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Meet the Donor

Networking and education programs for nonprofits that are held several times each year to provide information about grantseeking trends. Each program features several representatives from grantmaking organizations and are a not-to-miss networking and learning opportunity.

Visit our events page to register and learn more about upcoming Meet the Donor programs.

Past Programs

November 15, 2016: Funder Updates to Strategies- Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors
Join the Gateway Center for Giving to hear from a panel of local funders in the St. Louis region. Participants will learn about panelists’ current funding models and new developments in their grantmaking strategies. Panelists will include representatives from Build-A-Bear Workshop, Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, Innovative Technology Education Fund (ITEF) and YouthBridge Community Foundation.

March 2, 2016: Arts Funding in the Arch City- Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors & the Regional Arts Commission
Join the Gateway Center for Giving and the Regional Arts Commission to hear from a panel of local arts funders who support arts and culture in the St. Louis region. Participants will learn about panelists’ current funding models and new developments in their grantmaking strategies. Panelists will include representatives from Wells Fargo Advisors, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and PNC Bank.

May 27, 2015: Funder Strategies: Updates & Information- Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors
Join the Gateway Center for Giving to hear from a panel of local funders describing updates they have made to their funding strategies in order to support increased impact in the St. Louis community. Highlighted funders will include: Deaconess Foundation, Mid-America Transplant Foundation, St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, Nestle Purina PetCare Company & The Boeing Company.

October 14, 2014: Updates to Funder Strategy- Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors
Hear from a panel of local funders about the updates they have made to their funding strategies in order to support increased outcomes and growth in our community. Highlited grantmakers will include: Express Scripts, Deaconess Foundation, St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, Dana Brown Charitable Trust, Bank of America & Wells Fargo Advisors.

June 3, 2014: Grantmaker Stories: The Good, The Bad...and The Interesting- Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors
Join us to hear stories of remarkable grants from several St. Louis grantmakers. Learn about insights gained from these challenging, surprising, innovative interactions with grantees. The program will feature the following organizations: Wells Fargo Advisors, Pettus Foundation, The Whitaker Foundation, St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, Brown Sisters Foundation & Equifax.

October 16, 2013: Updates to Funder Strategy- Sponsored in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis Chapter
Join us for to hear from a panel of local funders, regarding updates they have made to their funding strategy in order to support increased outcomes and growth in our community. Featured grantmakers will include: Deaconess Foundation, Boeing Corporation, Brown Shoe Company, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis Mental Health Board.  Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation from the program.

July 22, 2013: Common Community Indicators
- Sponsored in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis Chapter
Many major corporate and foundation funders are increasing their focus on projects which address community-wide goals. Hear from a panel of local funders seeking to connect program-level outcomes to community-wide goals.  The Forum for Youth Investment, a national leader on collective impact work, will facilitate the discussion.  Join us for this program exploring the potential of common community indicators in our community and the nation-wide collective impact movement.  Whether you are an expert on common community indicators or just interested in learning how your organization can “move the needle” for your cause, you’ll want to be a part of the conversation and learn how this work will impact our sector.

August 17, 2012:
Welcoming Our New Philanthropic Leadership
- Sponsored by Emerson

The past year has featured a number of leadership changes in the philanthropic community.  Join us for this Meet the Donor program to hear from some of the community’s new leadership and learn about the evolving giving strategies of some of our St. Louis’s biggest grantmakers. Panelists will be from the following organizations: 

St. Louis Community Foundation, Saint Louis Mental Health Board, Youthbridge Community Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Emerson and the Deaconess Foundation.

September 2011: Introducing the Missouri Common Grant Application
- Sponsored by Cardinals Care
Speakers: Keith Brooks,Cardinals Care; Kathy Gardner, United Way of Greater St. Louis; Ann Vazquez, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis
Click here to read our blog post about the event.

June 2011: The "Art" of Collaboration
- Sponsored by the Regional Art Commission
Speakers: Debbie Marshall, PNC; Cynthia Prost, Arts and Education Council; Dan Tierney, Regional Arts Commission; Roseann Weiss, Regional Arts Commission

March 2011: How to Turn Effective Communication into Collaboration
- Sponsored by Boeing
Speakers: Jim Bafaro, Boeing; Melinda McAliney, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis; Amy Rome, The Rome Group
Click here to read our blog post about the event.

Learn about insights gained from these challenging, surprising, innovative interactions with grantees.  The program will feature the following grantmakers
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