February 21, 2012
In this second edition of our Recognizing Grantmakers blog series we are going to share with you an Excellence in Grantmaking nomination from Grace Hill Settlement House that looks to recognize the Whitaker Foundation. Thank you to Grace Hill Settlement House for submitting this nomination for the 2011 Giving is Ongoing Excellence in Grantmaking category.
“For the past five years, Grace Hill and the North St. Louis community have received financial support from the Whitaker foundation to hold the Whitaker Urban Evening Series. The series is held in St. Louis Place Park over a six week period during the summer. Prior to this support from the Whitaker Foundation, there were very few opportunities for public engagement in cultural activities in North St. Louis City. Read the rest of this entry »
June 30, 2011
This past Monday, over 65 community leaders came together at Vashon High School in North St. Louis to get an update from the St. Louis Children’s Initiative planning team. For those of you who don’t know, the St. Louis Children’s Initiative submitted an application to the US Department of Education for a Promise Neighborhood Grant and placed 26 of 339 applications. While the application was not among the 21 awarded, the group continued to work and is now ready to produce a competitive application and obtain an implementation grant in the next round of funding.
At the meeting, the implementation team presented the program model and described the process for selecting partners to be included in the next federal Promise Neighborhoods application. The planning team gave a great presentation but left many funders in the room wondering about the role of funders in this project. Rod Jones and Vernice Hicks-Prophet, both of Grace Hill Settlement House, agreed to answer some questions from St. Louis area funders and their responses are below.
What Funders Want to Know
- We understand that $30 million in funding for a second round of Promise Neighborhoods grants will be available soon for planning and implementation grants and that the St. Louis Children’s Initiative plans to apply for some of this money. Is the government requiring local funders to match the money received if St. Louis gets this award? If so, do those matches need to be included in the initial application? Read the rest of this entry »
January 27, 2011
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: Read the rest of this entry »
December 16, 2010
By: Lindsey Greenberg, Gateway Center for Giving
On an icy morning in late December, over 60 organizations came together at the St. Louis History Museum to pledge their support for the Saint Louis Children’s Initiative. In the room were leaders from local nonprofits, corporations, foundations, city governments, universities, and the public school systems.
The Children’s Initiative is an effort to create a birth through college educational pipeline that is intertwined with a comprehensive social service support network in North St. Louis. It hopes to address the safety, housing, economic, and environmental factors that impact the success of the children in low income neighborhoods. Grace Hill Settlement House is the lead agency of the educational pipeline effort.
The Children’s Initiative was one of over 300 applicants for a Promise Neighborhood Grant from the US Department of Education. Although the initiative was not chosen to receive money in the first round of grants, it was chosen to receive technical support through PolicyLink which will hopefully help strengthen the Initiative’s application for the next round of funding. Read the rest of this entry »