St Louis Nonprofits are part of what makes St. Louis a city with a rich history and bright future. Most of Dana Brown’s lifetime philanthropic efforts were centered in his beloved St. Louis. Therefore, we proudly award grants to St. Louis nonprofits, almost exclusively. Together, St. Louis’ nonprofit community and The Dana Brown Charitable Trust are creating a positive and tangible impact on the people and places around us.
What type of organization makes St. Louis a better place for its residents? The Dana Brown Charitable Trust believes that as long as you are a St. Louis nonprofit focused on animal welfare or the health, education, and welfare of disadvantaged children, you are making a positive contribution.
For 24 years, The Dana Brown Charitable Trust has awarded grants to St. Louis nonprofits. Our mission has allowed us to partner with organizations like The St. Louis Zoo and Children’s Hospital to Little Bit and Champs Dogs.
We don’t necessarily select the grant for St. Louis nonprofits we award based off of organization size or tenure, but rather the direct and measurable positive impact that your organization’s vision can have on our St. Louis community.
You don’t limit your vision, so why would we limit ours? The arts, science, education, leadership, counseling, health care, environmental protection; you name it. When direct and meaningful positive change is a possibility for St. Louis, we’re interested in hearing more about what you’re interested in.
The primary purpose of The Dana Brown Charitable Trust is to provide for the health, education and welfare of underprivileged/economically disadvantaged children in the St. Louis, Missouri Metropolitan area and the health & welfare of animals in the St. Louis, Missouri Metropolitan area. Your grant request will be required to satisfy the above expectations. Specifically:
Additionally, The Dana Brown Charitable Trust is focused on high-impact, low-risk funding and places high importance on those organizations that work collaboratively with other nonprofits.
The Dana Brown Charitable Trust is not an operating charitable foundation. Its purpose is to disburse funds to public charities that are presently recognized as qualified 501(c)(3) organizations for accomplishment of the Trust’s charitable purposes.
Accordingly, grants will not be made directly to individuals. In addition, the Grantmaking Committee may wish to make grants directly to the charitable organizations that will utilize the funds and, therefore, generally will not consider requests of Supporting Organizations. Grants will not be awarded for feasibility studies. Multi-year grants will be considered, but the fulfillment of immediate needs will generally be preferred over long-term possibilities.
Starting in 2017, The Dana Brown Charitable Trust is lifting our year-on-year-off funding restriction previously in place for grant submissions.
Dana Brown rejected the treatment of human beings on the basis of race, religion, national origin or gender. It is a purpose of The Dana Brown Charitable Trust to act accordingly.
The first step of applying for a grant from The Dana Brown Charitable Trust is to submit a Letter of Intent by completing this form on our website. Letters of Intent are due on February 15th (11:59pm CST) for our Spring grant cycle and August 15th (11:59pm CST) for our Fall grant cycle. In the event the Grantmaking Committee is interested in pursuing your funding request, you will receive an invitation to apply for the upcoming grant cycle. The invitation will include detailed instructions about how and where to apply.