Making A Difference: Stories of Hope and Help Making a Difference Where You Live is a collaboration between KSMU and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. This quarterly series explores the impact of volunteerism and philanthropy on community needs.
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CFO/USDA Economic Development Grant Supports Growth In The Rural Ozarks

In May of 2016, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced Marshfield, Salem, and Sarcoxie, as the first 3 Missouri communities to receive CFO's first ever Economic Development Grants, through the Growth in the Rural Ozarks, grand program. GRO, as it is known, is designed to promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and economic and workforce development in rural communities. Growth in the Rural Ozarks is Co-Funded by CFO and USDA Rural Development, and over the 3 year course of the program, each city will receive around $100,000. Here to talk about Growth in the Rural Ozarks, for Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help: CFO President &CEO Brian Fogle, and Hrishue Mahalaha, Managing Partner of Cleveland based, Innovation Economy Partners. Mahalaha was hired to facilitate GRO, in Marshfield, Salem and Sarcoxie, and he did so in part, by making multiple visits to each city, and connecting with their past, their people, and their potential.... Hrishue Mahalaha: "Good morning

CFO's 3rd Annual GIVE OZARKS, Supports Non-Profit Partners Across Southern Missouri

Tuesday morning, May 9th at midnight, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, along with over 250 of its non profit partners across southern Missouri, will kick-off the 3rd annual GIVE OZARKS 24 hour on-line day of giving, www.giveozarks.org , and on today's Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, 2 participants share their shared experience with GIVE OZARKS. With us today is Mike Stevens, of Springfield Missouri's nonprofit Moxie Cinema, and Jarad Johnson, of Mostly Serious, which created Cause Momentum, the online giving platform which makes GIVE OZARKS, possible. Stevens started the conversation by asking Jarad Johnson, how Mostly Serious got involved with the CFO and GIVE OZARKS. "One of the core values at Mostly Serious is community, and how we can be involved in community. We try to give back as much as we can, and some of that is through organizations that we founded, and some from working with other organizations such as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, so when

CFO's 3rd Annual GIVE OZARKS, Supports Non-Profit Partners Across Southern Missouri

Dorothy Coover: A Story of Foresight and Philanthropy

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. Here to talk about the generosity and philanthropic vision of Dorothy Coover are, the CFO's Grant Program Officer Bridget Dierks, and Jill Reynolds, Vice President at Commerce Trust, and Chair Emeritus of the CFO, who shares some of what she knows about Dorothy Coover... "Mrs. Coover pre-dates me at Commerce Bank/Commerce Trust Company, but I'm happy to share with you my understanding of what I do know about Mrs. Coover. She and her husband Lewis, never had children.

Help Give Hope: Helping Children and Families in Need Since 1981

"Sometimes you have to help the parents, to help the children." With an extra emphasis at Christmas time, the not-for-profit, Help Give Hope, has assisted needy children and their families in the Ozarks since 1981, and on this edition of Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, the story of how Help Give Hope accomplishes its mission, as told by 20 year HGH volunteer/Christmas Program Warehouse Manager, John Wyrsch, and Murray Beairsto, who, in 2006, became the Executive Director of Help Give Hope. Murray Beairsto: "I think the first time I met you, John, was the start of my 2 nd Christmas season, because the first year, Donna Richardson was involved, (with warehouse duties) and at that time, she didn't have the time to do it anymore. And I had a conversation with Wade Palmer, who founded Help Give Hope, about what we would do, and he said "We need to get John back on board", and so we talked on the phone, and met at Panera Bread on Sunshine." John Wyrsch: "I remember that, and I

CFO's YEPO Creates Young Philanthropists in Ozark

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, the Youth Empowerment Project, or YEP! A youth oriented and directed program of The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and The Rural Schools Partnership, YEP's mission is to empower youth to Positively Impact Their Community Through Education, Service, Grant making, and Fundraising. The goal of YEP is to develop young philanthropists in the rural Ozarks, and of the nearly 40 southern Missouri school districts active today, YEPO, the Youth Empowerment Project in Ozark, Missouri, was one of the first to go operational. Here today to talk about YEPO, is a former co-president of the student organization, recent Ozark graduate, now MSU student, Brooke Widmar; AND YEPO's founder, retired teacher Karen Miller. Karen Miller: "I retired in 2002, but I was president of the Finley River Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and I went to a (YEP Informational) meeting in that capacity at the CFO, and I

Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation: A Short History of a Long Legacy of Philanthropy

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, a conversation between 2 local doctors. One is a recipient of a Community Foundation of the Ozarks/Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarship, and recently was named to the Foundation's Board of Directors. The other began his association with the CFO's SGCMF in 1957, and today too, serves on the Foundation's Board: DR. JACOB THOMAS: "My name is Jacob Thomas, I'm a native of Springfield Missouri. I received my undergraduate training at Drury University, went away to medical school at the University of Missouri, then to Dallas Texas, and I returned to Springfield in 2012 to start my practice in Ophthalmology." Dr. Don Overend: "I'm Dr. Don Overend, I came to Springfield in 1957, to open the Pediatric Department at Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic. I came to the clinic as Doctor # 13." Dr. Thomas: "Where was the clinic when you came to town?" Dr. Overend: "It had just moved into the building on Glenstone. (1211 Glenstone) It had

Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation: A Short History of a Long Legacy of Philanthropy

Community Foundation's Earliest Employees Remember When...

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Celebrated its 43 rd anniversary June 18 th , and for this edition of Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, the Foundation's 1 st two paid employees are here to talk about their early days in the office. Producer Mike Smith: "From its founding by the Greene County Estate Planning Council in 1973, to the Fall of 1988 when Jan Horton was hired as Executive Director, and the Spring of 1989, Suzy Gray, her administrative assistant, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks had no employees, nor affiliates, and was operated by volunteer committees of men and women from the Estate Planning Council. By the time Jan Horton and Suzy Gray were hired, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks had charitable holdings of 1.5 million dollars, and had awarded around a half a million dollars in grants and distributions. In June 2016, the 43 rd anniversary of the CFO, the foundation's charitable grants and distributions, have topped 260 million dollars. Jan

Virtual Friendship Gets Real Through Philanthropy

Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced by Mike Smith on KSMU, with support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Wendy Steele is Chief Executive of Generosity Matters, a professional consultancy working with clients on how to live a more generous life. Steele also created Impact 100, which pools the resources of at least 100 women, and sometimes men, to make a transformational grant. Michael Chatman is Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and works directly with the CFO Affiliate Foundations across southern Missouri. Chatman's weekly Twitter talk show #WHYIGIVE, has close to 400,000 followers. Chatman and Steele have known each other for years through social media and philanthropy circles, but met face to face for the very first time when Steele came to Springfield in April to address the Community Foundation of the Ozarks 2016 Affiliate Conference: Michael Chatman: "Wendy I remember the first time we made contact

Moms of Kids With Cancer Are Bonded By Grief and Gratitude

Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. KSMU Producer Mike Smith: "In 2011, some 17 years after losing her 2 year old son Ellis Beam to cancer, Karen Catt worked with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to create The Ellis Fund, which helps families of children with cancer cover non-medical bills like travel for treatment and living related expenses. The Ellis Fund was of great help to Amanda Estrada's family from August 2012-April 2013, when Amanda's 17 year old son Marcello was successfully treated for his illness. In June 2013, Amanda Estrada and Karen Catt met for the very first time..." Karen Catt: "The first time we actually met in person was when you called and asked if we could go to lunch." Amanda Estrada: "Being able to meet with you was like a breath of fresh air, having someone to relate to and understand. I was really grateful to have someone to talk to." Karen Catt: "There's not a lot of

Public Education Advocates Funk and Mallory Remember and Rally For Rural Schools

Making A Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, is produced for KSMU by Mike Smith, with support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Today, longtime friends Arthur Mallory and Gary Funk talk about their passionate advocacy for public education and rural schools. Arthur Mallory served as President of Missouri State University from 1964-1971, and as Missouri's Commissioner of Education from 1971-1987. Gary Funk is a former educator, school principal, and was President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks from 2003-2010. We pick up the conversation as Arthur Mallory remembers his dad Dillard becoming Superintendent of Dallas County Missouri Schools: Arthur Mallory: "When we drove into Buffalo in August 1944, there was one stoplight on the highway, on highway 65, and one light on the water tower. Those were the lights in town. We moved from the metropolis of Verona Missouri Where my dad was Superintendent of school for 10 years. It was a little bitty town." Gary Funk. "You

Public Education Advocates Funk and Mallory Remember and Rally For Rural Schools

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