Gateway Center for Giving Celebrates the Strength of “PHIL&THROPY” in St. Louis

January 30, 2017

St. Louis, January 27, 2017—The Gateway Center for Giving convened grantmakers and nonprofits at the Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting today to celebrate the generosity of donors in the St. Louis region and to recognize dynamic sector leaders for their excellence. Gateway Center Members collectively represent $5.8 billion in charitable assets, of which more than $264 million is deployed in the St. Louis region each year, creating sustained and meaningful impact. This year’s Annual Meeting theme, “PHIL&THROPY,” reflects the power and importance of partnerships.

The Gateway Giving Awards reflect an emphasis on best practices in the field and philanthropic sector leadership. Award winners are nominated by their grantmaking peers, community members and nonprofits. This year’s four categories recognize six winners:

Excellence in Innovation in Philanthropy: The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes a grantmaking organization that has put significant support behind an unproven initiative or project that has the potential to yield great community outcomes, or has engaged in innovative investing strategies.   Honorees: The Boeing Company and Wells Fargo Advisors for their support of the new Venture Café Education Innovation Fellowship, a competitive, paid fellowship for 15 St. Louis Public School educators to learn design thinking, innovative methods and business-oriented practices. Participants translate their learning into curriculum modules they can bring back to their classrooms.  This investment, managed through the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, has allowed St. Louis Public Schools to approach talent management in an innovative way, and support cross-sector relationships with business leaders to support student outcomes.

Excellence in Collaboration in Philanthropy: The Excellence in Collaboration Award recognizes a grantmaking organization that has made collaboration a central part of its grantmaking strategy, and has shown itself to be an effective collaborator among its grantmaking peers and community partners.  Honoree:  Monsanto Fund for its leadership of regional funder collaborative STEMpact, which was founded in the belief that all students deserve access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.  Over the course of the past four years, 19 districts, 391 teachers, and 17,612 students have been impacted by participating in the STEM Teacher Quality Institute, creating a pipeline of STEM-proficient individuals in our region. See http://www.STEMpact.org for a list of partners.

Emerging Leader in Philanthropy (two awardees): The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates generosity of spirit and a commitment to social impact both professionally, and personally.  The award winner shows creativity and determination to improve the philanthropic sector, and demonstrates great potential for leading the sector in the future. Honoree:  Rhonda Smythe, Missouri Foundation for Health. Rhonda has shown tremendous community leadership, particularly in the area of food access.  In addition to facilitating a pooled grant fund to foster innovative food access and supportive public policy, Rhonda has been instrumental in the development of the St. Louis Food Policy Council, a new coalition that pulls together nonprofit leaders who are working on food access issues.  Honoree: Allie Chang Ray, Deaconess Foundation.  Through her work, Allie has helped attract significant support from outside the St. Louis region to address racial equity and other social justice issues.  She has partnered with local grantmakers to hold conversations about ways to focus funding to leverage limited resources for greater impact, has made presentations locally, statewide and nationally in the areas of capacity building and advocacy, and serves as a Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Capacity Building Champion.

Philanthropic Legacy: The Philanthropic Legacy Award recognizes an individual or a family that has made a significant contribution to the philanthropic sector.  The award winner has led an initiative or program that has changed the landscape of funding, or has made a meaningful or long-lasting contribution to an innovative program in our region, yielding significant outcomes.  Honoree: Amy Rome, The Rome Group.  Amy has worked in the field of philanthropy for her entire career. As founder of The Rome Group, Amy has consulted in strategic planning, resource development and leadership development to a large variety of nonprofits throughout the region for more than two decades.  Amy is also an adjunct faculty member at the Brown School of Social Work, where she has mentored a multitude of business and nonprofit professionals and students in the classroom and in the field.

