About Us

The Dana Brown Charitable Trust honors the legacy of St. Louis entrepreneur, philanthropist, and adventurer, Dana Brown. When Dana passed away on October 21, 1994, he established The Dana Brown Charitable Trust at Mercantile Trust Company (now US Bank). For the last 24 years, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust has continued Dana Brown’s personal mission to share his self-made fortunes to enrich the lives of his fellow St. Louisans.


Learn About Our Legacy

We regretfully inform you of the recent passing of Lela Rice on July 17, 2018. For many years, Lela served as Dana Brown’s business assistant and trusted confidant. Upon Dana’s death in 1994, Lela assumed the role of Co-Trustee of the Dana Brown Charitable Trust. For almost twenty five years she served as an active participant of the Trust’s Grant Making Committee. Because of her close relationship with Dana, she provided invaluable guidance to the Committee in its grant allocation decisions. She will be greatly missed by all of us at the Dana Brown Charitable Trust.


The group of passionate and dedicated individuals who make the Dana Brown Charitable Trust possible.

Daniel Watt

Daniel Watt

Executive Director

Rosemary Fairhead

Senior V.P. - U.S. Bank

Jennifer M. Kipping

Senior V.P. - U.S. Bank

curtis searcy us bank

Curtis B. Searcy

Senior V.P. - U.S. Bank

Katherine D. Siddens

V.P. - U.S. Bank

James T. Tyrrell

Senior V.P. - U.S. Bank

Collaborative Initiatives

Through collaboration, we are all able to achieve greater outcomes from our work. The Dana Brown Charitable Trust deeply values the commitment of organizations that find opportunities to unify their missions towards a common goal. In 2017 we’re launching a collaboration initiative in which we provide the resources and network for grant-seeking organizations to connect together and better implement their strategic plans.

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Recipient Showcase

The Dana Brown Charitable Trust views our journey as a philanthropic adventure where the outcome is opportunity. We provide organizations the chance to have a strong positive impact on the St. Louis region specifically for those who are least capable of helping themselves: children and animals.