The Community Foundation of the Ozarks recently awarded $12,000 to the Houston R-1 Education Foundation for successfully completing the Harry Cooper Supply Co. Campaign for the Ozarks to build long-term education funding through philanthropy.

The HEF raised $28,786 to receive the matching funds through the Cooper Phase II Challenge for members of the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership during 2010. The total of $40,786 is designated for both the Houston R-1 Educational Foundation Endowment Fund and the George and Nancy Boesl Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund originally was established by the First Baptist Church of Houston and has since been moved to the Houston Community Foundation and the Houston Education Foundation, both affiliated with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Houston was among 26 southern Missouri rural schools to participate in the year-long challenge grant opportunity, which raised nearly $1 million from generous donors and the Harry Cooper Supply Co. to build long-term sustainability for these districts. The other districts include Alton, Aurora, Ava, Bolivar, Bradleyville, Cassville, Dallas County, Dora, Eminence, Fair Grove, Fairview, Gainesville, Hermann, Hollister, Lockwood, Logan-Rogersville, Monett, Nixa, Reeds Spring, Seymour, Valle, Warsaw, Weaubleau, West Plains and Willard.

The Harry Cooper Supply Co. Campaign for the Ozarks Phase II Challenge supports the goals of the Rural Schools Partnership, which include developing school foundations and philanthropic assets to maintain rural schools as anchors of their communities. The first phase of the Cooper Challenge, which marked the Springfield-based firm’s first 100 years of business in 2008, worked to build similar endowments for the CFO’s affiliate foundations across southern Missouri. The mission of the Cooper Challenges is rooted in the principle that successful rural schools and communities are intertwined in creating economic development to benefit all of their residents.


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