Give Ozarks

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Updated Friday, 2:45 pm:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks updated its Give Ozarks fundraising totals Friday, saying that $1,397,147.64 was raised for more than 240 local nonprofit organizations.

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Area non-profits have more money to do what they do after a major fundraising event Tuesday.  The total raised during the 24-hour Give Ozarks Day was $1,212,647.35.  The fundraiser benefited 240 nonprofit organizations, who are partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The H.A.Y. Foundation raised the most money—just over $71,609.  The organization serves kids between the ages of five and 17 who suffer from emotional challenges.  It uses horses to build confidence, self-esteem, respect and responsibility among other things.

Non-profit organizations say they’re blown away by the support garnered during the daylong fundraiser Give Ozarks on Tuesday. Now, it’s time to put that money to good use.

“We were just really overwhelmed by all the people that decided to give to us,” said Christine Temple, communications coordinator with Ozarks Food Harvest.

Over 250 donors contributed Tuesday to the organization’s mission of feeding kids. All of these donations will go to OFH’s Weekend Backpack program.

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Give Ozarks Day Tuesday raised $1,041,456.73.  The one-day online event was a fundraiser for non-profit partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. 

According to CFO, Give Ozarks helped 225 non-profits, funding projects, endowments and operational needs across southern Missouri.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Representatives of various organizations in southwest Missouri got a glimpse today of what it’s like to live in poverty.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more on a poverty simulation held at the Fusion Center in Springfield.

Participants in today’s poverty simulation, part of Give Ozarks Day, were given a scenario, which included things like employment and marital status, number of kids, how many bills they had and their income.  They worked together in family groups and had access to various services such as an employer, schools, social services and payday loans.

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