2019 Annual Event

“Rethinking Small Town America”


Keynote Speaker, Andrew McCrea….Popular author…nationally syndicated radio broadcaster and local farmer and rancher.  Mr. McCrea will speak about “Rethinking Small Town America”.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Doors Open – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Program – 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Stoney Creek Inn

1201 Woodbine Rd, St Joseph MO

2017 Annual Event

Keynote Speaker

Ron Drake

Author of the book Flip This Town


Friday, February 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

(Doors open at 8:15 a.m.)


Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.


JW Jones Student Union – Ballroom

(campus of Northwest Missouri State University)

800 University Drive

Maryville, MO 64468


$30.00 per person

2016 Annual Event

2016 Annual Event

Keynote Speaker

Cliff Illig

Co-Founder of Cerner Corporation and Sporting KC


Friday, February 5, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

(Doors open at 8:15 a.m.)


Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.


Fulkerson Center

(campus of Missouri Western State University)

4525 Downs Drive

St. Joseph, MO 64507


$30.00 per person


For more information call (816)232-2022

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Regional Vitality Caucus

We will hold a Caucus on November 10th, 2015 at two locations to report on the findings of the six Regional Vitality meetings and discuss next steps.

November 10th, 2015
9 – 11:30 AM
Trenton – Barton Farm Campus of NCMC
96 SE 8th Avenue
Trenton, MO 64683

November 10th, 2015
3 – 5:30 PM
Savannah – Clasbey Center
402 Court Street
Savannah, MO 64485

Reservations are encouraged – we want to make sure there’s enough coffee and materials!
Please call 816-232-2022 or email mary@cfnwmo.org with your attendance numbers

Regional Vitality Initiative Upcoming ‘Join the Conversation’ gatherings

6 Regional Meetings Set for Regional Vitality – Discussion in Northwest Missouri

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri is hosting 6 regional gatherings to present data and information collected about our region.  This will include highlighting regional assets and opportunities. Break out discussions will be around the regional topics of: Business, Entrepreneurship, Work Force Development, Quality of Life, and Education. All Northwest Missouri residents are invited to participate.

The Regional Vitality initiative is intended to support the Northwest Missouri citizens and leaders in creating sustainable systems supporting regional collaboration that drives regional prosperity and in turn philanthropy. The Foundation believes our region can best maximize its potential when our communities strategically plan and work together on developing economic systems that benefit all, but may be too difficult for anyone community to achieve.

The Regional Vitality Network is designed to guide dialogue throughout the region around the topics of workforce, business development, entrepreneurship, educational attainment and quality of life. Focus of the dialogue is on the region’s potential to create and maintain sustainable quality jobs, businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Thriving regions provide conditions that allow companies and other entities to compete successfully in national and international markets while also paying wages that support a higher standard of living for its citizens.

About the meetings

The meetings start at 9 AM and ends at 2 PM.  Lunch is complimentary so a reservation is required.  Participants will receive information gathered on the region, handouts concerning the break out discussion they choose to attend, and information on the new ways to interact online with regional residents about topics important to them. For reservations click here  

9/ 16 / 15 Maryville 9 AM – 2 PM

Northwest Missouri State University

800 University Drive -J W Jones Student Union


9/30/15 Chillicothe 9 AM – 2 PM

Days Inn – 606 W. Bus. Hwy 36

Chillicothe, MO 64601


10/13/15 Country Club Village

9 AM – 2 PM

50 Ridgeland Road

Country Club, MO 64505


10/14 /15 Albany 9 AM – 2 PM

Community Center –

200 W. Rigney Street


10/14/15 Brookfield -9 AM – 2 PM

High School –

LCACTC Conference Room

124 Pershing Road


10/20/15 Trenton 9 AM – 2 PM

First Baptist Church –

2421 Oklahoma Avenue


2015 Annual Event

Keynote Speaker: Tom Bloch

Our 4th Annual Event was a huge success.  The keynote speaker was Tom Bloch.  In 1976, Tom Bloch joined H&R Block, the world’s largest tax services provider, where his father was CEO. In 1981, after introducing automation to the company’s office network, he was elected President of the Tax Operations. Later, he oversaw the company’s innovative practice of filing tax returns electronically to the IRS, which revolutionized the industry. Bloch was promoted to President of the corporation in 1989 and CEO in 1992. His second career began in 1995 as a middle school math teacher at St. Francis Xavier, an inner city parochial school. Five years later, he co-founded the University Academy, a public charter school in Kansas City. Bloch continues to teach 7th and 8th grade math at the urban college prep school he helped design and launch. Academy has grown from 200 students in grades seven through nine in its first year to over 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The school moved into a new, $40 million facility in 2005, and it became the first school in Missouri to receive a ten-year extension of its charter. Over the last five years, all but two graduates of the Academy have gone on to attend college, an almost unheard-of success rate for an urban school. Bloch is the author of Stand for the Best, a memoir about his journey from CEO to inner city teacher and school founder. He graduated cum laude in 1976 from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.


Alliance of Missouri Community Foundations Meeting

Alliance of Missouri Community Foundations 9-14

The Alliance of Missouri Community Foundations met on September 26, 2014 in Columbia MO.  The Alliance was formed in 2012 so all 10 Community Foundations in MO can begin collaborating to make Missouri a better place to live.  They meet quarterly to network and share ideas.

Ribbon Cutting

The Community Foundation held a ribbon cutting to celebrate our new office location. We moved to our new location on May 1 which provides us with more space and private offices. Thanks to all who came out and celebrated with us!



Ribbon Cutting 1

Third Annual Event- Big Success

Jeff Yost joined NCF as Vice President in 1998 and was appointed President and CEO in 2003. Under Jeff’s leadership NCF has sustained a continuous year-over-year growth. Jeff has been instrumental in developing NCF’s unique profile among community foundations nationwide. He has guided NCF’s evolution as an institution that uses philanthropy as a tool for rural community capacity building and economic development.

Jeff is the author of numerous articles and provides lectures and consulting throughout the U.S. and internationally. Topics focus on the power of philanthropy when it transcends the model of traditional charity and the phenomena of the intergenerational transfer of wealth within the context of small rural places. In the past 10 years, Jeff has worked in over 25 states and internationally in Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the former Soviet Union.

Jeff’s other leadership positions include serving as a co-founder and chair of the HomeTown Competitiveness collaborative (an award winning community economic development framework), Nebraska representative on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Community Development Advisory Council, a member of the Council on Foundations’ national task force on community leadership, adjunct faculty for the University of Nebraska–Department of Public Administration and a member of the Nebraska State Library Advisory Council.

Yost was honored for his professional and volunteer work in 2002 by being selected one of the Lincoln Journal-Star’s “20 under 40–Lincoln’s Emerging Leaders.”

Prior to joining NCF, Jeff served as a policy and budget advisor to Nebraska Governor E. Benjamin Nelson. Jeff received bachelor’s degrees in economics and agricultural business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a lifelong Nebraska
resident and a native of Red Cloud. Yost and his wife Cindy Ryman Yost have three young children, Elizabeth, Carter and Harrison.