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May 16, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Trayvon Martin and Violence Against Children: Where’s the Outrage? Where’s the Action?                

By Chris Krehmeyer

Much has been written and spoken about the tragic death of young Trayvon Martin.  So I will not add to that part of this sad story.  I do, however, want to talk about how we can move forward... read full article here.

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St. Louis
  • WUMC 2011 End-of-Year Review- Washington University Medical Center's 2011 end-of-year review highlights recent developments in the CWE and Forest Park Southeast. View report here.
  • $14 Million to  Support Natural Bridge Rd Great Streets Initaitve- University of Missouri St. Louis has announced that $14 million of funding has been committed to redesigning a section of Natural Bridge Rd. Read full story here.
  • Saturday May 19 Old North House and Community Tour- This Saturday May 19 from 10am to 4pm, the annual tour highlighting Old North's architectural character, lush gardens, and the warmth of the community will once again be paired with the Old North HomeGrown Street Festival which puts the spotlight on locally produced crafts, foods, goods, services, and music. For more information click here
  • St. Louis Metro Ranks 186th in Serious Mortgage Delinquencies- In a new study by MetroTrends, which has mapped out loan origination, foreclosure and delinquency rates across the country, the St. Louis Metro Region has ranked 186th in serious delinquencies among 366 metropolitan regions, with a serious delinquency rate of 8.1% and a foreclosure rate of 4.5%. See full study here.
  • House votes to defund the American Community Survey- The U.S. House of representatives voted last Wednesday to eliminate the American Community Survey, an annual survey of U.S. socioeconomic characteristics. Read full story here.

Training and Workshops

  • UMSL Offering CE Class on Bylaws- University of Missouri St. Louis is offering a continuing education class on bylaws for nonprofits.  The class will cover the basics of writing and reviewing bylaws as well as how it can be used to bolster management and governance of nonprofit organizations. The class will be held on June 20, 2012, and has a fee of $20. View class flier here.
  • Fair Lending and Foreclosure Prevention Training- Diane Cipollone, Director of Fair Lending Training Program of the National Fair Housing Alliance of Washington, D.C. will be presenting a training entitled: "Loan Applications and Modifications-How to Ensure Your Client's Fair Lending Rights are Preserved." The training will be held on June 14, 2012, at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Register here.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Regional Housing Forum- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Jack Kemp Foundation are sponsoring a housing forum titled Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow. It will feature Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond (Co-Chair, BPC Housing Commission) and James Bullard (President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis). The forum is on June 5, 2012, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. View details here.
  • Smaller Cities That Think Big- This Audioconference is part of the Connecting Communities series and is sponsored by the Federal Reserve System. The session is on transforming smaller industrial cities, and research from Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston Feds will be discussed. The audioconference is on May 29, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET). View more details here.
  • Webinar: How to Build a Powerful Grantseeking Calendar- This webinar, offered by GrantStation, focuses on how to design and effectively use a grant decision matrix, simplify your grants research, and create project specific grantseeking strategies. It will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012. Registration fee is $89. view more details here.
  • Executive Director Seminar Series- Nonprofit Services Center is offering a seminar series for new executive directors.  Eligible applicants for this series should: 1) Be the executive director of a health serving or health-related organization, 2) Have three years or less in your current role as executive director, 3) Have organizations with an annual budget ranging in size between $200,000 and $10 million dollars, 4) Commit to attend all four sessions. Application deadline in June 1, 2012. Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities

  • 50 States for Good- This is a national initiative to support grassroots community projects. This year five $20,000 grants and one grant of $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working on community projects. Application deadline is June 12, 2012. View more details here.
  • Promise Neighborhood Grants- This grant, offered through the Department of Education, supports place-based activities that enhance the education and development of children and youth in distressed communities. Special consideration may be given to implementation activities that address the following priorities: comprehensive local early learning networks, quality Internet connectivity, arts and humanities, and quality affordable housing. The deadline for the letter of intent is June 8, 2012. For more details, click here.
  • Community Arts Grants- Missouri Arts Council is now offering Monthly Strategic Grants for programs targeting art education and community development. Grants range from $3000 - $5,000, and the deadline is the first Monday of each month. Click here for more information.
  • Tourism Cares 2012 Grants- Tourism Cares is offering up to twelve $10,000 grants for tourism-related projects. Nonprofits can apply for projects to conserve, preserve, or restore tourism-related site, or educate visitors to the site. For more information click here.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiatives Supported- 

Job Opportunities

  • Community Engagement Specialist- Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is hiring a Community Engagement Specialist. Duties of this position include coordinating community engagement, planning & managing community events, and assistance with other community development projects that further ONSLRG’s mission. The Community Engagement Specialist reports to ONSLRG’s Executive Director. Click here for more details.
  • Economic Development Coordinator- The city of Woodson Terrace is seeking a part-time economic development coordinator. Some responsibilities for the position include business development activities and working to improve opportunities for entrepreneurial growth in the City. The application deadline is June 8, 2012. View full job post here.
  • Community Engagement VISTA- Beyond Housing is hiring a community engagemnet VISTA to assist with the expansion of community engagement programs and assisting with the development of capacity building efforts for local resident groups, community and faith organizations. Click here for full job description. 


  • St. Louis 29th Most Economically Segregated Metros- A recent Brookings Institution report on Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools ranks top 100 metros on factors that create barriers to children accessing high quality schools. Read more about this report or the St. Louis metro area fact sheet.  
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