The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation is pleased to host a series of meetings this fall with the support of the Gateway Center for Giving and the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri St. Louis to foster a conversation about the changing landscape of community development. Developing Our Communities: A Learning Series for Grantmakers will take place September 13, October 10, and October 29.
The series will include meetings for local community development corporations, grantmakers and their trustees as well as the public at large. Additionally, several of the sessions are tailored to meet your specific needs as funders and we hope that you will join us for those conversations.
The first session on September 13th is being held in coordination with the national NeighborWorks Community Stabilization meeting in St. Louis. A national leader in community development, David Erickson, will talk about what is working in comprehensive community change efforts around the country. His presentation will be followed by an exploration of how this work is being done locally and what it takes to make community change possible. Click here to register for this first session on September 13th!
The second session scheduled for October 10th will bring together citizens, academics and others interested in strengthening place-based work in the region and exploring neighborhood change in St. Louis from 1970 - 2010. This session at the MO History Museum will feature a presentation by Hank Webber and Todd Swanstrom. Before the presentation, you and your foundation’s trustees are invited to attend a dinner facilitated by Paul Brophy, a national community development expert and a local education and housing expert, Dr. Molly Metzger. Click here to register for this second session on October 10th!
To close out this series, we will convene community foundations and government officials from around the country in a peer learning exercise about their regional approaches to community development. We are happy to open up a apart of that conference to our local funding community on the evening of October 29th. This final session will be an informal reception where community foundation staff from other metropolitan areas will reflect on their metro area’s community development systems. Click here to register for this third session on October 29th!
Please feel free to contact Mary McMurtrey, Director of Community Engagement, with any questions you have leading up to these events.