Great Ways to Engage with the Gateway Center for Giving in 2018

January 8, 2018

New Year’s Resolve: Make the most of your Gateway Center for Giving (GCG) Membership in 2018.


Attend a program

We offer at least 25  compelling and unique programs annually for GCG Members. Visit our calendar under the Programs & Events tab on our website to see the list of upcoming gatherings. Or, check out the Upcoming Programs section in our What Gives? (WG?) newsletter, which is emailed weekly to all GCG Members. Not receiving WG? Email Center Manager Heather Jaconis to be placed on the Member mailing list.

Pitch a program

Many GCG Members take the opportunity to work with our staff to develop and present a program of interest to the GCG Membership. Some of our most successful programs are initiated by a GCG Member. Contact Program & Information Manager Clare Brewka to pitch your program ideas for 2018.

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, an article featuring your organization or staff, or an essay on a topic of interest to your peers. Contact Clare Brewka at GCG and share your news with us – we’ll make sure the rest of the GCG Membership hears about what you’re doing.

Connect with us on social media

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIN – we regularly update our pages 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.

Join an affinity group

GCG has several Member affinity groups that gather for programs focused on specific areas of interest. Our most active groups include Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Funders; Early Childhood Funders; and Education Funders. We also host a discussion group on Impact Investing and are helping to foster a new Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Chapter.

Utilize the GCG publications and resources

GCG annually develops and releases Dollars and Sense, the only report on capital campaigns in the region, along with top notch publications and best practices tools to help you in your grantmaking. Check out the News & Resources tab on our website to learn more.

Attend the Annual Meeting

Every January, we host our Annual Meeting – our organizations’ largest gathering of grantmakers, nonprofit partners, and community leaders – to elect new Board Members and celebrate the strength of philanthropy in Missouri. Our theme for 2018 is “Philanthropy Aligned,” and the event will be held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on Friday, January 26th. To join us, RSVP here.

Write a blog post

Be a guest author by drafting a post for the GCG Blog. In 2018, as we enhance our social media presence, we want to continue 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. Contact Clare Brewka for details.

Submit a research request

On-demand research services are available exclusively for Members to learn who’s doing what in the region, as well as the latest national trends and best practices in areas of interest to grantmakers. Use your login information to access previous research requests on our website, and remember to contact Clare Brewka with your research inquiries.

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 President & CEO Deb Dubin if you are interested in exploring these volunteer leadership opportunities.


Giving With Purpose: Why Give?

April 4, 2014

This week marked the beginning of the Giving with Purpose MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in which several Gateway Center for Giving members are participating – it’s a free, online course about philanthropy, intended to help participants learn about intentional giving, how nonprofits work, and how foundations work.  The course teaches us to understand why we donate our time, talent and treasure;  and how to give to highly performing organizations that make a difference.

Though the course has started, registration remains open until April 15 – so be sure to sign up by clicking here.


The first course module focused on the basics of nonprofits, and explored the presence of nonprofits in our day-to-day lives: libraries, summer camps, tutoring programs, churches, radio stations, museums, hospitals, universities, and many more.

After being asked to consider all of the ways that the nonprofit sector touches our lives, course participants were asked to reflect on a question: What are possible consequences of people lacking awareness of the nonprofit sector’s role in their own lives and in society as a whole?

Understanding the role of the nonprofit sector is vital to answering an important question for all philanthropists, big or small: Why give?

Nominations are open for the Excellence in Grantmaking Awards!

October 14, 2013
The Gateway Center for Giving celebrates the work of our grantmaking community 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. Nominations are due by October 22, 2013.

How to Nominate a Grantmaker

If you would like to nominate a grantmaker for one or more of the award categories, please submit the below information via email to the Center no later than October 22, 2013.

If your nomination is chosen, you will be contacted to obtain more detailed information about the grant and the grantor.  Further, you and one other representative from your organization will be invited to the Center’s Annual Meeting on January 24, 2014 and will present the award to the grantmaker.

Please submit nominations to Danielle Wallis at For more information about our upcoming Annual Meeting please visit our website, Registration for the Annual Meeting will be available in November.

  1. Name of Nonprofit:
  2. Name and Title of NPO Contact:
  3. Phone and Email:
  4. Name of Grantmaker:
  5. Award Category (see below for descriptions of award categories):
  6. Brief Description of Grantmaker Activity for Selection Purposes:

(The Center will contact you for more information if your submission is selected for further review and consideration)

Awards Categories

At the Center’s Annual Meeting on January 24, 2014, 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.

2012 Awardee:  The Assistance League of St. Louiswon the Giving is On Time Award, and was nominated by Boys Hope, Girls Hope St. Louis.  Brian Hipp presented the award to Sandy Johnson, President of the Assistance League.

Giving is ON GOING

Creating lasting change is the goal of every grantmaker.  There is no better way to leave a legacy than by changing the future.  This category includes either giving that spans multiple years in order to demonstrate systems change OR a grant that allowed a nonprofit to institutionalize a program that is now self supporting and providing a revenue stream for the organization.

2012 Awardee: The Sunnen Foundation won the Giving is On Going award and was nominated by the YMCA of Greater St. Louis.  Gary Schlansker presented the award to Kurt Kallaus, President of the Sunnen Foundation.


In-kind support and volunteerism are critical to helping nonprofits stretch a dollar and strengthen their organization.  Being responsive to community needs often means leveraging resources beyond financial grants.

2012 Awardee: 

Dana Brown Charitable Trust won the Giving is Far Reaching award and was nominated by the Saint Louis Zoo and the Nine Network of Public Media. Cynthia Holter and Jack Galmiche presented the award to Dan Watt of Dana Brown Charitable Trust.


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