The Center Celebrates 40 Years in the St. Louis Community

By: Lindsey Greenberg, Gateway Center for Giving

The Gateway Center for Giving celebrated 40 Years in the St. Louis community at it’s Annual Meeting at Powell Hall last Friday, January 21st.  The event brought together over 120 grantmakers, nonprofits, and community leaders for a lunch in the beautiful atrium at the Hall.  The Annual Meeting functioned as a celebration, awards ceremony, and business meeting all at once.

The program was kicked off with an introduction from St. Louis Symphony President Fred Bronstein.  He gave a brief history of the hall and some information about the Symphony in the community.  Following his introduction, Center President Mary McMurtrey shared with the group the results of the Center’s member engagement survey and described how the Center will continue to work with it’s members and the community in “The New Normal”.  The Center’s Board President Kathy Reeves of Enterprise Holdings led the business meeting and welcomed in our new board member Matt Oldani of Build-a-Bear.

One of the highlights of the program was the presentation of the Excellence in Grantmaking Awards.  Every year the Center ask local nonprofits to nominate grantmakers in three categories: Giving is On Time, Giving is On Going, and Giving is Far Reaching.  This years nominators and award winners were:

Giving is On Time: PNC was nominated by Lemay Housing for their Affordable Housing Programs and by and Grace Hill  Settlement House for their Grow Up Great Initiative.  Justine Craig-Meyer of Lemay Housing and Rod Jones of Grace Hill presented the award to Deborah Marshall of PNC.

* Giving is On Going: The Trio Foundation was nominated by the YWCA Metro St. Louis for their support of the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative that spanned five years. Eulonda Nevels of YWCA presented the award to Mary Moog and Wendy Jaffe of the Trio Foundation.

* Giving is Far Reaching: This award was made on behalf of the founding organizations of the Center (formerly MAP) that are still involved with the Center today- Monsanto Fund, Nestle Purina Petcare Co., Anheuser-Busch, Emerson, Danforth Foundation, AT&T / formerly Southwestern Bell. Winston Gifford, formerly of Ralston Purina, accepted the award on behalf of the above listed organizations.


To close the meeting, the audience was treated to a special performance by musicians from the St. Louis Symphony and members of the In Unison chrous.  Brian Owens and his wife Amanda Owens kicked off the show by performing an acapella piece from the balcony.  Immediately following, musicians Melissa Brooks, Alison Harney, Jooyeon Kong, and Katy Mattis performed a string number, and the program closed with a sing-a-long spiritual.

We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did and we hope to see you at next year’s Annual Meeting which will take place at the Magic House!

Click here to see more pictures from the Annual Meeting! Special thanks to Randy Beck for doing such a wonderful job photographing our event.

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