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Community foundations launch Joplin recovery Web site

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Springfield-based Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its largest affiliate, Joplin-based Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri Inc., have launched a new Web site devoted to the Joplin Recovery Fund.

The site - - will measure the progress made by CFO and CFSWMO in raising funds for Joplin's long-term, post-tornado recovery.

"We have donors from virtually every state and several countries who have expressed their care and concern for the Joplin community's recovery, and we want to let everyone interested in our involvement have this resource," CFO President Brian Fogle said in a news release.

In addition to the Joplin Recovery Fund, CFO and CFSWMO have established 12 funds serving a variety of needs for Joplin, including one set up by the city of Joplin, several employer benevolence funds to assist affected workers and their families, a fund for tree reforestation, and a fund for school supplies.

The combined funds, along with CFO's partnership on the Joplin Recovery Fund with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the Tulsa Community Foundation, now total about $2 million.

The site shows all of the funds and includes a list of donors who did not request to remain anonymous. It will be updated periodically with news items, future donors, other new funds and grant information.

CFO's Joplin staff associate Michelle Ducre and CFSWMO Board Chairwoman Lisa Knutzen are developing a community-based group to determine the grantmaking process for the Joplin Recovery Fund.

CFO and CFSWMO established the Joplin Recovery Fund on May 23, with a pledge to direct 100 percent of the donations to the recovery effort.[[In-content Ad]]


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