What is The Founders Fund?
The Junior League of Springfield (JLS) created an endowed fund in honor and memory of JLS Founders, Patty Brooks, Cynthia Hollander, Jan Knauer Horton, Suzanne Tynes and Ann Wakeman, to represent the importance and magnitude of the Founders’ commitment to our community and their dedication to the training of women leaders.
The Founders Fund will award at least one (1) scholarship(s) and at least (1) community grant(s) annually in the spring in accordance with the guidelines as set forth in the JLS bylaws and policies.
The annual recipient of the scholarship(s) and grant(s) shall each represent the interests of the JLS Founders, as well as the stated mission, vision, values and diversity and inclusion statement of JLS.
The Junior League of Springfield (JLS) leverages its resources to address issues of need in our community. Historically, JLS focused on child abuse and neglect. In recent years, JLS has widened its impact to also focus on the needs of underserviced and disadvantaged women and children in our community. JLS impacts these issues through advocacy, direct service, and volunteer time. We collaborate with local experts and organizations to develop strong intervention programs, raise community awareness, and make a difference. JLS was instrumental in developing the following projects and programs to benefit the Springfield Community:
- Girls Club (now Boys & Girls Club)
- KOZK, Ozarks Public Television
- Child Advocacy Center
- History Museum of the Ozarks
- Community Needs Assessment Survey (now Community Focus Report)
- Isabel’s House, Crises Nursery of the Ozarks
- Discovery Center of Springfield
- American Red Cross Blood Mobile
- Greene County Teen Court
- Leadership Springfield
- Ronald McDonald House
- Mobile Dental Care Unit