A total of 14 organizations providing a wide array of services to Carthage and the surrounding area got financial boosts from people who left a legacy of giving through the Carthage Community Foundation.

Editor's note: The Carthage Press will have more details about some of these grants, the groups receiving them and their plans for the money in future stories.

A total of 14 organizations providing a wide array of services to Carthage and the surrounding area got financial boosts from people who left a legacy of giving through the Carthage Community Foundation.
The Foundation held its Fall grant award luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 26 and gave $35,815 in grants to 14 organizations.
It's one of two times during the year that the Community Foundation gives out grants, according to Foundation Board President Chuck Bryant.
Bryant said the grants were made possible by people who decided to leave a legacy in the community that continued even after they passed on.
“We're very excited to be able to give grants out to these worthy causes in every way and we would love to give more,” Bryant said. “So what I said at the very beginning of this, there are opportunities you have to set aside something in your life to benefit a program or an activity or something you want to see started.”
The board made five awards to groups affecting heath and human services in and around Carthage:
• Community Clinic - Prescription Drug Assistance for Carthage Residents - $2,500
• Lafayette House - Kitchen upgrades for Transitional House - $2,500
• Feeding, Inc - Heating & cooling system - $2,500
• Carthage Crisis Center - Emergency lighting & recycling partition - $2,500
• Joplin Regional Medical School - Year 3 of 5-Year Pledge - $5,000.
It gave five grants to organizations affecting education and youth services:
• Carthage Tech & Career Center - ACT Work Keys Testing for career readiness - $2,500
• Fair Acres YMCA - 2nd Grade Water Safety Program with Carthage R-9 - $2,500
• Carthage Family Literacy Council - 3 new Free Little Libraries - $2,500
• Bright Futures Carthage - Weekend Snack Pack Meals - $2,500
• Carthage High School Boys & Girls Golf Teams - $815 - Special grant in memory of Gary Doerge
It gave four grants to organizations affecting the arts, culture, history and community beautification in Carthage:
• Vision Carthage/Hearts & Hammers/Habitat - Additional Grant Street restoration - $2,500
• Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre - Summer theatrical camp for grades 3 – 8 - $2,500
• Carthage Historic Preservation - Restoration project at Phelps House for bridal suite - $2,500
• Carthage Council on the Arts - Music programs at St. Luke’s, Oak Pointe & Carthage Health & Rehab - $2,500.
Carthage Community Foundation works with individuals, families and organizations in the community to establish permanent endowments that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by investing in the Carthage community.
Bryant said these grants are made possible by generous individuals who left portions of their estates to Carthage for the betterment of the community for years to come. The following endowments at Carthage Community Foundation provided the grant funding for today’s awards:
• The Carthage Fund
• The Hough Fund
• Kenneth and Addean MacArthur Trust Fund
• Marsh Family Foundation Fund
• J. Ross and Maryetta E. White Memorial Fund
• George & Geraldine Beimdiek Memorial Fund
To learn more about the Carthage Community Foundation, establish a fund, or make a gift to CCF or one of our agency partners, please visit cfozarks.org/carthage or facebook.com/carthagecf.
The mission of Carthage Community Foundation (CCF) is to establish permanent endowments that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by investing in the Carthage community. CCF is governed by a Board of Directors, chosen for their knowledge of the area. Investments are guided by an Investment Committee of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, following a prudent investment policy for long-term endowments.