Funder Collaboratives

Philanthropy Missouri partners with several local grantmaker collaboratives and professional communities. We seek to amplify their work and support their ongoing contributions to the philanthropic sector. 


Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of change-makers who strive for excellence and equity in the practice of philanthropy. EPIP envisions a world where people of all identities can live full and prosperous lives, supported by a diverse, equitable, inclusive and effective philanthropic sector. EPIP St. Louis, one of 16 national chapters, is explicitly focused on addressing racial injustice, fostering systems change, and ultimately achieving equity in philanthropy. Safe space is created to allow emerging professionals to grow in their understanding of inequity and the way in which it impacts our region through professional and leadership development, mentoring, shared learning, advocacy and networking opportunities.




Foundant GLM Users Group

This is an informal gathering of organizations that utilize Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) as their grantmaking database; the group meets once a quarter to discuss different features, challenges, and techniques that can help facilitate the work.  Meetings will rotate locations between the participating agencies.  Various levels of experience with Foundant GLM are represented.

Contact: Katy Keller (


St. Louis 2020 Census Funders Working Group

The Census Funders Group was formed to support coordinated efforts that decrease under-counts and increase overall participation in the 2020 Census, with a particular focus on hard-to-count communities; reduce real and perceived barriers to census participation in the community; increase availability of culturally responsive and accurate census information to traditionally underrepresented communities; and build the capacity of traditionally under-counted communities to engage in the 2020 Census. The funders group awarded grants in late 2019 to over 30 organizations and continued to work with partners on the ground through summer 2020 to provide operational support and messaging updates as needed. The Funders Group hopes to continue to build on this work as a region, so that the region is prepared for the next decade’s census activity.

Contact: Alexandra Rankin (; Elizabeth George (


St. Louis Funders Learning and Evaluation Group (FLEG)

In 2015, representatives from ten local grant-making institutions met for an initial discussion about their own learning and evaluation strategies and how they intersect with and impact those of their funded partners. The purpose was to create a space for funders to discuss opportunities for collaboration, alignment, and coordination within the areas of data use, capacity building, and funded partner-funder relationships. FLEG now consists of five committees (Steering, Operations, Data Collection & Use, Capacity Building, and Grantee Voice) each of whom have established their own strategic goals/projects, which are supported and aligned through the Steering Committee. In addition, members of all five committees meet annually in December to engage in strategic planning for the upcoming year.

Contact: Complete their Interest Indicator Form or email:

Want to learn more? Read FLEG's Overview Slide Deck. Also, check out their Strengthening Funded Partner-Funder Relationships Through Honest Conversations report for 2021 that recaps their mission and activities for the year. 


St. Louis Food Funders Collaborative

The St Louis Food Funders is an informal network of funders interested in the health, sustainability, and accessibility of the local food system in the St. Louis region. For the last several years, STL Food Funders members have collaborated on funding a number of projects, including securing federal funding for food assistance matching dollars, building a shared-use community kitchen, developing and growing the local Food Policy Council, launching a Good Food business accelerator, and repurposing vacant land for urban orchards. The group is facilitated by its participants, and there are no requirements to join.

Contact: Ryan Strode (