Bridget Dierks

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, The Foresight and Philanthropy of Julia Dorothy Coover.

Over the past 15 years, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has distributed more than 400 grants totaling nearly $5million from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Commerce Bank/ Commerce Trust Company.  Mrs. Coover established this unrestricted fund, giving volunteer committees the ability to grant funds annually to needs she would have not been able to anticipate. 

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Leslie Carrier talks with Bridget Dierks, grants program officer with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, about the organization and what it does.

CFO was founded in 1973.  It holds about $260 million in assets and has 47 affiliate, volunteer organizations.  CFO holds assets for grant making and for non-profit organization, donor funds, those of volunteer groups, Dierks said.