Deaconess Foundation has adopted the following definition of advocacy

In its broadest sense, the term advocacy refers to professionally-staffed activism around an issue. It seeks to influence policy through the building of public awareness and will and the publishing of research, in order to change laws or public policy (adapted from Forces for Good by Crutchfield & Grant). Simply put, advocacy is when nonprofit organizations promote a policy or idea and encourage others to adopt it. (National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy)

Policy Priorities

In 2015, Deaconess announced policy priorities based upon grantee concerns. Learn more.

In 2016, Deaconess launched the Child Well-Being Policy Platform.  Learn more.

Advocacy Grants

In 2013, after significant research and discussion, Deaconess Foundation decided to launch a new grant making initiative. Deaconess’ community capacity building initiative includes a series of investments designed to make the well-being of low-income children a civic priority.

The advocacy grants are part of Deaconess’ evolving community capacity building strategy, which builds on the Foundation’s work in recent years to assist individual child-focused organizations to become stronger and more effective agents of positive change for children. In 2014, Deaconess Foundation awarded more than $500,000 to 24 organizations to strengthen systems to achieve better outcomes for children and youth. These grants included grants meant to encourage much-needed advocacy on behalf of children, and to help the Foundation learn more about agencies pursuing this important work.

To view a list of 2014 Advocacy Grants click here.

2014 Advocacy Grant Recipients 

Epworth Children & Family Services  

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Let's Start, Inc.

Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri

Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis

Missouri Health Care for All

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

United for Children

Vision for Children at Risk