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Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Service Clubs, Economic Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Missouri communities, especially small rural communities, struggle to maintain their livelihood, facilitate growth and improve their quality of life due primarily to a variety of interdependent economic and population challenges. Missouri Community Betterment offers hope by helping community leaders expand personal connections through individual contact, technology use, resource networks, celebrations and gatherings. MCB provides a network for progressive communities that is designed to facilitate, promote and showcase meaningful community efforts and serves as a conduit to technical assistance, funding sources and partnerships. It is also an advocate that encourages community leaders to move forward. The MCB program accomplishes this mission primarily by connecting community needs with available resources and by providing networking and educational opportunities through conferences and webinars to those involved in improving their communities. While Missouri Community Betterment, a nonprofit organization established in 1963, exists to benefit any community within the state, participants are primarily those that lack professional economic and community development, chamber of commerce, or local convention and visitor’s bureau personnel. The most active communities tend to be those in the rural regions of the state with populations less than 5,000 residents and are not necessarily defined by traditional geo-political boundaries as collaboration balanced with individual community pride is encouraged. Most individuals within MCB member communities are volunteers who have gathered a group of people who recognize the need for improvements and take it upon themselves to plan and facilitate group efforts to move their community forward. Many primary contacts are local business owners, elected officials and board members of various civic and nonprofit organizations. Local youth who are interested in leadership and civic engagement are also involved. MCB encourages communities to include and foster their seniors, adults and youth in every aspect of their community betterment efforts.

Results: From 2008 to 2018 MCB Communities poured more than $435,001,329.01 back into their local economies through their community development efforts. MCB has provided service to more than 420 communities throughout their history covering all parts of the state. As the longest standing statewide community betterment/development organization in the nation, we have updated our vision, mission and purpose statements and strategic action plan to focus our efforts on the greatest needs and unique value of our role in ensuring Missouri thrives with connected communities where people desire to live, learn, work, play and visit. As our 55th anniversary year closed in 2018 we are more committed than ever in 2019 to serving grassroots volunteers who are banding together with their neighbors to be changemakers – people who believe in “the possibility of better” – in their communities.

Target demographics: improve the quality of life

Direct beneficiaries per year: community members from 62 rural communities around the state of Missouri.

Geographic areas served: rural communities all across the state of Missouri

Programs: the Youth Civic Leaders Summit (co-hosted with University of Missouri Extension 4-H); our annual youth and adult educational fall conference open to the general public on a statewide level.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As part of the Buffalo, Missouri GRO (Growth in the Rural Ozarks) economic development team, I can say that working with MCB has been like jumpstarting our success. Upon coming on board, we were immediately plugged into valuable resources and expertise. Because MCB understands that each community is unique, they were more than willing to work with us, one-to-one, to determine our needs. Then, they matched us up to the organizations most able to help. Their wide-ranging support base is unparalleled.

Sue Dyle - Buffalo, Mo.

Jim M.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Missouri Community Betterment lives up to its name by serving as a forum where great communities can share ideas with the common goal of making their communities better places in which to live. Many lives have been improved through its efforts in recognizing communities that have carried out projects to create more jobs, address critical shortcomings and increase access to parks, trails, museums and recreation. It goes beyond awards by airing issues common to Missouri communities and finding speakers who offer solutions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Missouri Community Betterment has been a great group to work with! They have consistently supported local communities in Missouri and are a solid resource for children, families, and communities overall.

Their staff is lively, pleasant, and interactive. We have had the pleasure of hosting their annual conference for years, and are proud to be a supporter of their organization. Each year has brought fun and exciting opportunities to engage and interest young people in the health and wellbeing of their communities. It has been a privilege to witness a group being fully dedicated to the positive development of youth in the State of Missouri.