We pursue our mission through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership — connecting passion to purpose since 1973.
In the early 1970s, a group of estate-planning attorneys learned of a
sizeable estate gift that left Springfield because there wasn’t a place
here to accept a general gift for community betterment. Those 11
founders, supported by then-Springfield Mayor Jim Payne and
businesswoman Anne Drummond, created the region’s first public
charitable foundation in 1973.
Today, the CFO is governed by community volunteers and run by a
professional staff that serves a network of donors, regional affiliate
foundations, nonprofit partners and professional advisors through approximately 3,500 charitable funds.