First President of Community Foundation of the Ozarks Dies

The woman who moved Community Foundation of the Ozarks from an all-volunteer group and significantly grew the organization’s influence in the region has died after a short illness.

Jan Horton was 87.

“We often credit the CFO’s growth and geographic expansion to standing on the shoulders of the giants who brought the community foundation model to reality in Greene County and then across central and southern Missouri. Jan was clearly among those giants,” CFO said in a statement.

Horton joined CFO in 1988 as the executive director. She moved the organization from an all-volunteer structure, becoming the group’s first employee, and assuming the role of the organization’s President in 1993. She served in that role for a decade until her retirement.

During her leadership, the CFO grew from assets of $1.7 million to nearly $52.5 million for the group and its 19 regional affiliates.

(photo courtesy Community Foundation of the Ozarks)

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