About the Musgrave Foundation
A Hand Up, Not a Handout
Imagine being able to touch the lives of people you'll never know 10 years... 50 years...even 100 years after your death. That is precisely what Jeannette L. Musgrave did with the formation of her Foundation in 1983. From its inception through 2016, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $14.8 million to selected charities, primarily in Greene and the immediate surrounding counties in Missouri.
Born in 1901 in Fort Scott, Kansas, Jeannette L. Musgrave would later marry Edward F. Musgrave and become his assistant in his Springfield dental practice beginning a lifelong love of nursing and health care. Dr. Musgrave inherited a sizable sum from his family's oil leases in Oklahoma and Texas, which passed to Mrs. Musgrave upon his death in 1970. Having no children, Mrs. Musgrave formed her Foundation in the later years of her life.
Current Grant Committee Members
- Jerry Redfern, Musgrave Foundation Manager, 2003 — present
- Rob Baird, Chairman, 2003 — present
- Thomas Slaight 2005 — present
- Dr. Peggy Riggs 2011 — present
- Thomas J. Carlson 2014 — present
- Ferba Lofton 2016 — present
Past Grant Committee Members
- Junior Cline 1987 — 2015
- Charles A. Fuller, Jr. 1983 — 2014
- Neil Wortley 1991 — 2011
- Sam Gardner 1983 — 2005
- Joe Clark 1983 — 2003
- Norman Trask 1983 — 1991
- Wally Sanderson 1983 — 1987
Supporting Services that
Impact These Categories:
Children & Senior Services
“If I had to list Mrs. Musgrave’s concerns in order of priority, the first would be youth. She wanted to see the under-privileged child given an opportunity”. Charles Fuller – former grant committee chairperson.
Healthcare & Education
Providing scholarships for higher education, especially nursing, is a key focus of the Musgrave Foundation.
Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness
The Musgrave Foundation offers economic assistance to many charities which provide services that address our area’s growing problem with poverty, hunger, and homelessness.
Arts & Community Betterment
The Musgrave Foundation has been a generous supporter of the arts and other projects which enhance the betterment of the community.