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. With the close of the fifth year, the Whitaker Urban Evening Series has continued to demonstrate that a community-owned and led cultural series can be a catalyst for a broader, ongoing revitalization of a North City neighborhood. The Whitaker Urban Evening Series has grown to be more than enjoyable music in a park, but a point of introduction for hundreds of people from 46 zipcodes who most likely would never venture into North City to see the rich history and beauty first hand. This series is the epitome of a true community event where people come together to enjoy an evening of music and leave their assumptions and views at the curb. The Whitaker Foundation’s commitment has resulted in a cultural and social renaissance for this neighborhood.”
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.