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.

About US

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 to date in 2015, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $13.5 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

    • Rob Baird, Chairman, 2003 — present
    • Junior Cline 1987 — present
    • Thomas Slaight 2005 — present
    • Dr. Peggy Riggs 2011 — present
    • Thomas J. Carlson 2014 — present

  • Past Grant Committee Members

    • 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