generosity Collective Works

  • Each year, members make a $2,500 donation to the Generosity Collective Fund, held by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. This donation is a tax-deductible gift to the CFO and must be made by Feb. 29, 2024.
  • With your membership, you will receive one vote to select recipients of the Generosity Collective's annual grantmaking. If your spouse/partner would like their own vote, they must apply for their own membership.
  • The Generosity Collective’s grantmaking committee will narrow down 10 focus areas from the Blue Ribbons and Red Flags identified in the latest Community Focus Report for Springfield & Greene County. Members will then convene to select four focus areas.
  • Throughout the year, you will learn about those focus areas and the nonprofits working to address those community priorities. These events will help guide the Collective’s grantmaking — and give you an opportunity to connect with fellow members.
  • Agencies will apply for the Generosity Collective’s grants through the CFO’s online grantmaking process.
  • At the conclusion of the membership year next fall, you — along with fellow members of the Collective — will decide which agencies receive grants from the Generosity Collective Fund.
  • In addition to the Generosity Collective’s annual grantmaking, 10% of membership donations will be endowed to build long-term sustainability.
  • For its first year, the Generosity Collective will be limited to 100 members.
  • Membership for 2024 is closed but will reopen for 2025 later this year.

Membership Requirements

  • $2,500 donation per calendar year. This can be given in the following ways:
    • Credit card/eCheck
    • Contribution from a donor-advised fund held at the CFO or other charitable sponsor
    • Check
    • Appreciated stock (contact Winter Kinne for stock transfer instructions)
    • To donate in installments, contact Winter Kinne
  • Attend at least two of the four events per year. Someone may be sent in your place if you are unable to attend.
    • March 5, 2024 — 4 p.m. at the Barrelhouse, Mother’s Brewing Co.
    • June 4, 2024
    • Sept. 10, 2024
    • Nov. 12, 2024

Interested in joining?

Advisory Council

Chuck Dow
Cara Erwin
Nikki Holden
Jarad Johnson
Emily Kembell
Alina Lehnert
Brett Magers
Ami Miller
Tim Stack
Brittany Waugh

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