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Making A Difference

Making a Difference Where You Live is a collaboration between KSMU and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Every other month we will focus on a topic that explores how volunteerism and philanthropic efforts address community needs.

Learn how you can make a difference by visiting the Community Foundation website. Feel free to ksmu [at] ksmu [dot] org (subject: Making%20a%20%20Difference) (contact us) with your questions and comments.

Every Child Promise

The Every Child Promise aims to cut in half the number of local youth who are unprepared to learn upon entering kindergarten within 10 years. KSMU's Mike Smith has more in our latest installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.

Romeo and Juliet at MSU's Coger Theater

Any Given Child makes possible enhanced arts education experiences for Springfield's K-8 classrooms. Mike Smith reports as part of our Making a Difference series.


Nonprofit service organizations in the area, along with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, use data from the Bi-annual Community Focus Report to guide their decision making.   

Last Will

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks encourages us to leave 5% of our estate values to charitable causes in our communities.  In the Ozarks alone over the next 10 years, that could amount to 2.3 billion dollars.  On this edition of Making a Difference Where You Live, we learn about the Transfer of Wealth and the 5% Solution.

Created by volunteers with $1,500 in seed money in June 1973, Community Foundation of the Ozarks assets today total over 226 million dollars, and since issuing its first grant in 1975, over 2,500 charitable funds have been established with grants and distributions today totalling over 147 million dollars.  The CFO turns 40 on this eddition of Making A Difference Where You Live. 

In 2005, Greene County voters approved a tax to support services for senior citizens.  In 2012, and again this year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks provided matching donor dollars to extend the reach of the tax fund.  Mike Smith has the story in this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live 

causemomentum.org is used by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to provide its partners with new tools, the internet and social media, to reach new audiences and attract new donors.  

A recently released report says Douglas County and Springfield's 65803 zipcode lead the way in terms of charitable giving in the Ozarks.  Find out more with this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live.  This program is underwritten by The Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

 From January to May 2012, the pilot program of the Healthy Half Pints Project, paid for over 25,000 cartons of milk for kids in 4 of Springfields Title 1 Schools schools.  Today, for the current school year, a 4 member Springfield area philanthropic coalition is funding the program for Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms in six schools.