The philanthropic sector plays an incredibly important role in supporting the St. Louis region’s neighborhoods. Whether a corporate, nonprofit, or individual/family foundation, your investment in a higher quality of life and opportunity for children, families, adults, and communities helps build strong neighborhoods. We look forward to working with you as partners in that goal. We hope you will find this page a resource for news, research, best practices, and policy recommendations regarding philanthropy and neighborhood improvement.
Policy Recommendations for Philanthropy
We are excited to work as partners in creating a supportive community building system that efficiently and effectively invests in our region’s neighborhoods. To open the conversation, below are some potential ways we believe the philanthropic community could improve St. Louis’ regional community building system.
- Create educational opportunities for funders to engage with other funders investing in community building locally and in other regions
- Form teams representing local foundations and community building organizations to meet with national community development foundations and intermediaries to encourage their involvement in St. Louis
- Incentivize the following criteria in awarding grants: multi-year, place-based, comprehensive community development initiatives based on deep community engagement and collaboration among organizations
- Develop a regional fund to provide program-related investments (PRIs) for neighborhood development
- Increase funding for capacity building by community building nonprofits