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.


Human Trafficking Awareness

is a collaborative effort addressing human trafficking awareness and teens at-risk of being trafficked. The program is based on a national curriculum, I AM, and is being piloted by several organizations throughout St. Louis.

Voices of Women

is a community organization designed to unite women so that their voices are heard fairly in the larger community. They teach cooking and nutrition to mothers and children through a four week community cooking contest.

Northside Youth and Senior Service Center

enhances the quality of life of the elderly, children, and families in their community by offering basic needs like a meals on wheels program for low income, African-American women in North City.

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.