Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO)’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our region.
CFO 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 network of donors, regional affiliate foundations, nonprofit partners and professional advisors through approximately 3,500 charitable funds.
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