Community Foundation of the Ozarks sponsors mass Daffodil planting
Wed, 01/18/2023 - 4:45pm admin
The Mountain View-Birch Tree FFA Chapter has beautified the Liberty High school with a mass planting of 1,000 daffodil bulbs to bloom in spring 2023 to commemorate the spirit of philanthropy across the region.
The daffodil project was a joint effort between the Jacks Fork Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023 by providing 50,000 daffodil bulbs, which were planted in more than 40 communities this fall.
The daffodils were planted at Liberty High School with support from the Mountain View Garden Club, Jacks Fork Community Foundation, and the Mountain View-Birch Tree FFA Chapter. The CFO provided assistance for the planting, site preparation, and related efforts with a 1,000 dollar grant made possible by St. Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation administered by the CFO in partnership with Commerce Trust. This donation was initially awarded to the Jacks Fork Community Foundation. Through this project the Jacks Fork Community Foundation has helped provide assistance to the Mountain View- Birch Tree FFA Chapter, including a monetary donation that will be used for future beautification projects around the school and to help with the future upkeep of the daffodil gardens around the Liberty High School.
Daffodils were selected for this anniversary project because they naturally spread and multiply over time as a symbol of the impact philanthropy and planned giving have on communities that support the CFO’s 53-member network of affiliate foundations.
“We would not be the region’s leading public charitable foundation today without the strong partnerships we have formed through our affiliate network,” CFO President Brian Fogle said, “We are so pleased to join with our affiliates in commemorating 50 years of philanthropy with these vibrant displays of growth and renewal for years to come.”
The CFO was founded in 1973 by members of the Greene County Estate Planning Council. Its initial assets of $1,500 have grown to $375 million as of June 30. During that same time, the CFO and its affiliate foundations have made more than $500 million in grants and distributions. In 2023, the Affiliate Network will mark its 30th anniversary dating to the Nixa Community Foundation’s founding in 1993.