The Incarnate Word Foundation

Faithfully serving the St. Louis region since 1997

Our Response

Every continent in the world is impacted by the corona virus pandemic. In St. Louis, the Incarnate Word Foundation supports initiatives to help sustain us during this crisis.

Our Work

We exist to Incarnate the presence of God as we support social justice through philanthropic efforts, and creating opportunity for collaboration and community engagement.

Race equity is the central concern behind everything we seek to fund.

Grant Partner Spotlight

We deeply value the work of our grantees and view each one as a partner toward enacting community change. If you are interested in becoming a partner, take a look at our grant opportunities.

A Vision for St. Louis

The Incarnate Word Foundation believes in a community where the poor and marginalized have the ability to attain quality of life. Through our grant making processes, IWF supports the work of organizations who also believe in this kind of community and are actively working to advance equity and well-being in St. Louis. As we work together to envision and bring forth this reality, we asked grant partners to talk to us about their vision for St. Louis and highlight ways they are working toward this vision.

About Us

Our Story

For more than 100 years, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have cared for the people of St. Louis and the surrounding communities.


We approach funding from a philosophy rooted in our values of Incarnational Spirituality, Innovation, Empowerment, Stewardship, and Collaboration.

What We Do

At the heart of the foundation, we value efforts to advance equity, opportunity, & human dignity. Racial Equity is the overarching, all-encompassing priority for each organization or project we fund.