YouthBridge earns Gold Seal for Transparency

YouthBridge Community Foundation was recently recognized for our transparency with a Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. In order to get the Gold Seal, YouthBridge shared important information with the public using our profile on, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Now our community members and potential donors can find … More »

Taxes and Giving: Our Perspective

The new tax law signed into effect at the end of 2017 caused a great deal of discussion (and some concern) about its effect on charitable giving. At the heart of the matter was the increase in the standard deduction. In 2018 and beyond, itemizing charitable gifts will be a non-issue for any individual who … More »

Brackets for Good 2018

YouthBridge is proud to be the title partner for the 2018 STL Brackets for Good tournament.

12th Annual Family Business Speaker Series

Save the date: April 4, 2018

Family Business Roundtable Discussion

Michael Howard and Dan Bean, YouthBridge’s CEO and Board Chair, respectively, participated in a roundtable discussion about family businesses and transitions. The discussion was moderated by the St. Louis Business Journal. The panel addressed topics like: How family businesses can donate money effectively and responsibly How creating a charitable fund can involve younger generations in … More »

How New Tax Law Makes Planned Giving More Powerful

By: Russell N. James III, J.D., Ph.D., CFP Many have worried about the negative impact of the new tax law on charitable giving. A higher standard deduction means fewer itemizers. Non-itemizers can’t use charitable tax deductions. But, as I pointed out here, the new tax law makes charitable giving more attractive for many high wealth and high income donors. For those … More »

YouthBridge CEO Appointed to Children’s Trust Fund Board

Michael Howard, YouthBridge Community Foundation CEO, was recently appointed by Governor Eric Greitens to serve on the Children’s Trust Fund Board. CTF’s primary function is to fund child abuse and neglect prevention programs throughout the state. “The Children’s Trust Fund works to prevent abuse and neglect of Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens, its children. It’s an … More »

Kids Deserve Wellbeing

YouthBridge CEO Michael Howard delivered the opening remarks at Kids Deserve Wellbeing’s inaugural community education and outreach event on January 23. Kids Deserve Wellbeing–recipient of Youthbridge’s first round of Think Big For Kids Grants–is a government/nonprofit/community partnership working to make wellbeing the common purpose of the systems, services, and residents who are St. Louis’s child welfare … More »

Giving Nonprofits a “Jumpstart”

Are you involved with an emerging nonprofit that wants to be more self-sustainable with its fundraising? Mark your calendar for our January 31 seminar, “Securing New Dollars & Donors with Limited Time.” There, we’ll introduce Jumpstart, a new initiative we’re bringing to the Saint Louis area in conjunction with Network for Good. Through Jumpstart, selected … More »

Philanthropy for your family business

Philanthropy can give a family business a purposeful way to give back to the community, communicate your core values, or  help you plan for business succession. YouthBridge CEO Michael Howard shared some strategies and benefits of incorporating philanthropy into family businesses at recent talk at the Family Business Forum, hosted by CMA. He was joined … More »


Think Big For Kids

THINK BIG FOR KIDS Because Big Things Can Happen When You Think Outside the Box Think Big For Kids is designed to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big ideas from nonprofits that serve children and youth in our community. We’re looking for big, ambitious, transformative thinking – ideas that may even be unproven or risky. … More »

What to Ask to Help You Choose the Right Donor-Advised Fund

Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) are an excellent tool for both financial planning and charitable giving. But not all DAFs are the same, and some are going to serve your purposes better than others.   Here are some important things to ask before opening a DAF:   Is the sponsoring organization independent or is it affiliated with … More »

Camp Jump Start Wins Brackets-Style Charity Contest

  College hoops fans aren’t the only winners working the brackets.   Camp Jump Start in Imperial raised $51,983 in the final round in a blowout win against HEROES Care in the Brackets For Good St. Louis’ fundraising contest based on the NCAA men’s basketball playoffs. YouthBridge Community Foundation was a proud sponsor of this year’s Brackets for … More »

Congratulations to Camp Jump Start, 2017 winner of Brackets for Good!

