July 17, 2012
The St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) has launched a new initiative called- It’s Our Region Fund-Small Change, Big Impact Grants. They are looking for nonprofits to submit proposals for one-time capital improvement grants between $2,500 – $20,000.
RBC recognizes that for many smaller organizations, these kinds of capital projects are often difficult to fund. The It’s Our Region Fund will contribute $50,000 with a $50,000 match from the RBC for a total allocation of $100,000 annually. A committee of RBC members will evaluate the proposals and select those most worthy of funding.
More information and the application can be found on the RBC website: www.stlrbc.org/bigimpact. Applications are due August 15.
July 16, 2012
Last week, Ameren Missouri launched a statewide campaign to recognize customers and nonprofit organizations that make a difference in the community. The Ameren Missouri Powers Change program will celebrate everyday heroes and their preferred charities, awarding more than $20,000 in funding to power positive change in Ameren Missouri’s service area.
Ameren Missouri customers can visit Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri to upload a photo and a 300-character essay about how they or someone they know powers positive change in the community, designating a nonprofit organization as the ultimate beneficiary. The call for entries runs through Aug. 6, giving individuals and nonprofit organizations four weeks to enter their stories for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 for charity and $250 for the individual in mid-September. Read the rest of this entry »
June 28, 2012
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis awarded $112,700 to eleven teens from Wyman Center’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP) to provide last dollar funding for their 2012-13 college expenses.
The students each applied for and were awarded interest-free loans from The Scholarship Foundation, based on their financial need, character and academic success. In addition, the eleven teens were awarded Bravo Grants funded by TG’s Public Benefit Program. Bravo Grants recognize individuals who have overcome great personal adversity to achieve their educational goals. Bravo students are often the first in their families to attend college. Both loans and grants are renewable annually depending on academic progress and continued financial need.
Each teen is a recent high school graduate and participant in Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP), a seven year program that helps youth be productive in school and work; connect to community and family; and navigate successfully in diverse environments. Teens in Wyman programs are achieving grade level advancement on time, graduating high school, moving on to college and developing a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities.
TG provides support for Persistence Power, a joint effort between Wyman and The Scholarship Foundation to provide teens with direct financial support, college access services, summer orientation sessions for rising college freshmen and coaching to help students complete college.
TG, Wyman and The Scholarship Foundation are partners in St. Louis Graduates, a regional collaborative working to increase to 50% the proportion of students in the St. Louis region who earn a higher education degree by the year 2020. Persistence Power contributes to St. Louis Graduates’ overarching goal and also provides a model for replication in the region and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »
June 20, 2012
THE ARTS MEAN BUSINESS IN ST. LOUIS
The results of the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study tell a dramatic story about the importance of the arts to this region. Click here for the full study.
The Regional Arts Commission thanks Wells Fargo Advisors for its generous support of this important project.
- The Arts are a $582.3 million industry that grew 3.78% since 2007
- The Arts comprise more than 10,000 *full-time equivalent jobs that grew 14% since 2007
- 11.3 million visits to the arts – more than the Cardinals, Blues and Rams audiences combined
The Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by the Regional Arts Commission in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The results are based on data collected from 137 nonprofit arts and culture organizations and also from surveying audience members at cultural events. Read the rest of this entry »
June 15, 2012
By: David Stiffler, Equifax
St. Louis Artworks, a non-profit that provides work experience through apprenticeships in the arts, opened the doors to their new office in Old North St. Louis this week! If you were to peek inside (ideally after a delicious lunch at Crown Candy Kitchen) you’d find the office festooned with your coworkers generosity. The Artworks office is a real milestone for them and for us because we funded them to move down there which is not only awesome, but it’s strategic! Can something be both awesome and strategic, you ask? You betcha! Here’s how:
Equifax funding + Collective Impact Partners = increased likelihood that we achieve results Read the rest of this entry »
June 14, 2012
In 2012, Citi celebrates its 200th anniversary. In case you didn’t know, Citi has actually been in Missouri for over 100 years! Yesterday, Citi invited its community partners out to their O’Fallon office for a birthday party- cake and all. The team at Citi is using their special anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on its history and prepare for its future both in Missouri and around the world. It was fascinating to learn about Citi’s rich history and specifically it’s history of involvement in the local communities it serves.
Citi employs over 4,000 people in its St. Louis offices and these employees give back both their time and their dollars to the local community. Some highlights of their involvement include:
- Citi employees logged 47,550 volunteer hours in 2011 at an approximated value of $1.00MM. This means that Citi-St. Louis is Citi’s largest volunteer site in the entire world for the 3rd consecutive year!
- 142 St. Louis area employees qualifies for the President’s Volunteer Service Award by providing at least 100 hours of volunteer service in 2011.
- Citi provided $1.00MM to local nonprofits through grants, scholarships, contributions, and employee campaigns.
- The jeans program provided $175,883 to area charities in 2011, bringing total donated in the St. Louis area to approximately $1.8MM since program implementation.
- Citi, through the Citi Foundation and employee pledges provided over $520,000 to the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
These are just a few of the amazing accomplishments of Citi in our community. Click here to see more. To help celebrate it’s 200th birthday, Citi-St. Louis is underway with a new program- 200 Acts of Kindness. It is encouraging its employees to engage in random acts of kindness with each other and the community at large. The idea is to “pay it forward” and ask whomever you bestow the kindness upon to go forward and spread the spirit of kindness. This Saturday, over 1200 local Citi employees will volunteer their time as part of Citi’s global volunteer day.
The Gateway Center for Giving is proud to have Citi as a member and enjoyed being there to help them celebrate their amazing accomplishments.