A Century of Service. Giving for Good.

STL Youth Jobs: A Community Catalyst For Our Youth

How has the St. Louis Community Foundation helped provide paid work experience, job readiness, and financial literacy training to more than 2,500 youth? By bringing together community, civic, and business leaders in 2013 who wanted to address the steep decline in public funding for summer youth employment in the St. Louis area and providing administrative support as the group gained traction.

Today, STL Youth Jobs is the most recognized provider of summer youth employment in St. Louis. With its emphasis on individual career assessments and job-readiness training, STL Youth Jobs helps young people prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, while also providing ongoing career support.

Participants in the program emerge prepared for to work and engaged. In 2016, STL Youth Jobs supported 500 job opportunities for youth and worked with 140 employers. Of last year’s participants, 77 percent would not have had a summer job if it were not for STL Youth Jobs.

So how can you help? Well, one summer job costs $2,500, so contributions are welcome. Visit stlyouthjobs.org to make a gift online, or mail a donation to #2 Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis, MO  63105.

Jim Seeser: Give Here (and Elsewhere) With A Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund

“The St. Louis Community Foundation does 90 percent of what an independent family foundation can do at a fraction of the cost,” says Jim Seeser, who opened his donor advised fund at the St. Louis Community Foundation. “Frankly, that leaves more of my charitable giving dollars for good works.”

Jim and his family, through the Seeser Family Fund, have accomplished many “good works” since they opened the fund at the Community Foundation in 2000. Since then, they have funded more than 339 philanthropic initiatives, including the FIRST® robotics competition, which teaches young people science and technology applications, while helping them approach the challenge like a business. He also supports deaf education, as both his parents were deaf.

“The professionals at the Community Foundation help and guide all of us, making our relationship a win-win – for us and for the nonprofits we love,” says Jim. 

The Charless Foundation Converts from a Private Foundation to a Field of Interest Fund at the St. Louis Community Foundation

In April 2017 the historic Charless Foundation became a field of interest fund held at the St. Louis Community Foundation and dedicated its future grantmaking to promote health, welfare, and wellness of Missouri senior citizens, with an emphasis in the South St. Louis City neighborhoods.

For more than 150 years, The Charless Home and the Charless Foundation have been providing care for and serving the elderly in South St. Louis City.  The Charless Foundation was created with the proceeds from the sale of the Charless Home.  “The St. Louis Community Foundation brings to The Charless Foundation its extensive knowledge and professional capabilities in St. Louis’ charitable giving landscape,” says David Streett, chair of the Charless Foundation board of directors. “By providing strategic and informed advice and back-office support, the St. Louis Community Foundation will facilitate the giving process for our board, while also assuring Ms. Charless’ legacy is carried on – systematically – forever.”

Give STL Day 2017



Are you excited? We’re excited! It’s almost time for this year’s Give STL Day event!  Please join us on Thursday, May 11th, to see how much money we can raise for area nonprofits. 

Visit givestlday.org today to browse all participating nonprofits.

The Quest Scholarship Fund



Quest Scholarship Fund donors believe that learning, especially intercultural learning, is a basis for the growth of the individual and the betterment of schools, the local community, and the worldwide community. Opportunities for intercultural learning should be accessible to all. The Quest Scholarship Fund aims to help high-achieving students from low-income families experience a life-changing opportunity to study abroad. The AFS-USA Faces of America study abroad program offers students a scholarship that will cover 50% of program tuition when the other 50% is matched by local community-based organizations or funds. Until now, the St. Louis region has not participated in this valuable opportunity for our youth. The Quest Scholarship Fund was created to change this.

The Quest Scholarship Fund, established as a component of the St. Louis Community Foundation, will allow like-minded donors to come together to provide money for scholarships.  The fund is seeking help to raise $50,000 each year to provide ten (10) or more scholarships to deserving young people. For more information about applying for this scholarship, contact Tameka Herrion, Scholarship Manager at scholarships@stlgives.org or (314) 880-4960 or Debra Veatch, Quest Scholarship Co-founder at dveatch@charter.net or (314) 578-1530.

To donate to the Quest Scholarship Fund, click here.


St. Louis Community Foundation

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