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Turning Good into Greater Good


“The only thing that is constant is change,” Heraclitus famously said. We are seeing major shifts in our community and philanthropic organizations that reflect the significant changes happening in our world. Our community nonprofits are feeling the radical societal changes more than anyone else as they operate on the frontlines. As funders, we must keep up as it is vital for the health and wellbeing of nonprofit organizations everywhere. Here is our starter list. This is a living, collaborative space so feel free to reach out with resource suggestions! Contact Us!

 Philanthropy - In the Know

What is Intersectionality? – Keep intersectionality in mind as you discern the greatest needs in our community

Other Ways to Donate – Ideas for planning a strategic approach to your philanthropic goals

A Case for General Operating Support – Why General Operating Support should be considered by grantors

Gifts that Give Back – A list of shops and organizations that sell retail items to benefit their employees and the  larger community

Giving Something Other than Dollars – Ideas about giving back without breaking the bank

   Collective Giving

Research on Collective Giving – the coming together to jointly fund social change. Learn about scaling up your impact and networking with others on building community solutions

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Learn about the latest trends in philanthropy and use these website tools to make better funding decisions. Includes our list of recommended reading.


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Tools For Nonprofits

The Leap of Reason Performance Kickstarter for Small Non-profits – The performance imperative for small, non-profits based on the book Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino

BoardSource provides board governance resources.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice – outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations.

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits)– is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits.

Missouri Common Grant Application Version 2.0 allows grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions and definitions that reinforce solid nonprofit practices. Grantmakers who accept the CGA will host this form on their respective websites; some grantmakers may have modified versions of the CGA. Please keep in mind that every grantmaker has different guidelines and priorities, as well as deadlines and timetables.

Discovering Our St. Louis Community Needs

Forward Through Ferguson Report: A Path Toward Racial Equity – this in-depth report describes the racial inequity in our St. Louis region and policy calls to action. To learn more about actions taken after the report and general questions, go to Forward Through Ferguson.

For The Sake Of All – A extensive report and project on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis and why it matters for everyone. This project is funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health and includes faculty from Washington University in St. Louis and from Saint Louis University. The Institute for Public Health, the Brown School’s Policy Forum, the St. Louis American and the St. Louis Beacon are partners as well.

The Missouri Foundation for Health Nonpartisan Research– They publish nonpartisan research and analysis that informs decisions on topics such as Missouri Medicaid, health equity, federal health reform, policy options and funding allocated to health disparities in Missouri.

Non-Profit Evaluation Tools For Funders

Guidestar – financial reports for many charities.

The Better Business Bureau – national website that rates national charities against the BBB’s charity standards.

Charity Navigator – evaluates charities including financial health.

IRS – EO Select Check – online search tool to check information about a charity’s federal tax status and filings.

The Foundation Center – prominent resource in the non-profit community.

Training for Non-Profits Applying for Grants

SOS Grantee Application Training– Slide presentation on the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund application process.

Network for Strong Communities Grant Application Training This St. Louis nonprofit specializes in training nonprofits on grant writing, capacity building, board training and much more.

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