2018 National Convening, Raise Up: Moving Money for Justice

Former City of St. Louis Comptroller, Virvus Jones, addresses conference participants about the Delmar Divide.

The St. Louis Community Foundation (STLCF) recently sponsored the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) 2018 National Convening, Raise Up: Moving Money for Justice Conference June 5-7 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

The NFG Convening provided an opportunity to connect with grantmakers committed to racial, social, economic, and gender justice in the U.S. Attendees had an opportunity to hear from speakers about sharing models, strengthening partnerships, and forging new alliances with the goal of moving resources to support innovative place-based work and benefitting communities of color and low-income communities.

Maria Bradford, Director of Community Engagement at STLCF, attended the conference on behalf of the Foundation and said the NFG convening was a great way to connect and learn from other funders.

“Not only did I learn about what other foundations are doing to promote equity in their communities, I was able to share the Community Foundation’s  success with programs like Invest STL and St. Louis Youth Jobs,” said Bradford.

STLCF strives to advance justice through its work, to provide opportunities for all, and to engage all voices in leading change. One example of this is through Invest STL, a St. Louis Community Foundation regional initiative that aligns investment, technical assistance, and community organizations to build healthy neighborhoods that are thriving, resilient, and livable for everyone. Invest STL believes that St. Louis will become a stronger region and increase its prospects for economic and population growth by providing the opportunity for all residents in the region to live in safe places with good housing and the services needed to succeed.

In addition to Invest STL, STLCF has provided support to STL Youth Jobs as a fiscal sponsor. STL Youth Jobs works to bridge the work and employer divide by training youth to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow through individualized career assessment, financial literacy, job readiness training, employment experience, and continuing career support.

For more information and learn more about STLCF Initiatives, contact us at info@stlgives.org.


About Neighborhood Funders Group

NFG is a membership association of grantmaking institutions that aims to build the capacity of philanthropy to advance social justice and community change. NFG organizes the field, develops leaders, and cultivates thought leadership among its national base of members and encourages the support of policies and practices that advance economic, racial, and social justice.

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