A Century of Service. Giving for Good.



Most donors partner with the Community Foundation through a simple fund agreement that requires less than an hour to prepare. Our staff guides you and your advisors through three easy steps that create an agreement customized to achieve your charitable and financial goals.  


The Community Foundation’s broad mission, public charity status, and professional staff enable it to handle nearly any type of contribution for any charitable purpose. While we focus primarily on the St. Louis region, our grantmaking extends across the nation and internationally. Our flexibility also allows us to offer a wide range of investment alternatives that are capable of supporting the full spectrum of your grantmaking goals.

Tax Benefits

The Community Foundation’s donors typically gain the maximum income and estate tax benefits allowable by law. In addition, our public charity status frees the Community Foundation and its component funds from the government regulations imposed on private or family foundations. The Foundation can accept almost any asset. We are not subject to an excise tax, mandatory distribution rules, and regulations that limit who can receive grants. 

Cost Effective

The Community Foundation holds over 500 funds. This enables us to provide administrative, grantmaking, and investment management services at a fraction of the cost that the typical donor would spend to purchase these services independently. In addition, donors with more modest funds have access to services and investment options that they simply could not get on their own. 

Greater Impact

Through the Community Foundation, donors gain the confidence to treat their gifts as investments in their community, religious organization, school or whatever cause resonates with a donor’s charitable objectives. The Foundation’s staff is here to help you assess the effectiveness of a grant, research alternatives, or connect you with other resources that can help ensure your grants make the most impact. 

Donor Recognition

The Community Foundation recognizes your gifts in ways that match your style of giving.  Typically, most donors are credited, along with the name of their fund, in all grant distribution letters and grant checks. Funds are also listed in the Community Foundation’s report and periodically highlighted, with the donor’s permission, in our newsletter and web site. Through the Community Foundation, your gift may also remain anonymous.


We carry your charitable intent forward in perpetuity through endowed funds. Our board and staff ensure that these funds grow over time and remain focused on your giving objectives. If these objectives ever become impossible to carry out, the board has the flexibility and responsibility to redirect them to make sure your intent is achieved.



St. Louis Community Foundation

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