2020 Racial Equity Summit – Co-Sponsors

Platinum Level Co-Sponsors:

Registration for the Racial Equity Summit is free to all, thanks to a generous Platinum Level Co-Sponsorship from Maxine Clark and Bob Fox and the Deaconess Foundation.

Maxine Clark and Bob Fox established the Clark-Fox Family Foundation in 2004 to promote regional growth and prosperity by lifting up those populations that have been marginalized by society. They believe that those currently marginalized represent a goldmine of untapped talent to fuel growth and make St. Louis a more attractive, just and equitable place to live, work and raise a family. They focus on PK-12 and higher education, public health, immigration, social justice, racial equity, criminal justice reform, community leadership and entrepreneurship.
Deaconess Foundation is a grant making organization building power for child well-being through philanthropy, advocacy and organizing for racial equity and public policy change. The Foundation envisions a community that values the health and well-being of all children and gives priority attention to the most vulnerable. This community only thrives if the allocation of power and distribution of resources, benefits, opportunities and burdens are not predictable by, nor predicated on race. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $85 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation’s advocacy and grant making footprint includes St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois.

Gold Level Co-Sponsors:

Missouri Budget Project improves the quality of life for all Missourians by informing public policy decisions through objective research and analysis of state budget, tax and economic issues.

Women’s Voices achieves our mission through education and advocacy.   Our program committee selects a variety of knowledgeable speakers to provide information on a variety of social justice issues. Programs are held on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7 p.m. at The Heights (Maplewood-Richmond Heights Community Center), 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights 63117.  Programs are open to the public, free of charge, and guests are welcome. 

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) works within the Jewish and broader communities in St. Louis to enhance cooperation with other religious, racial, ethnic and civic groups; foster a just, democratic and pluralistic society; and promote the security of Israel and Jews everywhere. Guided by Jewish values, the JCRC advocates, educates, collaborates and mobilizes action on issues important to the Jewish community.

Beyond Housing helps communities become better places to live. Thriving communities support healthy families and children. They offer a sense of pride and ownership. They see people through a crisis and help them build their dreams into realities. We are a comprehensive community development organization convening partners and providing leadership. From purchasing a home to health, education, jobs, and economic development, we offer holistic resources and support. By strengthening communities, we empower the people and families who call their community home.

The Mission of Operation Food Search is to nourish and educate our neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger.

Missouri KidsFirst empowers adults to protect children from abuse and neglect through community education, professional training, and child advocacy.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Places for People was founded 47 years ago in response to the then new federal policy of deinstitutionalization, which moved patients living in mental institutions back into the community. The idea was that this community-based model of care would be more cost-effective and humane. However, the infrastructure to support this type of effort was simply not in place. In response, Places for People was conceived to provide a “place” – a storefront – in the community where the hundreds of men and women who had been deinstitutionalized could receive services, including finding a new place to call home.

Sterling Bank is a great community bank with the structural and cultural impact that is built to last. What does that mean? We are an integral part of the communities we service. Being involved in the development and progress of our communities is our passion. We build relationships with our customers to help them reach their financial goals. We support our area schools, businesses, and organizations to make our communities stronger. 

BUZZBOLD helps nonprofit staff discover and build the right balance of digital systems and solutions for building relationships and expanding your impact. We help you GROW CONNECTED.

Missouri Jobs with Justice’s mission is to Organize Missourians to build transformative power for social, racial, and economic justice in our state. We believe that strong relationships rooted in justice, equity and solidarity are necessary for building transformative power for social, racial and economic justice.

Journey to New Life, Inc., was founded in 2013 after seven individuals, each with a substantial history and experience working with prisoner re-entry programs, came together to share experiences, discuss challenges and offer ideas. It was through those organic conversations that the group discovered some common factors that, when present together, created a particularly underserved — and at-greater-risk — segment of the ex-offender population. It’s the triple barrier.

Anyone re-entering the community after prison faces many roadblocks to success. But, for those dealing with the additional challenges of mental illness or prior trauma, substance abuse and a history of incarceration, the journey is even more complex. Unfortunately, they had nowhere to turn for help. Journey to New Life was created to be that place.

Silver Level Co-Sponsors:

Chestnut Health Systems™  is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Chestnut offers a comprehensive scope of behavioral health and human services in Illinois. Our professional and experienced staff is committed to providing high-quality care and services to the communities we serve. From drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities (residential and outpatient), to primary care medical homes, to a research institute, Chestnut continuously works to achieve its mission to make a difference and improve quality of life through excellence in service.

Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 20,000 members and chapters across the United States.

Since 1987, we’ve advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. We educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system–including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 30 million Americans who have none.

Gateway Housing First (GHF) develops properties into affordable communities for hard to house individuals and families while also providing housing placement services, emergency assistance and limited case management to households needing Permanent Supportive Housing.  We do this through aggressively pursuing housing development opportunities to create new, affordable housing while partnering with local service providers to provide necessary clinical and treatment services.

More2 is a faith based membership organization in Kanas City focused on racial equity.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is Missouri’s independent, citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment. We are a trusted, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) state-level environmental advocacy organization, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a state-wide partner supporting allied organizations and initiatives around the state. We deliver vital information to thousands of Missourians on issues that affect our water, air, food, health, and the environment.

Kids Win Missouri is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the well-being of Missouri children. Our mission is to further child well-being by advancing the health, education, safety and development of Missouri children and their families, especially those who are at-risk because of poverty, abuse, neglect, racial inequities or other risk factors.

Missouri Faith Voices is a multi-faith, multi-racial, statewide, nonpartisan organization that is committed to empowering and transforming the lives of ordinary citizens who have been targeted by unfair policies and practices and oppressed by racial and economic injustice.  We create the hope, produce the power and equip those who are impacted with the knowledge and political will needed to create a just society for all Missourians.

MO Political Consulting offers progressive politicians strategic campaign consultation and the means to put that strategy into action. Through the wisdom and perspective gained from standing beside our numerous candidates, MO Political Consulting offers an innovative approach to the strategies that prove to be most effective. We offer the attention, urgency, and decisive action needed to solve problems as if our own reputation and success were on the line

The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness is the HUD Continuum of Care Lead Agency and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agency for the MO-604 CoC inclusive of Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS. Our team of committed nonprofit professionals works collaboratively with community stakeholders to secure resources and develop home grown strategies to end homelessness in the Kansas City region.

Our mission is to provide leadership, accountability, and oversight in the Kansas City area to support a framework that addresses the causes of homelessness and increases access to stable housing.

Bronze Level Co-Sponsors:

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters (MISD)
Kelly J. Berry
Bread for the World, St. Louis
Criminal Justice Ministry
Missouri Community Action Network (Missouri CAN) 
Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service


Find out how to become a co-sponsor of the Racial Equity Summit here


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