Responsive Philanthrophy: Civil Unrest in St. Louis County

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.  In the months to come, additional funds were leveraged and provided through grant streams in excess of $550,000.

Deaconess staff has been highly-engaged in coordinating roles with community organizers, local clergy, civil rights activists and national funders to inform, develop, and align a systemic response consistent with its mission and vision for children.

WHY ENGAGE?

Deaconess acts according to core values: Justice, Hope, Service, Identity and Faithfulness. 

We believe a just society is essential for the full achievement of individual and community health.

WHAT ENGAGEMENT TOOK PLACE?

Deaconess engagement meant more than money.

Deaconess responded to St. Louis county civil unrest in four key areas: community engagement, policy development, advocacy and financial investment.

HOW MUCH HAS BEEN SPENT?

Deaconess invested and/or leveraged more than $550,000 in the following areas:

Youth Organizing / Non-violence Training / Civil Rights Education / Policy Development / Convening National Philanthropic Leaders / Nonprofit Advocacy / Collective Impact

HOW WERE THE FUNDS SPENT?

Arch City Defenders (Operation Hush or Help) -- $2,500 for Ferguson Alternative Spring Break

Bending the Arc National Funder’s Briefing -- $4,700 for meeting expenses for national funders

Dr. Allan Boesak -- $1,000 Honorarium for community meeting on radical reconciliation

Emerging Wisdom -- $1,800 for meeting facilitation for African-American leaders

Ferguson Youth Initiative -- $2,500 for general operating support

Jamison Memorial Human Resource Development -- $1,000 for summer Freedom school at Greater St. Mark church.

The King Center -- $10,000 for non-violence training for youth in Riverview Gardens High School

Missourian’s Organizing for Reform and Empowerment- - $2,500 for program support for Black Souljahs (community organizers)

Missourian’s Organizing for Reform and Empowerment- - $1,000 for general operating support

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference -- $5,000 for youth organizer’s retreat and training

SELMA for Students Education Project -- $12,050 for middle school students to attend screenings of the movie “SELMA”

SLU Law Center -- $2,000 for children and youth advocacy clinic

St. Louis Crisis Nursery - $5,000 – for mothers and infants outreach in Ferguson

The Ethics Project -- $1,000 for youth summit

United Way (Ferguson Commission) -- $25,000 for operational support

Youth Council for Positive Development (Organization for Black Struggle) -- $45,000 for general operating support and youth organizing.

WHAT ADDITIONAL FUNDS WERE LEVERAGED?

Through collaboration with local and national foundations, an additional $360,000 funds thus far contributed to local responses. 

Missouri Foundation for Health (Ferguson Commission) -- $100,000 for operational support

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Ferguson Commission) -- $100,000 for operational support

Public Welfare Foundation (Ferguson Youth Organizing Fund) -- $75,000

Ford Foundation (#SelmaForStudents Project) -- $25,000

NBA Players Association Fdtn (Ferguson Youth Organizing Fund) -- $20,000

Casey Family Funds - Kellogg (Ferguson Youth Organizing Fund) -- $10,000

Greater St. Louis Community Foundation (Ferguson Commission) -- $10,000

United Way of Greater St. Louis (#SelmaForStudents Project) -- $5,000

Daughters of Charity (Ferguson Commission) -- $5,000

Incarnate Word Foundation (Ferguson Commission) -- $5,000

Lutheran Foundation (Ferguson Commission) -- $5,000

African American Business Leaders (#SelmaForStudents Project) -- $4,950

Anheuser Busch Companies (#SelmaForStudents Project) -- $2,000

McCormack Baron (#SelmaForStudents Project) -- $1,000

WHAT ADDITIONAL GRANTS WERE PROVIDED?

An excess of $120,000 in grants have been awarded in 2015 through the Youth Organizing grant stream.  List of all 2015 grant recipients is available here.