A Century of Service. Giving for Good.
About Us

accreditedcfsealThe St. Louis Communitiy Foundation, the first community foundation established in Missouri, is proud to be among an elite group nationwide to be confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.



To facilitate philanthropic and community partnerships that inspire regional good.


img-missionThe St. Louis Community Foundation was founded in 1915, less than one year after the first community foundation was established in Cleveland, Ohio. Frederick H. Goff, one of Cleveland’s leading bankers and lawyers, established a pool of charitable funds from area residents. This charitable trust was dedicated to ensuring these funds were put to effective use in line with each donor’s goals into perpetuity.

Over the years, Goff’s community trust concept evolved into community foundations. There are now over 800 community foundations in the United States that collectively manage more than $40 billion in assets and distribute some $2 billion a year in grants. In addition, the legacy of Goff’s vision has reached outside the United States to 37 countries with some 365 community foundations.

While each community foundation shares a common beginning, we have each evolved in response to our specific community needs. In St. Louis, we’ve leveraged our unique capabilities as a community foundation to promote charitable giving. We remain grounded in our historic commitment to serve donors and ensure that their dollars work in line with the goals that are important to them.



The Foundation is as an unbiased, technically astute, and collaborative charitable giving resource.  As expert administrators, we use the knowledge we’ve cultivated with decades of practical experience serving St. Louisans.

Our expertise promotes effective charitable giving.

  • Charitable Intent — how to define and articulate what charitable giving means to donors, enabling them to be more confident in pursuing their giving objectives
  • Charitable Financial Planning — how to leverage tax-efficient giving tools in creative ways to achieve charitable as well as wealth and estate planning objectives for our donors
  • Community Investment — how to make thoughtful investments in nonprofit organizations capable of addressing community issues in measurable ways
  • Asset Stewardship — how to manage traditional and non-traditional assets in support of our donors’ short- and long-term charitable aspirations



St. Louis Community Foundation

#2 Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis, MO 63105
tel 314-588-8200, fax 314-588-8088