Business Meeting

Outgoing Gateway Center Board Chair Matt Oldani of the Deaconess Foundation welcomed the following additions to the Gateway Center for Giving Board of Directors for a three-year term:

Julie Hardin, Express Scripts

Melinda McAliney, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis

Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund

Board Officers: Jama Dodson of the Saint Louis Mental Health Board was elected as Board Chairman for 2017; Matt Kuhlenbeck of the Missouri Foundation for Health as Vice Chair, Desiree Coleman of Wells Fargo Advisors as Secretary, and Mary Kullman of the Caola Kullman Family Fund as Treasurer.

Outgoing Board Members Ann Vazquez of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis and Lisa Dinga of the Dinga Family Fund were recognized for their outstanding service to the organization.

The Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting was hosted at the .ZACK Performing Arts Incubator and supported by Emerson and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Visit the Gateway Center for Giving Facebook page over the coming weeks to see pictures from the event.

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Gateway Center for Giving Celebrates the Strength of Philanthropy in St. Louis

January 25, 2016

Phil On the Map imageSt. Louis, January 22, 2016—The Gateway Center for Giving convened grantmakers and nonprofits at the Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting today to celebrate the generosity of donors in the St. Louis region and to recognize five sector leaders for their grantmaking excellence and impact. Gateway Center members collectively represent $3.7 billion in charitable assets, of which more than $261 million is deployed in the St. Louis region each year.

The Gateway Giving Awards reflect an emphasis on best practices in the field and philanthropic sector leadership. Award winners are nominated by their grantmaking peers, community members and nonprofits. This year’s five award winners are:

Excellence in Innovation in Philanthropy:

The Clark-Fox Family Foundation, for creating Blueprint4SummerSTL, a novel, highly personalized searchable web database that helps families in the St. Louis metropolitan area find best-fit summer programming for youth. In its first year, the site hosted 72,000 searches for more than 3,500 summer opportunities, promoting youth enrichment.

Excellence in Collaboration in Philanthropy: 

Express Scripts and the Express Scripts Foundation, for their leadership in fostering the Nance Elementary Transformation Plan, bringing together eight disparate agencies and elevating the key program areas and expertise that each brings to the table to better serve student needs.

Also, the Regional Business Council, for their leadership in the Reinvest North County Fund, created in partnership with North County Inc. and supported by the St. Louis Community Foundation. Under RBC’s leadership, $900,000 has been raised for businesses and school districts in the target region during a critical time for recovery and growth.

Emerging Leader in Philanthropy:

Serena Muhammad, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the St. Louis Mental Health Board, was nominated by her sector peers for her work as a collaborative, thoughtful and inclusive emerging leader.

Philanthropic Legacy:

The Staenberg Family Foundation has granted more than $60 million in financial support to nearly 500 organizations, in addition to pro bono contributions valued at over $10 million, over the past decade. A supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Staenberg Family Foundation actively supports organizations and programs relating to arts & culture, children, education and medical research and services, creating a significant legacy of philanthropy that now extends to a second generation of givers.

Business Meeting

Outgoing Gateway Center Board Chair Ann Vazquez of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis welcomed the following three additions to the Gateway Center for Giving Board of Directors:

David Desai-Ramirez, IFF; Gregory Glore, the Glore Fund; Jenny Hoelzer, Commerce Bank.

New Board Officers: Matt Oldani of the Deaconess Foundation was elected as Board Chairman for 2016; Jama Dodson of the St. Louis Mental Health Board as Vice Chair, Desiree Coleman of Wells Fargo Advisors as Secretary, and Mary Kullman of the Caola Kullman Family Fund as Treasurer.

Outgoing Board Members Amelia Bond of the St. Louis Community Foundation; Kathy Gardner of the United Way of Greater St. Louis; David Krauss of the Commerce Family Office; David Stiffler of Equifax; and Mary Swan, formerly with Ameren, were all recognized for their outstanding service to the organization.

The Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting was hosted by Forest Park Forever and supported by Emerson and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Visit the Gateway Center for Giving Facebook page over the coming weeks to see pictures from the event.

