Children

St. Louis

Animals

The Dana Brown Charitable Trust believes in discovery. We’re on a search for organizations who embrace new perspectives and innovative approaches to seizing possibilities and turning them into outcomes, specifically with regard to those who need our support the most, disadvantaged children in the St. Louis Metropolitan region.

Most of Dana Brown’s lifetime philanthropic efforts were centered in his beloved St. Louis, the place where he built the Safari Coffee brand and the place he called home. As a result, The Dana Brown Charitable Trust proudly limits our grants to the Greater St. Louis metro area. We are honored to support local nonprofit organizations as they follow in Dana Brown’s footsteps, displaying the courage, ambition, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to truly influence positive change and pioneer for a better St. Louis.

The Dana Brown Charitable Trust honors the legacy of the great philanthropist, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Dana Brown.

Throughout his lifetime, Dana infamously shared his world-travels with the St. Louis community through broadcast television and Safari Coffee commercials. It was Dana’s belief that exposure to the beauty of nature, other cultures, and wild animals was deeply enriching to others. We continue this tradition by providing grants to organizations focused on protecting and promoting the health and welfare of animals in the St. Louis Metropolitan region.

The Dana Brown Charitable Trust provides for the health, education, and welfare of disadvantaged children and the health and welfare of animals in the St. Louis Metro area.

By The Numbers

We believe our impact on the St. Louis community should be both strong and direct and we’re proud to showcase the positive outcomes we’ve helped influence over the last 22 years.

100%
Money for Animals and Children
100%
Money for St. Louis Organizations
22
Years of Grantmaking Excellence
100
Unique Grant Requests Fulfilled In 2016
313
Total Organizations Funded

$3.6million
Distrubuted Anually

$77million
Distrubuted in Total

Grant Rules and Guidelines

As with any great adventure, there are a few rules and guidelines in place to ensure that we all get the most out of our journey. Read through the grant rules and guidelines below to get a feel for if applying for a grant is a good fit for you.

Are you a public charity currently registered as a 501(c)(3) organization? If you answered yes, you are off to a good start.

Are you a Supporting Organization or looking for funding for a feasibility study? That’s not quite in our wheelhouse. The Dana Brown Charitable Trust makes grants to organizations that will use their funds directly for the benefit of animals or children in the St. Louis Metro area.

Are you wondering how to get started? The first step is to submit a Letter of Intent. All potential grant recipients must first complete this requirement before being invited to submit a full grant application.

Are you wondering about deadlines? We have two grant cycles, Spring and Fall. Letters of Intent are due on February 15th for our Spring cycle and August 15th for our Fall cycle. In both cycles, our grantmaking committee will meet within the month to review Letters of Intent and invite organizations to complete our full grant application. If invited, full grant applications deadlines are May 15th and November 15th for the Spring and Fall sessions respectively. Our Progress Report deadline is 10 months after your initial award-notification date.

For more grant rules and guidelines, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

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