Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: January 18, 2010

Last Updated: January 18, 2010

 Rural Schools Partnership
January 18, 2010
Bradleyville School Foundation Receives $10,000 Matching Grant
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that the Bradleyville School Foundation has successfully raised $29,027.96 for the Fund for Bradleyville Schools and earned a $10,000 matching grant from the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks Phase II. This endowment fund will provide annual distributions to support the good work of the Bradleyville School District. Out of 25 participating communities, Bradleyville is the first Cooper Phase II participant to meet its fund raising goal! For a complete list of Cooper participants go to
The challenge grant program supports the development of academic-oriented endowment funds and is a key component of the Foundation's Rural School Partnership program. The Rural Schools Partnership, launched in August 2009, is dedicated to assisting rural schools with charitable resource development, community collaboration, and place-based education. Currently, 87 rural communities are members of Rural Schools Partnership.
The Bradleyville School Foundation is a component fund of the Taney County Community Foundation, which has 37 charitable funds with nearly $2.8 million in total assets. Since its inception, the Taney County Community Foundation has granted approximately $350,000 in charitable distributions since its inception in 2002.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public foundation established in 1973. It supports asset development, community-based grant making, organizational collaboration, and leadership initiatives throughout southern Missouri. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is comprised of 41 affiliate community foundations and more than 1,700 charitable funds totaling approximately $145 million.
New Fund
Community Foundation Dual Credit Scholarship Fund — this organizational endowment fund has been established by the Gasconade County R-1 School District with the purpose of supporting academic programs in the school district. This fund is part of the Cooper Phase II Challenge. This fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area, Inc.
Wellness Grants Deadline Changed to January 29, 2010
Due to the inclement weather and subsequent school closings, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has moved the Wellness Grants deadline back to January 29, 2010. Thanks to the generosity of the Ed and Virginia Herr Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks through its Rural Schools Partnership is offering a competitive grant program for student-centered community or school-based wellness programs. There will be $10,000 available, and we anticipate awarding between 8–12 projects. Requests in the range of $500 and $1,500 will be considered. For more information go to
60-Second Challenge YouTube Videos Due February 15th
Is your YEP or RSP student-grant award recipient group ready to create a 60 second video on one of their projects? Please have your students read below for the details:
What can you accomplish in 60 seconds?
Cook an egg? Mundane. Run a 440? In your dreams. Send a text message? Aren't you the rocket scientist. Help change the world? Well, why not!
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Youth Empowerment Project of the Ozarks are pleased to announce the 60 Second Challenge. The Challenge is a contest to see which organization can create the best YouTube film that portrays, describes, or highlights its work or project. The trick: videos cannot exceed one minute in length. The 60 Second Challenge can be created from two organizations: YEP organizations can make a video about projects that are currently underway, and groups that receive project funding from the Rural School Partnership's Conco Community Arts grants, student conservation grants, or student wellness grants can present on their grant projects.
Imagination and originality are encouraged. In fact, see if you are intellectually capable of transcending mere Facebook posturing. Action films, dramatic reenactments, poetry slams, breaking into spontaneous song, dressing up like Visigoths, and even interpretive dance are all welcome. Entries will be judged on their entertainment, creative, and informational merits.
Why would you do this (besides being part of a generation that enjoys looking at one another on a computer screen)? Well, you can win a hefty amount of cash for your YEP group or organization. The grand prize will be $2,500, second prize is $1,000, and three $500 third prizes will be awarded. Also, the 60 Second Challenge will be judged by your peers, members of Springfield's YEP board (who are not eligible to participate — thanks to the O'Reilly's, they have enough stinkin' moolah!). The entry deadline is February 15, 2010.
Of course, this is about more than money or prizes. All suitable entries will be featured on a 60 Second Challenge web page, and our hope is that this wacky contest will become a forum for sharing the good and important work of high school students from across the region.
Okay. Get after it, Tarentino. We dare you!
Entry procedures
1. Notify Bridget Dierks () in writing that you are entering the contest. This notification should include organization, name of film, and primary contact. Letters of notification must be received by February 15th, 2010.
2. Make sure that your video does not exceed 60 seconds in length — any film longer than 60 seconds will be disqualified. There will be no exceptions.
3. Post your video on YouTube and send us the link. We will take it from there.
The Purpose of This Newsletter
The Rural Schools Partnership Weekly Newsletter represents our Foundation’s commitment to keeping you informed about this important new initiative. If you know of others who should receive the newsletter, please drop a note to Gary Funk, President and C.E.O., Community Foundation of the Ozarks, at
Gary Funk | President and C.E.O.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 E. Trafficway
Springfield, MO 65806