Stafford Family Charitable Trust Grant

Stafford Family Charitable Trust

Grant amount: US $1,500 - US $30,000

Next anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 30, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Missouri: Audrain County, Boone County, Callaway County, Cole County, Cooper County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Established in 1988 by the late J.W. “Stan” Stafford and Lois Smith Stafford, the Stafford Family Charitable Trust has generously distributed over $1.5 million in gifts to local charitable organizations that benefit the Central Missouri community.

The Stafford’s owned and operated the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Columbia, Inc. for over 60 years until they sold the company in 1986. Following the sale of the business, the Stafford’s established the trust as a way to express appreciation for support they received from the community over the years. “We had a lot to be thankful for,” Stan Stafford said. “We decided to give some of it back.”

The Stafford’s philanthropy has touched all three local college campuses, including funding for the Columbia College Library, Stephens College restoration of its parlors, and University of Missouri School of Medicine. Gifts have also been made to numerous children’s/family-oriented organizations, such as Camp Hickory Hill, Rainbow House and Salvation Army. Lois Stafford would say, “We made all our money in the community. We need to help the people here.” 

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  • Contributions will be limited to those charitable causes and institutions servicing the Central Missouri area
    • (Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Randolph & Osage counties)
  • Contributions are limited to organizations that are exempt from federal income tax.


  • Requests for capital funds will receive primary consideration.

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