The Aurora Area Community Foundation received the “Generosity Advocates” award at the annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference presented by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The AACF was cited for its work throughout the community to tackle the issue of blighted buildings and make Aurora a more beautiful place to live. The AACF also opened the Charles and Arlene Spangler Endowment Fund, which created a $500,000 unrestricted endowment that will add about $20,000 to the AACF’s annual grantmaking budget.

The AACF received $250 at the April conference for its unrestricted grantmaking fund in appreciation for its work.

“We believe in the affiliate foundation model because we believe that local leaders are best positioned to understand the needs and resources in their communities,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “Aurora is an outstanding example on both counts, as demonstrated by these efforts over the past year.”

The AACF Board of Directors is comprised of: Jack Muench, President; James Ferguson, Secretary/Treasurer; Scott Pettit; Randy Howard; Joseph Woodcock; Debbie Stanley; and Linda Cook.

The AACF was founded in 2006 and holds nearly 30 funds with assets of $3.7 million as of March 31.