St. Louis Community Foundation Grants Management Services Exceed $15 Million in 2022

The St. Louis Community Foundation’s private foundation clients granted $15.2 million in 2022. More than 100 unique gifts were made to 91 nonprofit organizations—representing an inspiring display of generosity and clear commitment to St. Louis’ future. 

Grantmaking activities through the Foundation have reached many sectors of our region’s nonprofit community, such as arts and culture, education, health, and senior services. The Brickline Greenway, a public-private partnership launched by the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, caught the attention of the Berges Family Foundation. The Brickline, a $245 million project, will connect 14 neighborhoods through 10+ miles of walking and biking paths. Destinations along the Brickline include the Grand Center Arts District, Griot Museum of Black History, and Harris-Stowe State University. 

“We believe that the Brickline Greenway will be a transformative project for St. Louis. We need areas where people will come together,” said Kelly Pollock, CEO, Berges Family Foundation. 

The Berges Family Foundation invests in St. Louis, focusing on projects that elevate the vibrancy of our region. Similar projects in other cities have seen a tremendous return, with increases in quality of life, connectivity, health equity, and community engagement. “So many of us take for granted our access to green spaces, parks, and outdoor recreation. The Brickline will change that for so many historically disinvested areas,” said Pollock. “Greenway space improves neighborhood and road safety through investment in lights and infrastructure. Public art and interpretive signage will educate and inspire residents as they travel—by foot or bike—to areas that have been made newly accessible. And, the project will spur economic development activity along the entire greenway and surrounding areas.” 

A major public-private partnership, Brickline Greenway has recently secured $15M in funding from the State of Missouri Capital Improvement Budget for 2024. Pollock said, “The sense of community and collaboration stemming from the Brickline is nothing short of inspirational. Not only will it connect some of the cornerstone markers and institutions of our region—it will connect the people.” 

Making connections is the common thread that binds the Community Foundation’s grants management services. Our team of experts provide exceptional service by identifying potential grant recipients, accepting and reviewing grant applications, executing site visits, and managing grantee relationships. 

The Foundation’s team of experts helps clients and fund holders identify the results they wish to achieve through their philanthropy. They also help develop a course of action to achieve their goals. Our staff understand that moving from making charitable gifts to impactful grantmaking requires a thoughtful, strategic approach which can bring great rewards.  

If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation’s grantmaking services, contact Elizabeth George, Director of Community Investment, at 

All images credit Great Rivers Greenway.