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



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.

Distinct Features of a Community Foundation

Contact Us

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


    CFL Announces the Opening of the Karen Jean Rudek Grant Round for horse and dog shelters, sanctuaries and rescue facilities:

    The Community Foundation of the Lake is pleased to announce a grant round earmarked for funding of horse and dog shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue facilities.  This grant is not for funding of salaries, utilities or rent. The grant round will open October 5, 2023 and closes at 11:45 p.m. November 6, 2023.  Interested nonprofits should consult the Community Foundation of the Lake website at for more information.  The link to the grant hub is Grant awards will range from $500 to $10,000 and be limited to only funding shelters, sanctuaries and rescue facilities for horses and dogs in Morgan, Miller and Camden counties.  This grant is available thanks to a field of interest fund created by the Karen Jean Rudek Trust.  All questions should be directed to David Boyd at (417) 569-9880.

    November 12-18: Community Foundation Week




    Community Foundation of the Lake Awards $56,000 in grants.

    Community Foundation of the Lake (CFL) awarded $56,000 to 21 Local Non Profits at the Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Dinner on March 15th. 

    The 2023 grantees are as follows:

    Big Brothers Big Sisters to sponsor 2 new matches in the school/mentorship program
    Branches for the Lake to fund Magic Dragons school for biking
    CADV to support needs of survivors of domestic violence
    Child Advocacy Council to buy school supplies for the BTS fair
    Children’s Learning Center for classroom expansion support
    Community for Christ Outreach Center to purchase different proteins for families in need
    Dream Factory of Lake of the Ozarks for dream granting for critically ill children
    Food for Morgan County to continue diabetes education
    Heroes Outreach Program to support gatherings for VETS & 1st responders with PTSD in Camdenton
    Kids' Harbor to purchase new furniture for common facilities
    Lake Area Industries to purchase garden center wagons
    Lake Area Needs Initiative to fund the vehicle repair program
    Lake Arts Council to fund a children’s workshop
    Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club to assist children living in poverty
    Lake Ozark Fire Protection District for CPR education program
    Medical Missions for Christ to rent storage for medical equipment
    Osage Beach Senior Center to provide quality meals for seniors
    The Changing Table to buy diapers for rural families
    The Healing Box Project for gas cards for VET transportation expense
    Westlake Aquatic Center to fund youth swim lessons
    Wonderland Camp to fund the gap to send campers to camp

    CFL President, Jane Wright, stated, “I want to thank our loyal supporters without whom we could not continue to implement improvements on health issues, give attention to the arts, and support educational needs identified in our grant making program.”

    The Community Foundation of the Lake is a growing resource to receive & grant local community funds donated by families, & corporations.  Donations may be in any amount, unrestricted to benefit any community need or restricted by donor designation used for a specific program or purpose as the donor identifies.  All CFL funds stay in the Lake area where they benefit a broad range of local community needs.  CFL has awarded more than $550,000 in grants in our Lake community since its inception in 2009. 

    The Community Foundation of the Lake has awarded more than $665,000 in grants in our Lake community since its inception in 2009.

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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