We knew our community of St. Louis was generous, and this year’s Brackets for Good results prove it!  We are proud to announce that this year’s Brackets for Good tournament raised a total of $303,730 for all of the non-profits involved. Thank you to the 2,393 donors that helped make this an outstanding success! A special … More »

YouthBridge Annual Report 2016

  How does YouthBridge Community Foundation impact the St. Louis Area? Our 2016 Annual Impact Report gives you the important numbers in an easy-to-read document. Download PDF Sign up to receive notification when 2017 Annual Report is available:  

Brackets for Good Tournament 2017

YouthBridge Community Foundation is excited to announce that sixty-four St. Louis area charities are gearing up for their chance to dance — in a charitable giving tournament. This year’s Brackets for Good St. Louis Tournament kicks off on Friday, February 24th. YouthBridge Community Foundation is a Presenting Sponsor for the charitable giving tournament, which raised … More »

Young Philanthropists Wanted 

YEP STL is looking for young adults who want to make an impact in their community. The program is open to high school students in the St. Louis area. We encourage you to share this opportunity with family and friends! Apply online! The YEP STL team will have 20 – 25 members from many different … More »

YouthBridge Presents Brackets For Good St. Louis 2017

  YouthBridge Community Foundation is excited to announce it will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Brackets For Good St. Louis tournament, which will take place in the spring of 2017. Brackets for Good is a donor driven fundraising competition, in which donors support their favorite charities by competing with each other to raise the … More »

Philanthropy – A Nice Way to Reduce Capital Gains Tax on Your Monsanto

Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto promises to be a boon to investors but it may also come with a large tax bill for many Monsanto shareholders. Obviously, you’ll want to discuss tax strategies with a financial advisor, but the other party you could bring to table is your favorite charity. Did you know that making … More »

Brackets for Good Nonprofit Registration October 28

Brackets For Good has announced it is returning to St. Louis for an even better competition in 2017. YouthBridge Community Foundation will be the presenting sponsor again in 2017, and this time with increased prizes! The registration deadline for nonprofit organizations has been moved up to October 28.  There are 64 available spots for nonprofit organizations. Mark … More »

Wendy Walsh and Dan Shasserre Join the YouthBridge Community Foundation Board

St. Louis – YouthBridge Community Foundation has just expanded its board of directors with the addition of Wendy Walsh and Dan Shasserre. YouthBridge now has a 12-member board. Wendy Walsh is a partner at The Law Office of Wendy W. Walsh, where she has practiced for nearly five years. Dan Shasserre is the former Vice … More »

New Documentary Explores The Emotional Complexity of Childhood Obesity

 Weighed Down: Finding Hope for Childhood Obesity  Airs Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m. on Nine PBS   St. Louis, MO., — June 20, 2016 – An inspiring new documentary film tells the story of obese children struggling to lose weight during eight weeks of summer camp. But this is no “Biggest Loser” story. For … More »

YouthBridge Awards Grant to LUME Institute’s ElevatED Venture

St. Louis, MO, May 2, 2016 –  At the awards ceremony for the Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC) through the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Washington University on April 21, the LUME Institute received a $35,000 grant from YouthBridge Community Foundation for its ElevateED venture. YouthBridge has proudly participated in the … More »

Brackets for Good Winner Announcement

Athletes for Animals narrowly took the 2016 Brackets for Good St. Louis Championship over H.E.R.O.E.S. Cares, Inc. in a thrilling, buzzer beater finish! Athletes for Animals raised almost $30,000 in the tournament and, as tournament winners, will also receive a $10,000 grant from YouthBridge Community Foundation. Our congratulations to them and all the nonprofits that … More »

10th Annual Family Business Speaker Series

YouthBridge has sponsored the 10th Annual Family Business Speaker Series, featuring Chris Eckert, President and CEO of Eckert’s. This event will take place Thursday April 28th from 7 am – 9:30 am at the Ritz-Carlton, located at 100 Carondelet Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. This event is focused on succession planning of the family-owned business. Only one-third of family … More »

Think Big For Kids Launch Event

Please Join Us As We Launch A New Grant Program: Think Big For Kids Because Big Things Can Happen When You Think Outside The Box Join us for a complimentary breakfast and learn about the new Think Big for Kids grant program. Think Big for Kids is designed to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big … More »

YouthBridge to Launch Think Big for Kids, a Grant that Supports Bold Moves

YouthBridge is launching a new grant program, Think Big for Kids, to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big ideas from nonprofits that serve children and youth in our community. We’re looking for big, ambitious, transformative thinking – ideas that may even be unproven or risky. This is a true opportunity to think outside the box! … More »

YouthBridge Community Foundation – February 2016 Newsletter

YouthBridge to Launch Think Big for Kids, a Grant that Supports Bold Moves By Michael Howard, CEO YouthBridge is launching a new grant program, Think Big for Kids, to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big ideas from nonprofits that serve children and youth in our community. We’re looking for big, ambitious, transformative thinking – ideas that may … More »

Brackets For Good Pep Rally Event A Success!

At the Brackets For Good pep rally event, KMOV interviewed YouthBridge Community Foundation CEO, Mike Howard, and St. Louis Blues Captain, David Backes. They both shared their thoughts about the idea of local charities competing against each other for a great cause. To view the clip, click here or on the video below. To see … More »