10 Ways GCG Members Can Engage in 2015 & Beyond

October 28, 2015

The calendar year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your GCG membership in 2015! Here are 10 ways to engage before the end of the year.

DEI Affinity Group Mtg_2-17-2015 1101) Attend a program

We offer about 35 programs annually for GCG Members. Visit our Programs & Events page to see the list of upcoming programs. Or, check out GCG’s Upcoming Programs in our What Gives? weekly newsletter.

2) Pitch a program

GCG Members are in the unique position to work with our staff to develop and present a program to the GCG Membership. Some of our most successful programs in the past were initiated by a GCG Member. Contact Clare at GCG to pitch your program ideas for 2016.

3) Share your news

GCG is always on the lookout for news about our Members to include in issues of What Gives? Whether it’s a press release about your impactful giving or an article featuring your organization or staff,  your peers are interested. Contact GCG and share your news with us. We’ll make sure the rest of the GCG Membership hears about what you’re doing.

4) Like us on Facebook

We regularly update our Facebook page with photos and information. Stay up to date with all the latest news on what GCG Members and Staff are doing in the St. Louis community.

5) Join an affinity group

GCG has several affinity groups within our membership that gather for programs within their area of interest, including sessions for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Funders; Early Childhood Funders, and Education Funders.  We recently added a discussion group on Impact Investing.

6) Utilize the GCG Collaborations Directory

This year, GCG released an updated regional Collaborations Directory, which is a dynamic resource for GCG Members seeking information and engagement opportunities. Catalogued by subject matter, there are a total of 73 listings that can provide grantmakers with opportunities to partner with others.

7) Attend the Annual Meeting

Every January, we host our Annual Meeting—our organizations’ largest gathering of grantmakers, nonprofit partners and community leaders to celebrate the strength of philanthropy in St. Louis. We work hard on preparing an informative and enjoyable event for all. Our theme this year is “Philanthropy on the Map” and the event will be held at the Trolley Room in Forest Park Visitor’s Center on Friday, January 22, 2016.

8) Write a blog post

Be a guest blogger on the GCG Blog. In 2016, we are revving up our social media presence and want to feature our favorite people—our Members! If you have a perspective that you wish to share, a challenging question that your organization has encountered or particular insights about the field, please consider submitting a post.

9) Submit a research request

On-demand research services are available exclusively for Members to learn who’s doing what in the community and nationally, as well as the latest trends and best practices are in grantmaker areas of interest.

10) Join a GCG Committee

As a membership organization, GCG relies on member volunteers to help our staff consider and develop consistent programming and new initiatives.  Committees include: Programs & Services, Finance, Engagement, Governance, Audit and Executive Committee. Contact the GCG staff if you are interested in joining one of our volunteer committees.


Funder Strategies: Updates & Information A ‘Meet the Donor’ Program

April 30, 2015

Nonprofits, Community Members, and Grantmakers: Join the Gateway Center for Giving to hear from a panel of local funders describing updates they have made to their funding strategies in order to support increased impact in our community.

Featured grantmakers will include:

  • The Boeing Company
  • Deaconess Foundation
  • Mid-America Transplant Services / Donate Life Foundation
  • Nestle Purina
  • St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund

As at all Meet the Donor programs, it is important to note that we follow a Good Guest, Good Host policy, in which attendees are asked to refrain from making fundraising requests during, and immediately before and after the program.

When:  May 27, 3:00-5:00pm
Where:  The Missouri History Museum, Des Lee Auditorium
Open to:  Center Member Grantmakers, NonMember Grantmakers, Nonprofits, Community Members

Register for this program by clicking here!


  • General Admission (Nonprofits, Grantmakers, Community Members): $20.00
  • AFP Members: $15.00

Thank you to Wells Fargo Advisors and AFP for supporting this program. Special thanks to the Missouri History Museum for hosting.

Please contact Clare Brewka at clare@centerforgiving.org with questions about this program.

The Gateway Center for Giving honors regional grantmakers

January 27, 2014

The Gateway Center for Giving convened 160 grantmakers and nonprofits at the Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting on 1-24 to celebrate the generosity of donors in the St. Louis region, name new Board Members, and recognize grantmaking excellence.

The Excellence in Grantmaking Awards celebrate the work of St. Louis area grantmakers by honoring donors who fund programs, efforts, or initiatives that have made a significant impact in the region.

The three award winners are:

  • Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), nominated for the “Giving is On Time” award by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.  MFH provided funding to several area nonprofits for certified application counselors to provide information and assistance to the uninsured.  This funding makes a substantial impact in the knowledge about and enrollment in health insurance. Tom Barry (Vice President of Development & External Relations at Planned Parenthood of the StLouis Region and Southwest Missouri) presented the award to Jessi LaRose (Health Policy Officer at Missouri Foundation for Health).
  • St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District , nominated for the “Giving is On Going” award by two nonprofits, the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) and St. Louis Earth Day. St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District funded the development of key marketing and educational materials for the Missouri Recycling Association, and supported St. Louis Earth Day in developing innovations in recycling and waste reduction in the St. Louis area. Cassandra Hage (Executive Director of St. Louis Earth Day) and Dan Imig (President of MORA) presented the award to David Berger (Executive Director of St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District).
  • Emerson, nominated for the “Giving is Far Reaching” award by the Saint Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS). In addition to monetary gifts, a finance team at Emerson has donated their time, talent & intellect to review St. Louis Language Immersion School’s potential facilities options.  The team is now working with local partners, developers and architects to help them select a plan that will best meet the needs of their current and prospective students.  Dr. Steve Sanchez (Board Chair of SLLIS) presented the award to Pat Sly (Executive Vice President of Emerson and head of the Emerson Charitable Trust).


