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Community Foundation of the Ozarks is facilitating funds to aid SPS students and their parents.
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Community Foundation of the Ozarks is facilitating funds to aid SPS students and their parents.

Donors double CFO learning support program dollars

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Last edited 12:58 p.m., Sept. 3, 2020

After Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. in July pledged $100,000 in grants for learning support programs, donors since have more than doubled the funding.

CFO announced yesterday that an additional $108,640 was secured for the nonprofit's Springfield Public Schools In-Person Learning Support Program, according to a news release. During the first round of grants last month, $121,000 was provided to seven nonprofits with help from a $20,000 Rice Family Foundation donation.

The announcement yesterday indicated an anonymous donor is providing $71,000 to support learning support programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, Ozarks Regional YMCA and Springfield Dream Center. Additionally, the Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation, managed by Central Trust Co., is awarding $22,640 to the Drew Lewis Foundation; and Trinity Presbyterian Church is issuing $15,000 to support projects from the SPS In-Person Learning Support Program.

“We are grateful to the Ball Foundation, Trinity Presbyterian and the anonymous funder for stepping up to meet this community need,” said Brian Fogle, president and CEO of CFO, in the release. "Collaboration has long been a strength of our community and even more important during an unprecedented time like this.”

CFO's $100,000 pledge in July to support SPS students and their parents is part of its multimillion-dollar COVID-19 fund. Grants through the SPS program are being provided to organizations that offer provide services to low-income families; serve children of essential workers, including educators; and provide safe learning environments that include sanitation and physical distancing protocols during SPS' reopening plan that includes a mix of in-person and virtual learning.

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