Recognizing Grantmakers- William T. Kemper Foundation

In this sixth edition of our Recognizing Grantmakers blog series we are going to share with you an Excellence in Grantmaking nomination from Peter & Paul Community Services that looks to recognize the William T. Kemper Foundation.  Thank you to Peter & Paul Community Services for submitting this nomination for the 2011 Giving is On Time Excellence in Grantmaking category.

“The Kemper Foundation “gets” philanthropy.  Their aim is true.  There seems to be an influx of funders who have obscured philanthropy with PR.  Fortunately, organizations like The Kemper Foundation have a solid track record of demonstrating their compassion for Missourians with a real sensitivity for timing. 

DSC04379This week The Kemper Foundation awarded this agency unsolicited operational dollars and not for the first time.

They did so because they believe in our mission, they trust our sense of stewardship, they understand the economic situation and its impact on small and medium gifts and they sincerely want to help those who are so often forgotten.  Furthermore, their generosity seems to arrive in 11th hour situations, preventing us from interrupting services to those who in every way have been wounded by prolonged homelessness.”


Each January at our Annual Meeting the Gateway Center for Giving recognizes grantmakers for our Excellence in Grantmaking Awards.  While only three grantmakers each year receive awards, we get tons of great nominations from local nonprofits who want to recognize the foundations that have supported them over the years.  In our Recognizing Grantmakers blog series we are going to share with you some of the nominations we received this year.  While these nominations may not have been one of the three winners, these grantmakers (and nonprofits) deserve recognition for the great work they are doing in the St. Louis community.

Click here to learn more about the 2011 Excellence in Grantmaking Award Winners.

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