Purpose and Impact

The Darr Family Foundation (DFF) understands that communities become stronger and more vibrant places to live when everyone has access to the resources they need to maximize their potential, and is committed to providing financial resources to agencies working in areas that align with the mission and vision of the foundation. 

  • OPEN GRANT CYCLE – Due to recent long-term investments made in local education system to further the mission of the Foundation, the Open Grant Cycle has been temporarily suspended and no grant applications are currently being accepted. Thank you for your continued impactful work in our community.

AGRICULTURE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP WITH SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY – In 2019, the Darr Family Foundation, in partnership with William H. Darr, announced a $6.5 million gift to Missouri State University to build a small animal education facility on the Darr College of Agriculture campus as well as a magnet school based in Agriculture for Springfield Public Schools 4th, 5th and 6th graders. For more information, contact Heather Zoromski at 417-888-1495 or HERE. A huge thanks to local media partners for their great coverage of this groundbreaking project. Links to all news coverage can be found here: Springfield News-Leader, Missouri State University, and KY3.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND LITERACY – In 2018, the Board of Directors of the Darr Family Foundation allocated 60% of annual funding to an Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative that will effectively improve kindergarten readiness and literacy skills in Springfield children ages birth through third grade. On January 5, 2018, in partnership with Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Musgrave Foundation, a $1,010,000 award  was presented to Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  Through their Every Child Promise initiative, they will be working to increase access to quality preschool for under resourced families, provide training for educators in the “Conscious Discipline” methodology, and encourage parents to have their children screened for developmental milestones. This program will impact over 2,000 children in the Springfield community over the next five years. For more information regarding this initiative, please contact Heather Zoromski at 417-888-1495 or HERE.  A special thanks to local media partners providing coverage for this exciting endeavor. Links to news coverage can be found here:  KY3/KSPR, FOX 5 KRBK, and the Springfield News-leader.