The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committing $1 million in charitable funding to its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support nonprofit agencies affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  

This assistance is targeted for nonprofits working to support vulnerable residents across the CFO’s 58-county service region of central and southern Missouri. As “second responders” in disaster circumstances, nonprofits are called upon to provide services such as child care, needs of seniors and other high-risk individuals, food insecurity, transportation, and physical and mental well-being.

The initial funding for this commitment is provided by the CFO, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust Co. 

The CFO will announce an accelerated grant-making process within several days. Information will be posted at cfozarks.org/COVID19 and distributed via traditional and social media channels.  

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund continues to accept donations from the general public at cfozarks.org/donate. Checks can be sent to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. Note “COVID-19” on the check. 

The CFO is cited in Springfield-Greene County’s long-term disaster recovery plan as the lead charitable foundation to coordinate the philanthropic response to a community emergency. The CFO will convene area grant-makers to coordinate additional funding opportunities either through the CFO’s COVID-19 fund or by reducing duplication of effort among philanthropic funders.

The impact occurring for nonprofits across the region holds many similarities to the CFO’s experience in providing disaster response and recovery through philanthropy since 2003. 

The CFO grants to 501(c)(3) and equivalent nonprofits, such as faith and civic entities, which in turn provide services to their constituents. Under Internal Revenue Service rules, the CFO does not make grants directly to individuals. 

Local nonprofits in Dallas County are eligible. For more information, contact Joy Beamer, Dallas County Community Foundation president, at (417) 345-2224 or joyb@buffaloreflex.com.

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