Deaconess Impact Partnership

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:

  1. To build the sustainability of crucial child-serving nonprofits in St. Louis area;
  2. To strengthen leadership skills amongst nonprofit leaders and boards; and
  3. 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

Almost Home

Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center

Belle Children's Services of St. Louis Arc

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis

Christian Activity Center

Citizens for Missouri’s Children
(dissolved in 2010)

College Summit – St. Louis

Covenant House Missouri

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of St. Louis County 
(merged with Voices for Children in 2011)

De La Salle Middle School

Fathers' Support Center, St. Louis

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition 

Loyola Academy

Maternal, Child & Family Health Coalition

Neighborhood Houses

Nurses for Newborns

SouthSide Early Childhood Center

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery     

University City Children’s Center

Voices for Children

Youth Learning Center

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

Spring 2010

Summer 2008

Summer 2007

Winter 2006

“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