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CFO taking Humanitarian Award nominations


The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting nominations for the 2023 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of their community. The deadline for nominations is noon Sept. 22. Nominations must be made online at formstack.com/forms/CFO-humanitarian.

The recipient of the Humanitarian Award will be honored with others recognized in celebration of National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 28. The CFO is partnering with the Missouri Ozark Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to honor a wide range of individuals and organizations for their contributions to the region.

An independent committee organized by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will evaluate the nominations. The committee plans to include chamber representatives from West Plains, Branson and Joplin along with clergy members from Springfield. Springfield Chamber Chair-elect Brian Hammons will chair the committee.

According to officials, humanitarian nominees should be “an individual who has the courage to take decisive action, the wisdom to face aggressive challenges, and the willingness to sacrifice to affect these causes that have a long-term impact on the betterment of the community.”

The award is designed to recognize a living person; posthumous nominations are not accepted. More criteria information is available at cfozarks.org/humanitarian.

The National Philanthropy Day luncheon will take place Nov. 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. The winner will be honored there with a cash award, which the recipient traditionally donates to a favorite charity.

This year will mark the 34th annual Humanitarian Award. The award was founded by the late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, a significant donor to the CFO. She left several bequests in her estate to the CFO that have significantly increased the CFO’s unrestricted grantmaking endowment, along with endowments designated for First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, Drury University, Cottey College and College of the Ozarks.

Founded in 1973, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is marking its 50th anniversary in 2023 as the region’s largest public charitable foundation serving a network of donors, 53 regional affiliate foundations and nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri through its mission of resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.