About the Gateway Center for Giving

The Gateway Center for Giving helps donors do more. We strengthen philanthropy and promote community impact by providing programming, research and networking opportunities to grantmaking organizations in the St. Louis region. We also enhance regional leadership through information on community needs and philanthropic best practices, supporting collaborative action to help address our region’s most pressing issues. The Gateway Center for Giving was founded in 1970 and our members include corporations, donor-advised funds, foundations, trusts and professional advisors actively involved in philanthropy. To learn more, visit www.centerforgiving.org.


Gateway Center for Giving Celebrates the Strength of Philanthropy in St. Louis

January 30, 2015

St. Louis, January 30, 2015—The Gateway Center for Giving convened 165 grantmakers and nonprofits at the Gateway Center’s Annual Meeting today to celebrate the generosity of donors in the St. Louis region and recognize four award winners for their grantmaking excellence and impact. Gateway Center members collectively represent more than $3.8 billion in charitable assets, of which more than $274 million are deployed in the St. Louis region each year.  Read the rest of this entry »


Save the Date- Gateway Center for Giving 2011 Annual Meeting Announced

May 4, 2011

Although the Gateway Center for Giving’s Annual Meeting is 8 months, 3 weeks, and 5 days away we were so excited that we wanted to share the good news!

Save the Date
Gateway Center for Giving 2011 Annual Meeting

Monday, January 30, 2012
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Magic House

More information about our 2011 Annual Meeting and how to nominate a grantmaker for an Excellence in Grantmaking Award will be available on our website soon.

To read about the past Award winners and see pictures from the 2010 Annual Meeting please visit our website-  http://www.centerforgiving.org/Membership/Programs/AnnualMeeting.aspx.


Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: A View from Gateway Center for Giving

February 14, 2011

By: Mary McMurtrey, President of the Gateway Center for Giving

There is a phrase of which I am quite fond and it goes:  Each new day is a good day to look back and be grateful, look ahead and be hopeful, look around and be helpful.

The Gateway Center for Giving takes that adage quite seriously and quite literally!

At the end of each year we poll our members to learn more about them.  We ask them to share what happened during the previous year and what they think lies ahead in the years to come.  Having done this survey for the last several years, we are now beginning to see some trends post economic meltdown of 2008. It was very interesting to compare the responses to prior years’ surveys and see what is coming into focus for the field of organized grantmaking in the next few years.

In 2009 grantmakers were in emergency mode- they were staying focused on mission, not making multi-year commitments, not accepting new grantees, and reducing special event support.  While the 2009 changes didn’t go away in 2010, grantmakers began to move from lockdown mode to intentional assessment mode- spending time on outcomes and reporting, strategically restructuring and focusing in their grantmaking, and incorporating the use of grantmaking and volunteer tracking technology. 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 »


PNC’s Funding to Lemay Housing Partnership is On Time

January 6, 2011

By: Justine Craig-Meyer, Lemay Housing Partnership

When PNC was locally known as National City Bank they worked closely with Lemay Housing Partnership (LHP) to ensure that the needs of the organization were met to fulfill their mission of supporting low-income homeowners’ efforts to maintain healthy, safe, and affordable housing.  Their funding spanned multiple years and has resulted in systemic change.  Their first award was unrestricted and allowed the organization the freedom to leverage funding from other sources.  Their second big contribution was support for outreach and fundraising mailing that allowed the organization to reach more homeowners in need AND the volunteers and donors who wanted to support them.

When National City was gearing up to become PNC, they went a step further and at the end of 2009 sent over 300 volunteers from their bank to Lemay to actually walk the talk of community engagement.  Not only did those homeowners receive immediate relief from PNC’s efforts to repair and clean up Lemay, but PNC left a lasting legacy in the community of the good that a group of committed citizens can do. Read the rest of this entry »


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