Monday, January 30, 2012

Types of St. Louis Foundations (a word from our sponsor)

At last week's overview session, Introduction to Foundation & Corporate Giving, I was asked "how many St. Louis grantmakers of each type are there?" A quick check of the Foundation Directory Online Professional listing of St. Louis Metro Area funding organizations brings up these totals:
  1. Funders accepting applications = 422
  2. Community Foundations=3 (Greater St. Louis, Edwardsville, Highland)
  3. Independent (and family) foundations = 243
  4. Company Sponsored foundations = 32
  5. Corporate Giving Programs = 28
  6. Operating Foundations = 45
  7. Grantmaking public charities = 71
There's some overlap, e.g. a funder is both an operating foundation and a public charity, but those are the general numbers. There are  many more St. Louis metro area foundations not currently accepting applications whose profiles are available on the database. And there are some funders with smaller grant amounts or who, for that or other reasons, do not yet submit profiles to the database.
Got questions? Come in and slice and dice the searches for yourself.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Regional Nonprofit 2-29 Event

In Nonprofits We Trust
ALL nonprofit staff and board members are invited to attend a FREE panel discussion of local and regional nonprofit leaders who will explore ways nonprofits can enhance public trust and build a positive image in challenging times.
                    Featured Panelists
Robert Carlson– Assistant Attorney General at Missouri’s Attorney General’s Office
Paul Wagman– Senior Vice President and Partner at Fleishman– Hillard
Kathy Gardner– Senior Vice President at United Way of Greater St. Louis 

Networking and information sharing will follow.  Co-Sponsored by Library’s Grants & Foundation Center, Nonprofit Missouri (a statewide association of nonprofits), and the St. Louis chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professional's Network.
                    Wednesday, February 29th 4-6 PM
Schlafly Branch of St. Louis Public Library
                                         225 N. Euclid Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108
Pre-registration is recommended; 314-539-0357 or e-mail

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 Winter Regional Events for Nonprofits

  • 1/23, 2/9, 3/8 - NSC webinar series The Roles and Responsibilities of a Board, $35 each, go to the website (right) or call Carmen, 314-436-9580 for more information.
  • 2/1, 3/7, 4/4 -- What Works in St. Louis free brown bag speaker series sponsored by the UMSL Community Partnership Project, 2/1 topic "Rental Housing;" 3/7 "The Arts as a Revitalization Tool;" 4/4 "Youth & Summer Projects."  Contact for more information.
  • 2/2 -- Registration deadline for Funding Your Neighborhood Project 9am-1pm class on 2/4 offered by NPML, $40, more at
  • 2/7 -- Prospect Research Overview, GPA monthly lunchtime program at Central Reform Congregation, $15 for nonmembers, call 314-308-7823 for more information.
  • 2/8 -- deadline for registering for 2012 Neighborhood Leadership Academy, 10 sessions of hands-on leadership training, $400 - scholarships available. Find out more at