The Community Capacity Building Initiative is the deliberate coordination of work and resources designed to create, strengthen, and expand the region’s capability to achieve and sustain effective action that brings about better outcomes for children and youth. It includes a series of strategic grant-making intended to make children’s well-being a civic priority for the St. Louis region. Through the Initiative, Deaconess Foundation seeks to:
Mobilize and earn trust with diverse constituencies through community engagement around the plight of children’s well-being;
Expand community knowledge by resourcing and informing translation of research in areas of child well-being through policy development;
Leverage our faith heritage, the community, and the region’s capacity building expertise through advocacy, and;
Focus mission-related monetary distribution through financial investment in endeavors that will improve the well-being of our children.
Many of your organizations work to improve the educational, social, emotional, and physical well-being of our youth. Deaconess Foundation’s aim is to help increase your capacity to serve and give the families you promote a stronger and more unified voice. The 2015 grant cycle includes broader opportunities for community capacity building through collective engagement. In addition to the awarding of advocacy grants, there are funding streams aimed at building or strengthening collective impact network capacity within the region, as well as support for youth as they organize to dismantle systemic inequalities in the region.
Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collective (MOVE)