Outgoing Gateway Center Board Chair Jane Donahue of the Saint Louis Public Schools Foundation welcomed the following new additions to the Gateway Center for Giving Board of Directors:

  • Desiree Coleman of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Jama Dodson of the Saint Louis Mental Health Board
  • Mike Grabenhorst of Northern Trust
  • Lindsay Matush of the Brown Sisters Foundation

Ann Vazquez of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis will serve as the 2014 Gateway Center Board Chair.

Outgoing Board Members Kirby Burkholder of IFF, Cynthia Crim of Commerce Bank and the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, and John Fort of the Fort Family Foundation were thanked for their service.

“By working together, we help make the St. Louis region stronger, smarter, more inclusive and more liveable for everyone,” said Gateway Center for Giving CEO Deb Dubin.

The Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting was hosted by the Nine Network and supported by Emerson, Enterprise Holdings and Ameren. Visit the Gateway Center for Giving Facebook page over the coming weeks to see pictures from the meeting, and watch the video on the Gateway Center’s Youtube page.

YNPN blog out LOUD- tomorrow’s leaders talk today

August 23, 2012

YNPN St. Louis

Are you an advocate for nonprofits?

Looking to share your next side project or a big idea with an audience of your peers?

This October, the St. Louis Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN St. Louis) will be hosting its 2nd annual Blog Out Loud event to let those individuals passionate about the nonprofit community have their voice be heard.

Interested in presenting? Here are some questions to get you started…

  • How would you improve St. Louis through the nonprofit sector?
  • How could community organizations better collaborate, communicate, innovate, and be more efficient?
  • What is the next big issue the nonprofit sector should be ready to address?
  • What will nonprofits look like in 10 to 20 years?

Submit your idea by sending us a 1-2 paragraph description of what you’d like to present.

Applications are due Friday, September 7, 2012. Submit yours HERE.

Want to be a Speaker? 

Send us a one to two paragraph description of what you’d like to present by Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

Click HERE to get the ball rolling.

The Mission Center Healthcare Co-Op Overview

August 9, 2012

The Mission Center is leading the development of Missouri’s Healthcare “Co-Op,” a new form of nonprofit health insurance carrier that will provide coverage for nonprofits and the clients they serve.

The Mission Center’s (TMC) created an innovative, statewide insurance consortium in 2010 that has allowed nonprofits from across the state to band together in an effort to increase their bargaining power in the healthcare market. For years, nonprofits asked sector leaders for this support and in direct response to that need, TMC answered with The Mission Center Health and Welfare Benefits Plan which now has over 70 organizations participating from across the state.

Now that we’re on the cusp of the most sweeping healthcare reform in generations, however, The Mission Center is leading the development of a Community Oriented and Operated Plan, or Co-Op, for the state of Missouri. The Affordable Care Act created the opportunity for TMC to develop this new form of tax-exempt health insurance carrier on behalf of its nonprofit members and the clients they serve, and the Federal Department of Health and Human Services is facilitating its capitalization.

As a result of the ACA and with the generous support of The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), The Missouri Community Healthcare Co-Op (TMC Healthcare Co-Op) was formed by The Mission Center in order to ensure that its current and future nonprofit healthcare consortium members will continue to have the greatest number of health insurance options throughout the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunity to join next Digital Storytelling class starting Friday August 10

July 31, 2012

The Incarnate Word Foundation is underwriting a new Digital Storytelling class, and you may meet the criteria of living or working in one of the following zip codes: 63103, 63104, 63106, 63108, 63110, 63112-63115, 63120, 63121, 63130, 63132-6313 and 63147.  If you do please read the following information.  For a general background on Nine Academy please visit this URL http://ninenet.org/nine-academy

The Incarnate Word Foundation would like to identify community members living and/or working with North St. Louis organizations. The organizations can be 501c(3) nonprofit charities, church and faith based ministries, and/or individuals doing the good work for the betterment of their communities.  The ideal participants will be from organizations that believe that they can use the digital storytelling skills learned in our workshop to improve the effectiveness and reach of their organization. Participants can be any individual involved in the organization that would be interested and excited about learning these skills and will continue to put the skills to use. Class participants can be staff, volunteers, board members, clients or youth (16 years or older only) involved in the community and/or your organization. Due to limited funds, we are asking that each organization sends only 2 individuals to class.  Priority is given to community members who have never taken a Nine Academy class during the past 12 months and all participants must apply online for a seat in this next round of classes.  (To apply click http://bit.ly/IWF2012)

The next Digital Storytelling class is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday August 10 – 9am to 3pm with 3pm to 5pm for open lab hours
  • Friday August 17 – 9am to 3pm with 3pm to 5pm for open lab hours
  • Friday August 24 – 9am to 3pm with 3pm to 5pm for open lab hours
  • Friday August 31 – 9am to 12pm with a 12 noon to 1pm public screening  Read the rest of this entry »

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