Grant Partners

“We will collaborate with those who network for justice, peace, and the care of creation, aligning ourselves with poor and vulnerable persons and uniting our daily efforts to incarnate Jesus in the world.”
Srs. of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Congregation Chapter Directive

Archive of Collaborations

Search here for information on the Foundation’s past and current collaborative projects and partners:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

builds trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people. BBBS brings together the most important adults – parents, mentors, teachers, social service providers – and builds on the power of these relationships to truly change the trajectory of young peoples’ lives, putting them on a better path and thereby, improving the quality of life in our communities.


Vision for Children at Risk

is a catalyst sparking community action for children by providing comprehensive data and information on community needs to form the basis for strategic planning and action.

STL Youth Jobs

bridges the divide between our region’s youth and the growing skills gap in our workforce by connecting young people ages 16-24 with meaningful employment while building transferable job skills.

Pianos for People

provides access to the transformative power of music to those whose lives need it most by cultivating inspiration, education, community and enrichment, at no charge to those they serve. They opened their first Free Piano School in October 2014 at its Gravois Park Location on Cherokee Street.


Voices for Children

advocates for child victims of abuse and neglect, advocating in and out of court for safe and stable homes where these children can thrive.

Our Priorities

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

Youth Employment
Quality Education
Economic Justice
Food Insecurity
Juvenile Justice
Catholic Initiatives
Growing Communities
Youth Development

Our Values

Our community footprint includes under-resourced communities throughout Missouri and East Saint Louis. We focus on a place-based strategy that invests funding into specific neighborhoods.

Each year the Foundation prioritizes certain neighborhoods based on research and community need. This year we have a specific focus on Penrose, O’Fallon, Dutchtown, Gravois Park, The Ville, Greater Ville, and East St. Louis.

In all of our work, we hold true to our values of:

  • Spirituality
  • Collaboration
  • Stewardship
  • Empowerment
  • Innovation
  • Relationship

“Funding neighborhood work fosters systemic change by addressing the root causes of poverty and oppression. It fosters the confidence within individuals to dream while simultaneously creating access to the tools and resources needed to achieve those dreams.” — IWF Executive Summary, 2019

Our Grants

Our goal is to spark collaboration and relationships in the communities we serve. We fund organizations that are serving or advocating for the most vulnerable in our city.

If you’re working to advance these efforts, we would love to hear more.