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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Thanks to St. Louis ArtWorks Boomerang Press!

February 3, 2012

At the Gateway Center for Giving’s recent 2011 Annual Meeting, three Excellence in Grantmaking Awards were handed out. Each fall, the Gateway Center for Giving solicits nominations from nonprofits in three categories and the awards are handed out to the grantmakers at the Annual Meeting. The 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.  This year,  award winners each received a custom-made award that was designed by apprentices at St. Louis ArtWorks. The “Boomerang Press” team created three colorful and unique awards that exhibit the spirit of the award. Check out these AMAZING awards below.

The three award winners were:

The Saigh Foundation won the Giving is On Going award and was nominated by a record three nonprofits including The St. Louis Zoo, Webster University, and Wyman Center.  Jeff Huntington, Dr. Beth Stroble, and Christine Ramsey presented the award to JoAnn Hejna, Executive Director of The Saigh Foundation.

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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.

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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 »


Giving is ON GOING Award Winner- The Saigh Foundation

December 19, 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.  Click here to register.

The Giving is ON GOING award recognizes a grantmaker who created a lasting change. 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.

The winner of the 2011 Giving is ON GOING award goes to The Saigh Foundation from three different nonprofit organizations.  Yes, The Saigh Foundation was nominated by a record three organizations this year including the Saint Louis Zoo, Webster University, and Wyman Center. 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: www.centerforgiving.org or by emailing Beth Grady atbeth@centerforgiving.org
 
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 »


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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