Today, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) will receive $195,750 in Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits that will allow the organization to raise up to $391,500 in funds for the organization. The SOP will be able to sell the tax credits over the next three years.
“This program is helping to build stronger communities and bettering the lives of thousands of people,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “As a department, we help bring more opportunities to more Missourians, and the Neighborhood Assistance Program is one way that we are delivering on that promise.”
The SOP is a non-profit community engagement organization that facilitates community development efforts in the four-county area surrounding Fort Leonard Wood (FLW). The SOPs targeted participants are organizations that focus on employment opportunities and quality of life concerns of the citizens in the four counties. SOP provides an organized, inclusive platform for independent organizations and regional leaders that allows them to communicate with each other, collaborate on programs of mutual interest, and use resources more efficiently.
The SOP analyzes and responds to Army proposals that affect Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) and the region, informing and organizing public participation related to those proposals and providing white papers and other assessment results to inform the Army. The SOP is the only kind of organization that can tie the needs of four counties and an Army installation together in a manner that benefits the cities, counties, State of Missouri, and Department of Defense interests.
As part of the NAP tax credits program, the SOP will work to accomplish the following three objectives:
- Assist with the creation of an expanded certification and credentialing program to assist military service members reintegrating to civilian life.
- Implement a national marketing program for the Fort Leonard Wood Region to attract new employers to the region and create jobs for veterans and their families.
- Enhance Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Joint Use Airport to support and attract regional businesses, create jobs, and expand awareness in the military command that FLW is a readily accessible base worthy of continued support.
The NAP tax credit program is important to the organization’s fundraising strategy; however, the SOP has developed a diverse fundraising model that includes a tiered sustaining member program. Currently, the SOP has 20 Tier 1 Sustaining Members, three Tier 2 Sustaining Members, and 12 Tier 3 Sustaining Members.
The NAP tax credits are a fundraising tool that helps nonprofit organizations attract the donation of funds that are necessary to carry a project through to its completion. NAP tax credits enable eligible donors to redirect their Missouri tax dollars to the SOP so they’re able to have some control over where their tax dollars are spent.
For further information about the NAP tax credits available through the SOP, visit www.sustainableozarks.org or call Bob Chapman at 573-329-8500.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood Region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.