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Participate in the 10 Gifts Challenge

The Staenberg Family Foundation is thrilled to celebrate its 10th Anniversary as a supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Guided by Jewish values, the Staenberg Family Foundation seeks to ensure that the Jewish community, as well as the greater St. Louis region, thrives and flourishes.

The Staenberg Family Foundation’s highest funding priority has been supporting services, projects and programs directed toward creating a thriving Jewish community. The Foundation’s other significant areas of interest include arts and culture, children, education and medical research which work toward the betterment of the St. Louis Metropolitan area. To celebrate 10 years as a supporting Foundation, the Staenberg Family Foundation is embarking on a year-long campaign to inspire others to get involved in our local nonprofit community, share stories of impact and challenging YOU to be part of their 10 Gifts Challenge.

10 Gifts Challenge
Over the course of the year, challenge 10 people to do something inspired by the Staenbergs.

This can include but is not limited to:

  • Mentor someone in the community who needs your help.
  • Volunteer your time at the food pantry, with seniors or at an upcoming event.
  • Make a donation to an organization that impacts a cause you care about.
  • Celebrate your successes to stay motivated in the future.
  • Inspire a friend to take on the 10 Gifts Challenge, too!

As you complete the 10 Gifts Challenge, share your journey on social media with the hashtag #10GiftsChallenge and don’t forget to tag your family and friends. Follow along to see what other members of community are doing to honor the Staenberg Family Foundation and follow in their footsteps. Together, we can accomplish the Staenbergs’ goal to “inspire others to give back to the community.”

Staenberg Stories
Throughout the year, the Staenberg Family Foundation is going to be telling the greatest success stories from their 10 years of giving. These compelling stories tell how the Staenberg’s giving has personally touched local organizations and made St. Louis and the world a better place. Check back each month for a new story at

The Staenberg Family Foundation is honored to start this celebratory year by receiving the Philanthropic Legacy Award from Gateway Center for Giving. The Staenberg’s and their Foundation have been recognized for granting more than $70 million in financial support to nearly 500 organizations, in addition to pro bono contributions and cost-saving measures valued at over $15 million, over the past decade, creating a significant legacy of philanthropy that now extends to a second generation of givers.

The Staenberg Family Foundation was founded in 2005 by Michael and Carol Staenberg as a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. As such, it supports projects and programs that meet the mission of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, which is to mobilize resources needed to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, Israel and around the world. The Staenbergs chose to establish the Foundation in this manner because they believe that the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ mission is consistent with their family values as Jews. Tzedakah (righteousness) and Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) are values that have guided the Jewish people and guide the Staenberg family. They also wanted to set an example of giving for the community and their immediate family.

“Our children are the next generation and it’s really important that we teach them the importance of giving to others. Tzedakah is basic to Judaism,” stated Carol Staenberg.