Our Mission

We serve our donors and community for an equitable and vibrant region.

The St. Louis Community Foundation works with individuals, nonprofits, corporations and community leaders to build a more equitable and vibrant region, making a difference through inspired charitable giving.

The St. Louis Community Foundation has been helping St. Louisans put charitable dollars to work since 1915.  Over 650 individual charitable funds totaling $500 million in assets made over $80 million in grants to nonprofits last year.  These gifts from our donors shape our region, touch communities across the nation, and reach across the globe.

Our mission is to promote the possibilities of charitable giving, helping charitable citizens understand how they can effectively provide for the community they love and the causes they care deeply about.

We do this by:

  • Maximizing financial and tax advantaged giving
  • Making giving simple and efficient
  • Honoring donor intent
  • Connecting donors with their causes and each other, and strategizing ways to make an impact
  • Taking leadership in community issues to promote collaboration
  • Responsibly stewarding charitable assets

Over $450 Million

Granted from the St. Louis Community Foundation since 1974.

85%

of funds stay in the St. Louis region.

Our History

Proud history with a renewed investment in mission.

The roots of caring for its citizens run deep in St. Louis.  In the 1800s, the Mullanphy Fund provided for the needs of “immigrants” as they pioneered west though St. Louis.  Later, visionary leaders saw the need to continue to provide an efficient endowment for the city.  They followed the example of Frederick Goff, a progressive business leader in Cleveland who established the first community foundation.  In 1915, the St. Louis “Trust” became the second community foundation founded in the U.S..  A “long look ahead for the betterment of the mental, moral, social and physical needs of the people who now or may hereafter reside within” the St. Louis region was the mandate.

The St. Louis Community Foundations’s oldest fund was founded by Edward Bredell over a century ago.  His mission was to make Bibles accessible to all passersby in the city.  Although the needs of the community have changed, Bredell’s intent has been preserved, and his fund continues to make an impact for religious institutions to this day.

Over the years, the St. Louis Community Foundation has continued to help donors effectively provide for the community, in areas such as education, healthcare, the environment, the arts, jobs skills, equity, and neighborhood revitalization. Our unique position as a philanthropic and community connector enables us to play a leadership role, encouraging dialogue and coordination to effect change.

The needs of our community have evolved in the last hundred years, but the role of the St. Louis Community Foundation has remained true.  We’ve renewed our commitment to our mission and have invested in our own leadership, expertise and outreach.  Our charitable assets have grown to $500 million, and in the last year we helped donors grant $80 million to over 1,900 nonprofits.  We currently live in an era where competition for charitable dollars is great.  Our commitment to understand the unique motivations of our donors and connect them to each other and the community makes us even more relevant today, as we create greater impact for the people of St. Louis and beyond.

$250 Million

Distributed to local nonprofits by donors over the last 5 years.

Over 100 Years

of grant making in St. Louis and around the country

What is a Community Foundation

Building community endowment to change lives.

Community foundations are nonprofit entities that bring together the charitable financial resources of individuals, families and businesses to support the greater needs of a community or region. Donors direct funding toward causes they care about, and the community foundation provides leadership, partnership, knowledge and expertise in the investment, designation and distribution of the funds.

The first community foundation was established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914 and the St. Louis Community Foundation followed closely behind in 1915.

Today, there are more than 800 community foundations in the United States that collectively manage more than $40 billion in assets and distribute $2 billion per year in grants. Each community foundation evolves to meet the needs of its donors and community.

Click here for more information on the Community Foundation Public Awareness Intiative.

650

We are the steward of more than 650 charitable funds.

$500 Million

Our charitable funds total more than $500 million in assets.

Our Team

Amelia A.J. Bond

President & CEO

Amelia A.J. Bond
President & CEO

Amelia is responsible for the asset growth, donor development, supervision and oversight of every aspect of leading a public charity that invests and administers charitable funds on behalf of 650 donor funds totaling over $500 million in assets.

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Dwight D. Canning

Vice President & CFO

Dwight D. Canning
Vice President & CFO

Dwight has been with the Foundation since 2004 and manages the administrative aspects of the Foundation as well as tax and financial matters.

314-880-4969Email

Maria G. Bradford

Director of Community Engagement

Maria G. Bradford
Director of Community Engagement

Maria works with the STLCF’s community programs including Invest STL, St. Louis Graduates and STL Youth Jobs, and serves as the liaison to many groups that fall under the Fiscal Sponsorship or Field of Interest Fund umbrella at the Foundation.

314-880-4961Email

Maurice Brown

Accounting Manager

Maurice Brown
Accounting Manager

Maurice helps to manage all of the Foundation’s assets, investments, HR, as well as providing financial accounting assistance for our fiscal sponsorships.

314-880-4964Email

Christine G. Burghoff

Director of Giving Strategies

Christine G. Burghoff
Director of Giving Strategies

Christine's primary focus is working with individuals, families, and businesses to establish charitable funds as an easy and effective way to carry out client’s philanthropy.

314-880-4967Email

Andrea Bushong

Donor Services Assistant

Andrea Bushong
Donor Services Assistant

Andi effectively carries out the mission of the Foundation by helping Donor Services be effective and timely. She supports grantmaking, gifts, scholarships, foundation programs, and events.

314-880-4957Email

Michelle deSilva

Giving Strategist

Michelle deSilva
Giving Strategist

Michelle focuses on inspiring donor philanthropy through working with individuals, foundations, and businesses, helping them understand the mission of the community foundation and how we can achieve great things together.

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Neosha S. Franklin

Communications Coordinator

Neosha S. Franklin
Communications Coordinator

Neosha oversees all marketing efforts of the organization, focusing on strategic marketing and communications initiatives for key internal and external audiences, digital strategy, social media, media relations, and community relations. Neosha also oversees and manages the annual implementation of Give STL Day.

314-880-4959Email

Donna Frederick

Giving Strategist

Donna Frederick
Giving Strategist

Donna is committed to challenging the status quo through her commitment to supporting professional advisors with the highest level of personal service and creative solutions that will strengthen their client relationships.

314-880-4958Email

Elizabeth George

Director of Philanthropic Advising

Elizabeth George
Director of Philanthropic Advising

Elizabeth works with donors to help strategize their giving while also overseeing the grant administration for family and private foundations – including grantmaking due diligence, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.

314-880-4956Email

Bob Herleth

Director of Invest STL

Bob Herleth
Director of Invest STL

Bob leads the charge of InvestSTL, a regional initiative sponsored by the Community Foundation, that provides advocacy, leadership, and resources for improving neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region.

314-880-4951Email

Tameka R. Herrion

Scholarship Manager

Tameka R. Herrion
Scholarship Manager

Tameka aids donors and potential scholarship recipients in every aspect of their journey to ensure that their time and funds are as maximized as possible.

314-880-4960Email

Amy Basore Murphy

Director of Scholarships & Donor Services

Amy Basore Murphy
Director of Scholarships & Donor Services

Amy works with inspired donors to create scholarship programs and grants, while also overseeing the donor services team. Most importantly she is privileged to ensure the Foundation’s legacy grants fulfill donor intent.

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Jenny Praytor

Donor Services Coordinator

Jenny Praytor
Donor Services Coordinator

Jenny helps individuals, families, and corporations to define and reach their charitable goals + serves as the administrator of STLCF's corporate employee care funds, which provide assistance to over 30,000 employees of St. Louis-based businesses.

314-880-4966Email

Marilyn Trauner

Executive Assistant + Office Manager

Marilyn Trauner
Executive Assistant + Office Manager

From answering the phone and scheduling resources to editing copy, Marilyn works behind the scenes to control chaos and provide administrative support for the Foundations executive staff.

314-880-4963Email

Wendy Witte

Donor Services Manager

Wendy Witte
Donor Services Manager

Wendy works with donor advised fund holders, enthusiastically connecting them with organizations that serve the causes dear to their hearts, and making sure donors' needs met and exceeded.

314.880-4962Email

Duchess

Proud Greeter + House Dog

Duchess
Proud Greeter + House Dog

Duchess loves to make everyone feel welcome upon arrival, and roam quietly among the many donor and community meetings taking place at our Oak Knoll home.

Our Home

Our home is your home.

Visit us in our new home in historic Oak Knoll Park.  Our vision of becoming a “hub of philanthropy” for the community was realized with the thoughtful renovation of the 1921 Rice Family stone mansion, formerly the Natural History Museum and the Artists’ Guild.  Meet with experts in philanthropy, and join us for collaboration, learning and caring for our community.

Oak Knoll is also available for private events and weddings.  Contact Butler’s Pantry at (314) 664-7680.

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We love working with our donors and community members and want to help with your questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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