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Laura's Fund


Laura Malzner built a 25-year career managing state and federal grant funding, including sixteen years with the Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri (CTF).  Hired as Program Specialist in 2005, Laura retired as the CTF Program Director in 2021. In this role, Laura oversaw all of CTF’s statewide child abuse and neglect prevention grant programs.


“My favorite part of managing CTF’s grant programs was meeting and building partnerships with so many courageous people who work every day to not only protect children, but to create a world in which they can thrive,” Laura said. “I consider myself very honored for having had the opportunity.”


In honor of her many years of service before her retirement in 2021, the General Assembly authorized funding for the new Laura’s Fund Grant: A grant for Laura to award to related programs of her choosing.


Thank you, Laura, for your dedication to keeping Missouri children safe throughout your career and for your contribution to helping children and families find the support, resources, and funds they need to grow and thrive, the value of which could never truly be measured.


The following agencies and programs were awarded Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Laura’s Fund in Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024):


Little Explorers Discovery Center
Extended Experiences and Programs for Children and Parents
Jefferson City, MO


Special Learning Center
Capable Kids and Families
Jefferson City, MO