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What We Fund

Community Investments

Each year, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis works with our volunteer and professional community leadership to assess the needs of our community and establish strategic plans to sustain our vibrant Jewish ecosystem. Through our partnerships with thousands of donors, we then raise funds to meet those needs. Our volunteers then lead a community investment process to get those funds working to fulfill our mission through agencies, congregations, organizations, and programs. Our team then evaluates those investments based on the impact they are having here in St. Louis, in Israel and wherever there is a need. This community impact and philanthropy work has been done since our inception in 1901 and remains the core of our work. Click here to view a summary of the Community Impact Report.

Check out our 2019 Community Investments here.


Letter of Intent

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is proud to share that we have initiated a Letter of Intent (LOI) process to assist our communal institutions in the Community Investment process. Federation is looking to invest in projects, programs, and initiatives that will strengthen our Jewish community by addressing Federation’s priority areas. To learn more about our LOIs and to submit one, please click here.

Community Investment Opportunities

We have many funding opportunities available to nonprofit organizations and types of support available to individual community members. 

Learn more about our Community Investment Opportunities

Total Community Investments Chart

Sources of Funding


Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee

Community Impact Committee Chair: Craig Rosenthal
Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee Chair: Burt Garland
Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee Co-Chair: Emily Stein MacDonald
Board Chair: Greg Yawitz
Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee Members: Lila Balla, Jennifer Deutsch, Steve Gallant, Blair Kweskin, JoAnne Levy, Joey Mufson, Sue Schlichter


Mindee Fredman, Vice President, Community Impact
Emily Bornstein, Director, Community Investment & Evaluation
Lori Kabrun-Berry, Senior Associate, Community Impact
Nava Kantor, Manager, Impact & Evaluation
Colleen Doyle, Resource Assistant