Presentation on theme: "Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) was established in 1973, and in."— Presentation transcript:
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) was established in 1973, and in 2000 implemented a regional strategy to build philanthropic infrastructure throughout the Missouri Ozarks. Based in Springfield, CFO works with donors, affiliated community foundations, and agency partners to support resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and leadership initiatives. CFO currently has $145 million in charitable assets, 41 affiliated community foundations, and 342 agency partners. In FY09, CFO distributed $15.6 million in grants, including over $6 million in targeted rural grantmaking.
The Importance of Rural Schools Public schools play a critical role in the well-being of small, rural communities and towns that serve as rural hubs. Schools provide a focal point of activity, a sense of civic pride, and a reason for families to stay in place. Schools are the main thread in the community fabric; they provide a sense of purpose.
Our Ozarks Region The Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ 50-county service area is firmly grounded in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks, a unique cultural and geographical region. Predominantly rural, a significant portion of the Missouri Ozarks is designated by the United States Department of Agriculture as an area of “persistent poverty.” In fact, the Foundation currently works in nine of Missouri’s ten poorest counties, including Shannon County, annually listed as one of the poorest counties in the nation.
CFO Response Recognizing the overarching importance of schools to rural development, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ board of directors has launched the Rural Schools Partnership, a holistic program to strengthen small school districts. The Rural Schools Partnership resulted from a year- long planning process involving CFO’s regional committee, public school leaders, affiliated foundation leadership, and area business people.
The Rural Schools Partnership embraces three consensus-based strategies for strengthening rural schools: Develop alternative resources Promote collaborations and partnerships Support place-based education strategies
Program Features: Placed-Based Education The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust will provide $150,000 per year in grantmaking support for cooperative ventures that enhance teaching and learning AND innovative place- based education programs.
Place-Based Education Learning that is rooted in the unique history, environment, economy, and culture of a particular place. The community is the context for learning Student work focuses on important community issues Community members are resources and partners in teaching and learning Products of student learning address community needs.
Place-Based Education Pairs relevance with academic rigor Deep thinking in critical content areas Sustained academic work as researchers and scholars Meet or exceed state and local accountability standards 9
Place-Based Education Models the democratic principles upon which this nation was built Challenges historic patterns of racism, power and low expectations for some children Values the contribution that every child can make Honors every child’s right to exist and succeed
Place-Based Education Increases the social capital available to address pressing community needs and interests Engages youths in partnerships with adults and organizations to provide services the community might not otherwise be able to provide Strengthens young people’s ties to their communities
The Application Process The Coover grantmaking program will provide $150,000 per year in grantmaking support for cooperative ventures that enhance teaching and learning through innovative place-based education programs. Eight to fifteen projects funded annually (range: $10,000 to $20,000 per project). CFO encourages proposals that include local matches or other leveraged resources. Applicants who receive funding will be required to make a presentation on their respective projects at the Rural Schools Partnership conference on May 6, 2010 in Thomasville, MO at the historic Thomasville High School. Please include a travel stipend in your budget proposal.
The Application Process (Continued) You will notice the application process focuses on the conceptual nature of your project or program. One of the highlights of the Rural Education Rendezvous in Thomasville will be an implementation workshop for grant recipients with Dr. Doris Williams of the Rural School and Community Trust. Dr. Williams is a nationally recognized leader in the place-based education movement. Applications require a primary contact, program/project description, collaborating partners, a list of existing resources that ensure success and a program/project budget.
Questions and Answers Applications can be found at: http://www.ruralschoolspartnership.org/grants
Thank you! Gary Funk firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Julie Leeth firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Community Foundation of the Ozarks 425 E Trafficway Springfield, MO 65806 (417) 864-6199