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Tuesday May 5th from midnight –midnight, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, along with its affiliate foundations in communities across southern Missouri, will host the inaugural Give Ozarks/ Day of Giving, an online only opportunity for donors to contribute to a favorite non- profit CFO managed fund.   In this, the first feature in a series of Making a Difference reports leading up to and following the May 5th event, producer Mike Smith has a brief history of Giving Days, and talks with a representative of the Knight Foundation about its role in supporting them.  You’ll also hear from

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With a focus on post-secondary credential attainment, the Lumina Foundation this past month added Springfield to its now 75-city network.

Springfield is the third cohort of cities to join the network, and will receive a $120,000 two-year planning grant and five years of technical assistance to connect and enhance existing developmental programs that help link students to careers.

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Ten area non-profit organizations will receive grants this week for 11 different projects from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.  The largest award--$2000—goes to SRO Lyric Theatre for board development training.  They'll also receive a $750 grant to continue their monthly open-mic night, Operazzi.

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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a total of $100,000 in matching grants to 18 Springfield-area non-profits.  But they have to raise matching funds by February 2nd. 

The agencies were selected for the potential impact of the grants to address “red-flag” issues identified in the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has announced Morey Mechlin as this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient.

The executive director of Care to Learn, Mechlin is a longtime community volunteer and advocate for children. She’ll be honored at a noon luncheon on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield.