Fostering Regional Collaboration: Immigrant & Refugee Services

February 7, 2017

Claire Hundelt, Program Manager, Daughters of Charity Foundation of Saint Louis

Gateway Center for Giving Member Blog Post

by Claire V. Hundelt, Program Manager with the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis has been actively engaged in supporting organizations that help immigrants and refugees with the many challenges of their new lives in America. In the spring of 2014, the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Mental Health Board hosted three gatherings to convene area provider groups serving immigrants and refugees. The purpose was threefold: to strengthen the work provided to our region’s aspiring Americans by increasing the networking and relationships among professionals and key stakeholders; to enhance understanding of the gaps in safety net provisions available; and encourage proactive planning to prepare the community for changes to the nation’s immigration policies. The gatherings confirmed that efforts underway to serve this population were increasing as new programs were being introduced resulting in knowledge gaps about available resources. The outcome  of these gatherings was the formation of an all-volunteer community-based group of concerned professionals and citizens known as Immigrant Service Provider Network or ISPN.

With nearly thirty members, ISPN has since formalized its structure by identifying executive committee leadership, creating bylaws, and forming working groups. Since 2015, this all-volunteer network has developed membership support and strategic outreach, started a resource directory, implemented a community education and enrollment outreach designed to explain the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs. Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) serves as the primary convener and fiscal conduit for project activities. With MIRA’s support, ISPN has offered free of charge educational clinics to help prepare immigration documents and delivered webinars on topics including Immigration 101, employment, and DAPA training. The coalition also created a website and developed education materials.

The funder collaborative between Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis and Lutheran Foundation continues to support the staff position at MIRA assigned to actively support ISPN outreach as well as host for the ISPN work groups. The collaborative between MIRA and the ISPN participants has led to a leadership development strategy to strengthen member and volunteer capacities for effective action.  As a result of ISPN’s work in the community approximately 450 individuals were served in 2016.

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Giving is FAR REACHING Award Winner- Daughter of Charity Foundation of St. Louis

December 22, 2011

The Gateway Center for Giving celebrates the work of our St. Louis area grantmakers through our Excellence in Grantmaking Awards by honoring donors who fund programs, efforts, or initiatives that have made a significant impact in the region.  Over the the next few weeks we will share with the community both the winning nominations as well as some of the other great nominations that will be considered for an award in 2012. Awards will be handed out at our 2011 Annual Meeting PhilanthroPLAY which will take place at The Magic House on January 30, 2012.

The Giving is FAR REACHING award recognizes a grantmaker who gave beyond the typical grant.  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.

Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. LouisThe winner of the 2011 Giving is FAR REACHING award goes to the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis as nominated by Rebuilding Together-St. Louis and the St. Louis Home Repair Network.

lg_009511-R1-01-21ADaughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis Nomination
On behalf of Rebuilding Together-St. Louis and the Home Repair Network, we are honored to nominate The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis (DOC) in the category of Giving ON TIME.  The DOC has worked closely with the Home Repair Network (HRN) to keep non-profit home repair providers connected to one another in a meaningful way, thereby allowing us to provide better services to our clients.  Additionally, the DOC played a large role in making the Common Grant Application of Missouri (CGA) a reality.  These two accomplishments coupled with the unwavering support they continue to provide non-profits throughout our community make them a deserving recipient of the award. Read the rest of this entry »

Registration for our 2011 Annual Meeting is Now Open!

December 5, 2011

Register now for PhilanthroPLAY- our 2011 Annual Meeting taking place at The Magic House on January 30, 2012.

When: Monday, January 30,2012
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Registration & Networking
11:30 – 1:00 PM: Lunch, Presentation, & Grantmaking Awards
Where: The Magic House, 516 South Kirkwood Road
Cost: $45 per person
RSVP by Jan 6: or by emailing Beth Grady
We sold out early last year so register now!

As always, at our Annual Meeting we will award three grantmakers for our Excellence in Grantmaking Awards.  See below for information on the award categories and the winners.  We will be highlighting the winner grantmakers and the nonprofits who nominated them on our blog in the coming weeks.  Thank you to all of the organizations that took the time to nominate a grantmaker for an award. Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations to our 2011 Excellence in Grantmaking Award Winners!

November 11, 2011

The Center received over 20 nominations from nonprofits for our annual Grantamakers in Excellence Awards! We were thrilled with the response from the nonprofit community and excited that such a wide range of grantmakers were nominated this year.  While we plan to recognize all of the nominated grantmakers at the Annual Meeting, three grantmakers will receive special recognition at the meeting.

See below for the list of winning grantmakers and the nonprofits that submitted them. Over the next few weeks we will be profiling these grantmakers and share with you the great stories that the nominating nonprofits submitted. Read the rest of this entry »

Marketplace of Ideas Finalists Use Innovation and Collaboration to Address Needs of Children and Families in North St. Louis

January 28, 2011

By: Karl Guenther, Incarnate Word Foundation

This summer, approximately 750 senior citizens in North St. Louis will have locally grown vegetables delivered to their door by the 4-H teens who tended a community garden. Forty youths – and their parents – will participate in a weekly program to help them establish healthier relationships. Twenty fathers will learn entrepreneurship skills and develop business plans to minimize family distress.

Marketplace of Ideas Project Submissions 2010-2011 Book Final.pdfThese are among the seven innovative projects presented Thursday January 27th as part of the Marketplace of Ideas Showcase at De La Salle Middle School in The Ville neighborhood. Over 75 people attended the event to hear about the good work going on in North St. Louis communities. This standing room only crowd was made up of community residents, agencies, government officials, religious institutions, businesses, schools, and foundations.

Project proposals were solicited and reviewed by a panel of community members as part of the Marketplace of Ideas, a community funding program piloted by Incarnate Word Foundation with the support of other local funders to address the needs of children and families in North St. Louis. It seeks to spur collaboration between community members and to highlight the richness of community activity in North St. Louis.  Seven finalists emerged as a result of the initial competition. Each received $5,000 in start-up funding from Incarnate Word Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »

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