Launched in 2004, the Deaconess Impact Partnership is a four-year organizational capacity building effort that strengthens the operations and leadership of child and youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis region. Deaconess Impact Partners receive focused, multi-year support. The support is designed to help each organization better achieve its mission and improve outcomes for low-income children and families in St. Louis. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested over $14 million in more than 20 agencies, known as Impact Partners.
The overall goals of the Partnership include the following:
- To build the sustainability of crucial child-serving nonprofits in St. Louis area;
- To strengthen leadership skills amongst nonprofit leaders and boards; and
- To model a more trusting and candid relationship between funders and grantees.
“Capacity building has given us the tools, time and resources to make sure we grow in a way that is sustainable and will have significant positive impact for the youth we serve.”
Flint Fowler, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Current & Past Impact Partners
Citizens for Missouri’s Children
(dissolved in 2010)
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of St. Louis County
(merged with Voices for Children in 2011)
What is Capacity Building?
Deaconess defines capacity building as a set of activities and decisions that strengthens an organization’s operations and enables it to better achieve its mission.
Core Elements of the Impact Partnership
The Partnership includes:
1) Development of a multi-year capacity building plan with funds to implement it;
2) Ongoing training and education sessions;
3) Peer exchanges and learning;
4) Regular coaching and consultation from Deaconess Foundation staff and consultants.
Impact Partnership Briefs
“At the beginning, we did not know what kind of roller coaster ride we were about to board. We hit highs and lows, twists and turns. However, as we exit this ride, we leave with a sustainable way to deliver high-quality programs to the children we serve.”
Rev. Chet Cantrell, Executive Director, Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis