About the Roy W. Slusher Foundation
The Roy W. Slusher Foundation is the legacy of a man who combined extraordinary vision and leadership qualities with a genuine concern for human well being. It was the wish of Roy, and his beloved wife Nora, that a major portion of their wealth be used to give others an opportunity to advance their capabilities. Since its inception in 1988, the Roy W. Slusher Charitable Foundation has distributed $6,700,000 to non-profit organizations in southwest Missouri, and groups elsewhere in the world. The Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications at any time. However, grant applications are reviewed on a semi-annual basis, and application deadlines are March 1 and August 1 of each year.
- Jerry L. Redfern 1988 — present
- G. Dianne Stapleton 2014 — present
- Paulette Combs 2018 – present
- Pastor Dennis Winzenried 2018 – present
- Cindy Simons 2020 – present
Past Grant Committee Members
- Charles A. Fuller, Jr 1988 — 2014
- Margie Berry 2011 — 2019
- Wanda Campbell 2013 — 2020
Row W. Slusher
The Roy W. Slusher Foundation is the legacy of a man who combined extraordinary vision and leadership qualities with a genuine concern for human well being.
Though Mr. Slusher achieved considerable success in Texas oil production and downtown Denver real estate, he never forgot that others helped make his success possible. It was the wish of Mr. Slusher and his wife, Nora, that a major portion of their wealth be used to give others an opportunity to advance their capabilities. Mr. Slusher passed away in 1987.
Nora L. Slusher
Nora was born on October 14, 1915 in Danbury, Nebraska and raised on a farm. As a young woman Nora moved to Denver, CO to attend Business College, where she met young Denver businessman, Roy Slusher. That period was the beginning of a “storybook romance” in which no words of affection were spoken, yet each knew the heart of the other. It was well known by Nora’s friends that her 21 years of marriage to Roy was the happiest time of her life.
Mrs. Slusher chaired the Foundation board from its inception to the date of her death. Her thoughtful and courageous leadership encouraged the board to address many of the urgent social needs of the community.
Nora L. Slusher died in 2011 in Forsyth, Missouri. She was laid to rest next to her beloved late husband, Roy, in McCook, Nebraska.
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