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.
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.