Deaconess Foundation's grantee communications toolkit serves as a resource to guide communications relating to the grantee-foundation partnership and is available here. 

Helpful Population Data:

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book

Vision for Children at Risk’s 2017-18 Children of Metropolitan St. Louis Report

Copies of the report may be purchased online of via mail for $25 each plus $5 shipping and handling. Online data searches and customizable reports can also be accessed here.

The Children’s Defense Fund’s The State of America’s Children® 2017 Report

2017 Funding Opportunities Informational Sessions

In April 2017, Deaconess Foundation hosted public meetings to introduce our new Just for Kids funding strategy and grant opportunities. Please view our Theory of Change and presentation slides to learn about the history and vision of the Foundation, our commitment to racial equity, Just for Kids Theory of Change, and new grant, mission-related investment, and partnership opportunities. Watch the video of the final session below!

Resources Informing the Just for Kids Theory of Change

“A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy,” Annie E. Casey Foundation and Organizational Research Services, December 2007,

Crutchfield, Leslie R. Forces For Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits. New York: Wiley, 2012.

Dressel, Paula and Greg Hodge, “Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” D5 Coalition, December 2013,

Friedman, Mark, Trying Hard is Not Good Enough: How to Produce Measurable Improvements for Customers and Communities, PARSE Publishing, 2015.

“GEAR - Getting Equity Advocacy Results,” PolicyLink,

Jared Raynor, Peter York and Shao-Chee Sim, What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization: A Framework for Determining Advocacy Capacity, TCC Group, January 2009,

“Many Hands, More Impact: Philanthropy’s Role in Supporting Movements,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, November 2013,

Mackinnon, Anne, Julie Quiroz, and Lori Villarosa, “Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens,” Grantcraft, May 2007,

Pastor, Manuel, Jennifer Ito, and Madeline Wander, “Changing States: A Framework for Progressive Governance,” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, May 2016,

Putnam, Robert, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015.

Ranghelli, Lisa, “Leveraging Limited Dollars: How Grantmakers Achieve Tangible Results by Funding Policy and Community Engagement,” National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, January 2012,

Riesman, Jane, Anne Gienapp, and Sarah Stachowiak, “A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy,” Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2007,

Senge, Peter, Hal Hamilton, and John Kania. “The Dawn of System Leadership,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2015,

Shapiro, Thomas M., Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, New York: Basic Books, 2017.

“Smarter Philanthropy for Greater Impact: Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, February 2014,

“Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, February 2016,