Amelia A.J. Bond
President & CEO
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:
Over $450 Million
Granted from the St. Louis Community Foundation since 1974.
of funds stay in the St. Louis region.
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.
Distributed to local nonprofits by donors over the last 5 years.
Over 100 Years
of grant making in St. Louis and around the country
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.
We are the steward of more than 650 charitable funds.
Our charitable funds total more than $500 million in assets.
President & CEO
Vice President & CFO
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.
Director of Giving Strategies
Donor Services Assistant
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.
Director of Philanthropic Advising
Director of Invest STL
Director of Scholarships & Donor Services
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.
Executive Assistant + Office Manager
Donor Services Manager
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.
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 St. Louis Science Center and the Artists’ Guild. Meet with experts in philanthropy, and join us for collaboration, learning and making our community stronger.
Oak Knoll is also available for private events and weddings. Contact Butler’s Pantry at (314) 664-7680.Visit Us
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