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



Rise YP Board Fundraiser: Kendra Gives Back Event

  The Rise Young Professionals Board is hosting a Kendra Gives Back fundraising event at Kendra Scott jewelry store (1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Friday, February 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Stop by to enjoy drinks and treats and to browse the […]

Consider CBN and CBN Members on Give STL Day

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) and to CBN members who work to improve communities throughout the entire St. Louis region. To learn more about CBN and Give STL […]

On Give STL Day, Consider Giving to CBN Members

On Give STL Day, please consider giving to our participating Community Builders Network members. Participating Community Builders Network Members: Beyond Housing Carondelet Community Betterment Federation Community Renewal and Development, Inc. Cornerstone Corporation DeSales Community Housing Corporation Dutchtown South Community Corporation […]

Wells Fargo Advisors 2014 Community Giving Exceeds $8.4 Million

In 2014, Wells Fargo Advisors donated $8.4 million to over 250 nonprofits organizations and volunteered around 50,000 hours throughout the state of Missouri. Wells Fargo Advisors’s donations benefited St. Louis Public Schools, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Stop […]

#FergusonRebuild Campaign Launched

The #FergusonRebuild Campaign recently launched as a fundraiser to support the Reinvest North County Fund. So far, donors including Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, World Wide Technology, and Urban League president, Mike McMillan, have raised $55,000 in this effort […]

Greater St. Louis Community Foundation Redirects Funding Priorities

This article by the St. Louis Business Journal reports that the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation is redirecting the priorities of its St. Louis Gives fund to support projects related to neighborhood collaboration, job training, and community and economic development. To read […]

Deaconess Foundation Responds To Ferguson Unrest With $100k Investment For Youth Organizing

The Deaconess Foundation is investing $100,000 for community capacity-building projects in the areas affected by recent events in Ferguson. The funds will help pay for community organizer positions at the Youth Council for Positive Development and at the Organization for […]

Anheuser-Busch makes annual commitment to downtown St. Louis organization

Anheuser-Busch has decided to make a $15,000 annual contribution to the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, an organization devoted to creating a vibrant community downtown. For the full story, click here.

Build For STL

The National Day of Civic Hacking ( ) is a White House initiative to promote the use of science and technology to solve civic problems. The weekend of May 30-June 1, cities all across the country will host Hackathons, block parties, […]

The Sweet Potato Project

Sylvester Brown, founder and director of The Sweet Potato Project is in its second year of teaching area youth entrepreneurial skills that can be used immediately and adapted in their respective neighborhoods.  For more information click here.

Four Neighborhoods chosen for Kresge assistance

The Kresge steering committee agreed upon four neighborhoods that will receive the embedded arts grant for program discovery and funding to existing programs.  For the more information click here.

Bank of America Awards Six Homeowner Retention Grants to local Nonprofits

Beyond Housing and Habitat for Humanity St. Louis were among the six receipients of the homeowner retention grants awarded by Bank of America.  For a full list of recipients and award amounts click here.