About Deaconess

Deaconess Foundation is a grant making organization building power for child well-being through philanthropy, advocacy and organizing for racial equity and public policy change. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $85 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation’s advocacy and grantmaking footprint includes St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois.

About Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being

Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is a community action tank established by Deaconess Foundation. Its mission is to build power to advance child well-being in the St. Louis region by strengthening alliances for child-friendly public policy, increasing citizen contact with policy makers, positioning youth and organizers to move systems and engaging faith communities in child advocacy. Since opening in 2018, Deaconess Center has hosted nearly 12,000 child advocates, civic leaders and community organizers in more than 600 convenings aligned with Deaconess’ policy agenda. More information can be found at deaconesscenter.org.
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