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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a community foundation?

    A community foundation is a collection of funds established by a wide range of donors, including individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits. Each fund is a reflection of the charitable interests of the donor. Community foundations make grants to charitable organizations from these funds. There are more than 800 community foundations across the United States.

    Click here to learn more:  Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative


  • What does the St. Louis Community Foundation do?

    The St. Louis Community Foundation inspires purposeful philanthropy that connects community and donors to build and preserve a more equitable and vibrant region, now and forever.

    We are committed to our fundamental roles of helping donors create personal legacies, investing donor funds for maximum returns with minimum risk, and playing a leadership role in tackling our communities’ most challenging needs.

    $770 million has been granted from the St. Louis Community Foundation since 1974, with 95% of funds staying in the St. Louis region.

  • What is the advantage of a community foundation over a private foundation?

    A community foundation has many advantages over a private foundation. The St. Louis Community Foundation offers personalized partnerships to maximize charitable impact. We combine expertise, knowledge of the local landscape, compassion, and service. For more information, click here.

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