Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Jim Holt / Reeds Spring Schools/Tablerock Lake Community Foundation

Making A Difference:  Stories of Hope and Help is inspired by NPR’s Story Corps, and produced at KSMU in cooperation with, and support from, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 

Voice of 16 year old Reeds Spring Missouri resident Sophia Greenwalt:  “I remember when I started Helping Hats, and I was in the 6th grade.  I just wanted an idea to help others, to help the community.”

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.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Officials hope to reduce the poverty level in Greene County to 15 percent by the year 2025. The goal was addressed Thursday as part of a series of presentations assessing the region’s health.

“The reason this is an ambitious goal is not only because we are proposing to reduce the amount of poverty by five percent over the next decade, but also because we are reversing a trend.”  

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says that should the status quo remain, the county’s current 20 percent poverty level will continue to rise.

Brian Fogle
Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Brian Fogle has been appointed to a newly created Community Advisory Council (CAC) established by the Federal Reserve Board.

Members of CAC, announced Tuesday, will provide information, advice, and recommendations to the Board on a wide range of relevant policy matters and emerging issues of interest.

Morey Mechlin
Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Applications for the 2015 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident are now being accepted.

The Humanitarian Award, founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, goes to a citizen that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. It is designed to recognize a living person; posthumous nominations are not accepted. This is the 26th year of the award.