Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Community Foundation of the Ozarks pursues their mission through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership — connecting passion to purpose since 1973.
In the early 1970s, a group of estate-planning attorneys learned of a sizeable estate gift that left Springfield because there wasn’t a place here to accept a general gift for community betterment. Those 11 founders, supported by then-Springfield Mayor Jim Payne and businesswoman Anne Drummond, created the region’s first public charitable foundation in 1973.
Today, the CFO is governed by community volunteers and run by a professional staff that serves a 58-county network of donors, affiliate foundations, nonprofit partners and professional advisors through more than 3,000 charitable funds.
The CFO’s affiliate network supports giving in communities across the region.
In 1993, 20 years after the CFO’s founding, the first affiliate foundation was created in Nixa. Affiliate foundations are governed by local volunteers who are supported by the CFO’s professional staff.
Affiliates represent cities, counties and multi-county regions stretching from the Missouri River south to the borders of the neighboring states.See more