Join us for Give Ozarks introductory session on Dec. 16

Give-Ozarks-Blue-GreenIf you are a member of the Rural Schools Partnership and were not present at our Give Ozarks education session at the Springfield Art Museum on Nov. 12, then this post is for you.

We are certain that you don’t want to let the opportunity to participate in the first ever Give Ozarks pass you by!  Knowing that this is a very busy time of year, we are hosting another training session on Tuesday, December 16, 9-10 am at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.  (If you attended the meeting in November, feel free to send someone else from your agency or come again.) Please email Julie Leeth to let her know you will be attending —

Give Ozarks Day is our first region-wide online giving day, intended to build funds for our non-profit partners, raise awareness of philanthropy, and reach donors who support and promote causes on line. The CFO has committed $100,000 for endowment matching that day and we hope to have an additional $90,000 for incentives and prizes for those agencies choosing to raise funds for operations or special projects.

Take a look at this link for additional information and also to see the businesses and individuals who believe in your work and have already committed to this day.

This is a new concept for our area, so if you have questions about how this will work please contact us.  We hope you will choose to be a part of this initial Give Ozarks day for our area!

Student Conservation Grant deadline is Nov. 7

Just a reminder to teachers and Youth Empowerment Project members across our area: Applications for 2014 YEP Student Conservation Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 (that’s a week from this posting).

Up to $10,000  is available for student-led conservation projects. The Student Conservation grants are funded through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural Schools Conservation Fund and the Rural Schools Conservation Fund. All grants will be awarded through Youth Empowerment Project chapters. Please speak with your district’s YEP sponsor, or call Bridget Dierks at (417) 864-6199, for more information.

Ready to apply? You can find the online application here.


Reeds Spring’s Jim Holt highlighted as OPTV “American Graduate Champion”

Jim Holt, the retired administrator for Reeds Spring Public Schools and current president of the Reeds Spring Educaiton Foundation, is the subject of Ozarks Public Television’s latest American Graduate Champions segment.

Holt is the driving force behind the foundation, which holds an annual “Reeds Spring Pack Night” at Branson’s Dixie Stampede dinner theater. The event raises money for scholarships for Reeds Spring seniors. The 2014 event raised more than $38,000, and has increased each year.

Holt is also the president of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation, a CFO affiliate serving Stone County.