Funder Briefing: Two New Strategic Grantmaking Tools

Open to: 
PhilMO Full Members (free) & Non-Member Funders (free)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
9:00am to 10:30am CDT
Online Zoom Meeting
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Program Description

Join Philanthropy Missouri for a virtual, interactive funder briefing unpacking the Community Investment Explorer 2.0 regional capital flows map and the St. Louis Nonprofit Indicators report; two new tools that grantmakers might use to inform and enhance place-based philanthropic strategies. We are excited to welcome subject matter experts to present on each resource, including Mike Eggleston, Senior Community Development Advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Paul Sorenson, Interim Co-Director of the UMSL Community Innovation & Action Center and Director of the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance. Participants will learn how to navigate and leverage each resource for their unique grantmaking practices, with time for live discussion and questions following each presentation.


9:00am - Welcome & Introductions

9:05am - Presentation of Community Investment Explorer 2.0 by Mike Eggleston, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

9:35am - Interactive Q&A

9:45am - Presentation of St. Louis Nonprofit Indicators report by Paul Sorenson, UMSL Community Innovation & Action Center & St. Louis Regional Data Alliance

10:15am - Interactive Q&A

Non-Member Registration: If you are a Missouri funder that is not currently a member, please contact to be registered for this program.

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Mike Eggleston
Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Mike is a Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. As an experienced community economic development professional with expertise in finance, data visualization, and policy analysis, Mike is passionate about increasing economic opportunity for people with low income. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Incarnate Word Foundation, a member of the Finance Advisory Board for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, and a member of the Advisory Board for the St. Louis CDFI Coalition. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University–Bloomington and a master’s in public policy administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Community Investment Explorer (CIE) 2.0This interactive mapping tool enables users to analyze the equitable distribution of capital from 2012 to 2020 in regions throughout the United States. Data are available from 10 community and economic development programs, including the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, and others. Capital flows are shown across four dimensions, including: total funding, funding in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods; funding in majority nonwhite neighborhoods; and use of funds by program.

Paul Sorenson, MSW
Interim Co-Director, UMSL Community Innovation & Action Center (CIAC)
Director, St. Louis Regional Data Alliance (RDA)

As one of CIAC's Interim Co-Directors, Paul leads the collaborative St. Louis Regional Data Alliance (RDA) to support local governments, nonprofits, funders, and universities in using data for community benefit. The RDA is actively involved in building public health data infrastructure to address COVID-19 and beyond, and works closely with United Way 2-1-1 and its partners on establishing the St. Louis Community Information Exchange to share referrals across health and social service providers. Paul graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 in 2014 and was a FOCUS St. Louis Impact Fellow as part of its 2016 inaugural cohort centered on racial equity.

St. Louis Regional Nonprofit Indicators ReportThis report aims to be the most comprehensive, rigorous report on the St. Louis region’s nonprofit sector to date. Exploring a total of 12 population-level indicators and 29 sub indicators that richly capture nonprofit characteristics, finances, economic impact, and funding, the report provides a rich overview of the St. Louis region's nonprofit sector and benchmarks it against peer regions.