Deaconess foundation selects 'just for kids' anchor institutions

After an intensive seven-month process, Deaconess Foundation has chosen five organizations as multi-year partners to strengthen and ground systems change and community organizing efforts for child well-being in the St. Louis region. The Anchor Institution Program is part of Deaconess’ Just for Kids strategy to build a movement for children through public policy and racial equity. Cohort will build capacity to change policy for children. Learn more>>

Deaconess Seeks Manager, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being 


The primary responsibility of this full-time position is relationship management and constituency support services for the program activities of Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being to optimize its profile as the regional hub for child-friendly public policy advocacy. The secondary responsibility is managing routine operational processes for Deaconess Center. Duties include prospecting, triaging and aligning potential community convenings; supervising building maintenance and meeting logistics; coordinating hospitality; and assuring proper documentation of use to inform evaluation and compliance standards.  Learn more


The primary responsibility of this full-time position is the maintenance and operation of Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being to keep building and grounds clean and safe. The secondary responsibility is logistical support of meeting rooms and convening spaces. Duties include regular cleaning, operation and preventative maintenance of building systems (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), set-up and transition of meeting rooms and assisting Deaconess Center Manager as needed. Learn more

Deaconess Requests Proposals for Nonprofit
Capacity Building Consulting Services

Deaconess Foundation invites well-qualified professionals to submit proposals to provide grantee selection and capacity building services. Proposals will be accepted from both individuals and firms with a strong track record of organizational development, change management, capacity building, and application of a racial equity lens with nonprofit organizations, particularly organizations focused on advocacy, organizing, or policy efforts. It is anticipated that a team of 3-4 consultants will be retained for an initial period of 5 months from August through November 2017. Consultants will report to the Vice President of Programs.

Please view the Request for Proposals for details.
Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, July 28, 2017.

Deaconess Hosts Policy Forum on Child Well-Being

“Children at the Center” includes $600,000 in grants, advocacy, service and fun

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Deaconess Foundation will host a policy forum addressing current policy initiatives around children. Learn more>> 

Faith Leaders advocate for children

Deaconess leads delegation to Child Advocacy Day.  Learn more>> 

Deaconess supports FREE gun lock distribution

Deaconess joins Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice and the City of St. Louis in a free gun lock distribution on Friday, April 1st.  Learn more>>

Deaconess joins national effort to #banthebox

Deaconess joins 41 foundations in "banning the box" by adopting fair chance hiring policies or ensuring that questions about criminal convictions do not appear on applications for employment.  Learn more>>


Deaconess Foundation will be accepting applications through its annual grant cycle beginning on February 22nd. Learn more>>


Deaconess Foundation, through its annual grant cycle, supported a wide range of St. Louis-area organizations to improve systems and encourage policies that enhance child well-being. Learn more>>


Free family festival includes advocacy forum, parent organizing and children's service fair. Learn more>>

DEACONESS leads st. louis child advocacy delegation

150 Church Leaders and Child Advocates travel to Jefferson City.  Learn more>>

Deaconess announces community capacity building funding

Deaconess Foundation is introducing a Youth Organizing funding stream to help support and promote community organizing among the region's youth who have taken the lead in demanding policy change from civil leaders and elected officials.  In addition to Youth Organizing, the 2015 grant cycle will again include funding for Nonprofit Organization Advocacy and Collective Impact Network CapacityLearn more>>

Deaconess Provides $250,000 Loan to IFF for Projects Serving Families

Foundation Leverages Resources in Mission-Related Investment

Deaconess Foundation continued its practice of supporting St. Louis area community development financial institutions today, announcing a $250,000 loan to IFF, a nonprofit lender, real estate consultant, and developer in the region. The loan aligns with the Foundation’s vision of a community that gives priority attention to its most vulnerable children. IFF plans to use the loan for projects helping local low-income children and families.  Learn more>>

St. Louis joins #SelmaforStudents to make Movie free for Teens

Ford Foundation partners with Deaconess to educate 6,250 locally

Just in time for commemorations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Deaconess Foundation is partnering with Ford Foundation and a group of African-American business and civic leaders to provide free admission for up to 6,250 St. Louis area teens to see Academy Award®-nominated film “SELMA” at participating theaters as part of the national SELMA Education Project.  Learn more>> 

forget the optics, ferguson commission is off to strong start

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  There is a rich history in American politics of support for the idea that one committed individual willing and able to stay on his feet and talk for hours can shut down debate — even against an overwhelming majority. Learn more>> 

Challenges of the Ferguson Commission

St. Louis American:  First, let us say that we support unequivocally the stated mission and proposed work of the Ferguson Commission and want to do anything in our power to help the commissioners better communicate their efforts in addressing the deeply-entrenched, long-neglected problems underlying the crisis in Ferguson. Learn more>> 

Justice in Ferguson is About Long-Term Change

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   What does justice look like? That was the question asked recently by the Rev. Starsky Wilson at a gathering of local and national philanthropic executives.  Rev. Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, directed the inquiry specifically to Patricia Byrnes and Tory Russell, two young African-Americans who have been omnipresent at the Ferguson protests since Aug. 9, when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Learn more>>

DEACONESS CEO STANDS WIth faith leaders in Ferguson


Deaconess Awards $500,000 to Local Children’s Hospitals

Deaconess Foundation, as part of its 125th Anniversary, awarded special multi-year grants totaling $500,000 to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to fund the purchase of kidney dialysis equipment and allow for greater access to care for children.  Learn more »   

Deaconess invests $100,000 in Ferguson Response

On August 20, 2014, in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent civil unrest in Ferguson, Deaconess Foundation made a special allocation of $100,000 for community capacity building to address issues exposed by the events.  Learn more »  

St. Louis Region Unites for Our Youth

Ready by 21 St. Louis, a collaborative effort to ensure that young people in our region have the supports they need to be productive, connected, healthy and safe, has chosen United Way of Greater St. Louis to serve as the initiative’s backbone organization. Learn more »   

Deaconess partners with Churches to improve Childhood Literacy

In conjunction with International Literacy Day on September 8, Deaconess Foundation announced commitments totaling more than $21,000 to 19 St. Louis-area United Church of Christ congregations in support of literacy work in their neighborhoods.  Learn more » 

Deaconess Foundation President and CEO, Reverend Starksy Wilson on Stay Tuned

St. Louis PBS Affiliate, the Nine Network devoted its entire prime time schedule on August 21 to conversations about events in Ferguson and where we go from here.  Rev.  Wilson discussed the need to change our civic infrastructure to support children and youth following the tragic events in Ferguson.  Learn more » 

County Executive Engages St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund to Provide Support for Youth, Families Impacted by Mike Brown Incident

St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley today asked The St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund to develop a plan for providing mental health services for children and families impacted by the tragic shooting of Ferguson teen Michael Brown. Learn more » 

Deaconess Grants More Than $500,000 for Children’s Advocacy

Deaconess Foundation invested in a wide range of St. Louis-area organizations to achieve better outcomes for children and youth by announcing grants totaling more than half a million dollars to 24 projects and the regional initiative entitled “Ready by 21.”  Learn more » 

If kids do count in Missouri, lawmakers must reverse trends

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The most difficult part of reading the annual "Kids Count" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is determining which of the many terrible ways Missouri treats its most vulnerable citizens is the worst. Learn more » 


Deaconess Puts “Children at the Center” of Conversation

Deaconess Foundation is sponsoring a day-long special event on July 26th at the YMCA O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex in north St. Louis. The special event, entitled “Children at the Center,” will include a child advocacy forum, parent organizing training, and recreational activities throughout the day for children and families. Learn more »

Rev. Starsky Wilson honored for helping children flourish

St. Louis American:  St. Louis Children’s Hospital awarded Reverend Starsky Wilson, 37, with its Child Advocacy Award this year. The award, established in 1994, recognizes local and state leaders “who leverage their positions, influence and resources to advance the hospital’s mission to do what’s right for kids.” Learn more »

Rev. Starsky Wilson Honored for Child Advocacy by St. Louis Children’s Hospital

St. Louis American:  It’s not the programs, it’s the partnerships that create an environment where children flourish, according to Reverend Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation. Wilson will receive the annual Child Advocacy Award for his role as a catalyst in these critical community partnerships. Learn more »  Click here for a video clip from the ceremony.

Poverty and Academic STruggle go hand-in-hand

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The correlation between high-poverty schools and low academic achievement sounds obvious, and it is well-documented over decades. But as Missouri has had perhaps its deepest conversation to date about the state of its failing schools, the connection between poverty and performance has never been so plain.  Learn more »

Deaconess Celebrates 125 Years of Impact

Area leaders including the Honorable Charlie A. Dooley, County Executive, St. Louis County, Missouri, and the Honorable Francis G. Slay, Mayor, City of St. Louis, gathered recently at Eden Seminary to observe Deaconess’ 125 years of mission in the St. Louis region. They were joined by individuals and organizations who have been beneficiaries of Deaconess grants over the years, including youth ambassadors from Loyola Academy and De La Salle Middle School, as well as community and religious leaders.  Learn more »  

125th anniversary of deaconess mission

This year, Deaconess Foundation celebrates 125 years of serving the health needs of the greater St. Louis community. The Foundation looks forward to continuing its mission, helping to build a community that values the health and well-being of all children and gives priority attention to its most vulnerable. Many events have been scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the 125th anniversary. Learn more »

Deaconess FUnds Social Change for Children

St. Louis American: Deaconess Foundation is the first organization in Missouri to join Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative led by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Read the article »

Deaconess Nursing Scholar

Working as a traveling nurse is a career prospect

St. Louis American: Rachel Sites, a freshman nursing student, is one of several student who received scholarships for nursing education through a collaborative effort by Deaconess Foundation, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and the St. Louis American Foundation. Read the article »


As part of the organization’s continuing commitment to innovation for greater impact on children’s outcomes, Deaconess Foundation became the first foundation in Missouri to commit to Philanthropy’s Promise. The initiative encourages grantmakers to give at least half their grant dollars to underserved communities and at least one quarter of their grant dollars for systematic change efforts. Learn more or see which grantmakers have made similar commitments »

Money to boost Bright Flight can be spent better

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A proposal before the Missouri Legislature purports to keep the “best and brightest” in the state. Read the article »

Becoming a mothering metropolis

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis City ranks dead last among the state’s 115 counties in the composite ranking of economic well-being, health, safety and education. Read the article »


St. Louis Beacon: A regional plan to attack youth violence by paying more attention to perpetrators and improving the safety and well-being of children and families was announced this morning by area political and community leaders. Read the article »


St. Louis American: Deaconess Foundation Nursing Scholarship recipients received the first of two awards for the upcoming school year. Read the article »


St. Louis Beacon: When the Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, talked about health disparities at the Our Community, Our Health conference, he chose to focus on the experience of a marginalized community of limited literacy, widespread poverty and little medical attention. Read the article »