Gateway Center for Giving Launches Missouri Common Grant Application, Version 2.0

July 5, 2017


Free, Customizable Tool for Grantmakers Elevates Best Practices in Giving

The Gateway Center for Giving is pleased to announce the launch of the Missouri Common Grant Application (CGA) Version 2.0, which now incorporates questions about diversity, equity and inclusion into the customizable grant application template. The CGA, a free community resource, facilitates the application process for grantmakers and grantees. It is available for download by visiting the Gateway Center for Giving website. A companion User Guide, Budget Template, and all-new Funder Guide are also available.

“For the past several years, the Gateway Center for Giving has taken a leadership role in convening regional funders around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the impact on philanthropic practices. The newly revised CGA Version 2.0 helps grantmakers to extend their commitment to DEI by infusing an intentional DEI lens into their strategies. While every grantmaker will have different guidelines, priorities, and deadlines, this is a customizable tool, and we encourage funders to utilize it,” said Gateway Center for Giving CEO Deborah Dubin.

“To build CGA Version 2.0, the Gateway Center for Giving team has researched best practices; convened local funders and nonprofits for discussion and feedback; and consulted with national organizations who are leading the charge to incorporate a DEI lens into grantmaking practices,” said Jama Dodson, Board Chairman of the Gateway Center for Giving and Executive Director of the Saint Louis Mental Health Board. Cynthia Crim, a grantmaker and member of the revision committee, noted that “CGA Version 2.0 will help funders expand their conversations with grantees and gather meaningful data on community progress on the road to equity.”

The Missouri CGA was first created in 2012 as a sector tool, and it has been highly utilized by regional grantmakers, as well as drawing considerable interest from organizations across the country. Support for the effort to revise and expand the CGA in 2017 was provided by the Trio Foundation of St. Louis, Spire, and the Clemence Lieber Foundation.


Giving is On Going at the Trio Foundation of St. Louis

February 1, 2011

By:  Eulonda Nevels, YWCA Metro St. Louis

We are especially excited about the opportunity to nominate a local grantmaker for a Gateway Center for Giving Excellence in Grantmaking  Award this year.  We nominated the Trio Foundation in the Giving is On Going category.  They have partnered with us on the multi-year pilot phase of the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative and thanks to their vision and leadership, the program has shown to be a success and plans for expansion are currently underway.

The Trio Foundation concentrated their efforts and decided to implement a multi-year project that would help single women heads of households break the cycle of poverty for them and their children by breaking down the barriers that prevented them from earning a living wage.  By creating a partnership with the YWCA Metro St. Louis, the Trio Foundation established the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative spanning over 5 years providing each participant an opportunity for a nontraditional vocational education which generally pays a higher wage than traditional women’s jobs. 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 »

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 »

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