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The president of the largest Ozarks-based philanthropic organization is stepping down. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
Gary Funk joined the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in 1999 and became president of the non-profit organization in 2003.During that time, CFO tripled its assets to $145 million, received $143 million in charitable donations, and reached a record $15.9 million in grantmaking last fiscal year.The money generated by CFO goes to programs aimed at attacking hunger, alleviating poverty, and improving education. Funk said he will miss the job, but it’s time for new opportunities.“It’s the best job I’ve ever had. I probably will never have a job this good. But on the other hand, I really do believe organizations need change. And I think people need change. I have some opportunities to get involved with some groups at the national level, particularly in rural education, which is a passion of mine. I’m very grateful for those opportunities, and I think I have to play that out,” Funk said.Funk said he will be staying with CFO for another year, then will begin working with the Washington, D.C.-based Rural School and Community Trust.For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.