Nominations Being Accepted- 2011 Excellence in Grantmaking Awards

September 29, 2011

The Gateway Center for Giving celebrates the work of our members through our Excellence in Grantmaking Awards by honoring donors who fund programs, efforts, or initiatives that have made a significant impact in the region.  We are once again soliciting nominations from local nonprofits for our annual Excellence in Grantmaking Awards. 

At the Center’s Annual Meeting on January 30, 2012 grantmakers from within our community will be awarded from three categories.  They are:

Giving is ON TIME

This category recognizes a grantmaker who either abandoned traditional funding requirements to meet the immediate and/or emergency needs of nonprofits and clients in the community OR worked closely with a nonprofit to help them realign their programs and strategies to better meet the needs of their clients and the community during these difficult economic times.

  • 2010 Awardee:  PNC was nominated by Lemay Housing for their Affordable Housing Programs and by 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. Read the rest of this entry »
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Giving is On Going at the Trio Foundation of St. Louis

February 1, 2011

By:  Eulonda Nevels, YWCA Metro St. Louis

We are especially excited about the opportunity to nominate a local grantmaker for a Gateway Center for Giving Excellence in Grantmaking  Award this year.  We nominated the Trio Foundation in the Giving is On Going category.  They have partnered with us on the multi-year pilot phase of the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative and thanks to their vision and leadership, the program has shown to be a success and plans for expansion are currently underway.

The Trio Foundation concentrated their efforts and decided to implement a multi-year project that would help single women heads of households break the cycle of poverty for them and their children by breaking down the barriers that prevented them from earning a living wage.  By creating a partnership with the YWCA Metro St. Louis, the Trio Foundation established the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative spanning over 5 years providing each participant an opportunity for a nontraditional vocational education which generally pays a higher wage than traditional women’s jobs. Read the rest of this entry »


The Center Celebrates 40 Years in the St. Louis Community

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 »


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