What is a Community Foundation?

We are part of a rapidly growing field of more than 600 community foundations, acting as community savings accounts for regions around the country. We are a non‐profit community organization created by and for the people of the Lake of the Ozarks area.

We are a foundation for the community, making grants to community organizations and building resources. We manage a variety of funds, established by families, individuals and corporations. We're here to help our donors do good work . . . Forever.

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Distinct Features of a Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Lake is Affiliated
with Community Foundation of the Ozarks


As you do your online shopping, please consider using Smile.Amazon.com to designate the Community Foundation of the Lake as your preferred recipient. It is just a couple more clicks, but it will make a big difference. Then hopefully it will become a habit every time you shop online. The proceeds go toward our annual grant round that helps many of the local not-for-profits here at the lake. Together we can make a difference!!



Contact Us

Community Foundation of the Lake
PO Box 1413
Lake Ozark, MO 65049



Grant requests for the Community Foundation of the Lake's 2023 community grants must be received online by clicking on the link below by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2023. The Community Foundation of the Lake grants are available for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits in Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties.


501(c)(3) organizations or other IRS approved entities (government entities, school districts, and churches) serving the Lake of the Ozarks area are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded up to $4,000 to Local Nonprofits to assist in building the educational, cultural, health and economic development of the Lake area.

Contact Jane Wright, CFL president, with questions about this grant program (636) 219-6892, or by email at moijane3@gmail.com. Contact Bridget Dirks for questions about the application process or with technical questions (417) 864-6199.

The Community Foundation of the Lake has awarded more than $565,000 in grants in our Lake community since its inception in 2009.


November 29, 2022
Community Foundation of the Lake Announces $34,000 in Grant Awards for Local Horse & Dog Shelters, Sanctuaries, and Rescue Facilities.

The CFL is pleased to announce grants have been awarded in our 4 th annual grant round earmarked for funding of
horse and dog shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue facilities. This grant is available thanks to a field of interest fund
created by the Karen Jean Rudek Trust. Karen Rudek was a long-time resident of the area who loved her dogs and
horses. Working with her Estate Planner, Karen set up this fund under the Community Foundation of the Lake,
where only the interest earned on the principle would be available for an annual grant. She bequeathed her estate
to this fund upon her death to support horse and dog care in the local communities of Camden, Miller and Morgan
counties. She entrusted stewardship of the fund to the CFL to ensure her long term wishes of animal care were
met in perpetuity. The recipients of this generous award are:

• Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
• Ivy Bend Animal Rescue
• Caring Hearts Dog & Cat Recue
• Ozarks Kat & K9 Shelter


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This annual grant making round will open again next fall and can be found on the CFL website.

Community Foundation of the Lake


To assist in building the educational, cultural, health and economic
development of our community.

How Your Philanthropy Dollars Work Harder in a Foundation

  • We are building a permanent community resource that will provide endowment funds that will grow and benefit our community forever.

  • We help donors create an individual or family legacy and offer a simple way to fulfill multiple charitable intents, with lowcost administration, making us a good alternative to private or family

  • We offer personalized service, including donor and family involvement and education in selecting charities and connecting donors with strategic and highimpact funding opportunities.

  • We accept a wide variety of assets and offer maximum tax advantage.

  • All our funds stay in the community, where they benefit local organizations meeting a broad range of local needs.

  • We can preserve donor intent even when community issues and organizations change.

  • All assets are subject to audit and annual confirmation by an external accounting firm.





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