From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
James Beethe could buy his HIV medication—or food. The cost of caring for the illness became increasingly difficult, eventually leaving him unable to pay rent. That’s when he stepped across the threshold of Doorways.
Sometimes—on very rare occasions—when something sounds too good to be true, it actually isn’t. Some 51,000 people found that out in the first quarter of this year alone, through the efforts of RxOutreach, Inc.
For families who live outside the 50-mile radius of St. Louis but who have children in a local hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides them with a home away from home.
Some big names will be headed to St. Louis later this year by way of the J. Scheidegger Center at Lindenwood University. The venue's 2014-2015 season opens with former Tonight Show host Jay Leno on Sept. 12.
Since 2007, more than 200 post-9/11 veterans have been awarded fellowships to better themselves and their communities through St. Louis-based nonprofit The Mission Continues.
When many people think back to childhood, they remember the stacks of books lining their bedroom walls or being read to every night at bedtime. But not all area children are so fortunate. That’s where Ready Readers steps in.
For months, student Cordale Denton endured painful headaches and struggled to see the board in class. The teenager’s vision was suffering after his only pair of glasses had broken. That’s where Lifelong Vision Foundation came in.
As is often said, kids don’t come with an instruction manual. But for parents of kids with autism and developmental disabilities, Easter Seals Midwest provides a team of therapists and volunteers ready to help.
MISSION: Ten million dollars—that’s approximately how much it costs annually to maintain St. Louis' crown jewel, says Forest Park Forever (FPF) president and executive director Lesley Hoffarth. By providing volunteers, monetary contributions and general support, FPF is able to take on some of the responsibility of Forest Park and work together with the City of St. Louis to maintain and improve the beloved area.
Hey, hey…Fifty years after they burst onto the pop culture spotlight, The Monkees are back on tour, and will be making their way to St. Louis this summer. The surviving group members will perform live at The Fox on Thursday, June 5.
From visual pieces such as paintings to utilitarian items like ink wells, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is focused on collecting, preserving and showing dog-themed works of art.
MISSION: Caring Solutions doesn’t want to be a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, it is focused on providing long-term support to meet the needs of its clients with developmental disabilities, and is altering its services to fit each individual.
“Most radio stations just play music and sell advertising; we support the local community and the arts in all disciplines," says Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis GM Jim Connett.
MISSION: The name says it all—Dance St. Louis is focused on bringing dance performances and education to area audiences. In addition to presenting shows by acclaimed touring companies, Dance St. Louis provides dance-related programs like pre-show discussions, master classes and youth outreach.
By providing funding to various arts-based nonprofits, the Arts and Education Council (A&E) works to create a more dynamic and lively arts scene within the greater St. Louis area.
In his glitzy burgundy jacket and ruffled dress shirt, Steve Lipstein made his way across the parquet floor toward the middle of the stage, where he joined hands with Lucy Fitzgerald and broke into a choreographed East Coast swing routine to Footloose. While dancing for a crowd might be the norm for a pro like Fitzgerald, it was a new and nerve-wracking experience for Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare and 2013 Dancing with the St. Louis Stars champion.
Studies have shown that improving the status of women and girls helps the entire community thrive and grow, says Jan Hendrickson. That’s why her organization, Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis, strives to research, identify and fill gaps in funding for education, outreach and services for at-risk women and girls.
At its most basic level, The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is a social, professional and charitable organization, with members ranging authors to editors. And the original club creation can be credited to catfish.
MISSION: The goal is clear: The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) works to better the lives of young cancer patients and their families by providing immediate assistance. “We are not going to duplicate the services of other national nonprofits, which mostly deal with research,” says president and CEO Mark Stolze. “Our focus is to help children who need assistance now.”
A high level of knowledge does not guarantee a high quality of character, so area nonprofit CHARACTERplus works to combine the two into an enhanced education experience.
Judy Ciapciak, executive director of Friends of Kids with Cancer, recalls a teenage boy who recently spoke about the organization at an event by saying, It takes the lows and balances them out with highs. His words were something Ciapciak considers an achievement for the nonprofit, whose goal is to enrich the lives of kids going through cancer treatment. “It’s just keeping them positive—it’s not a cure, but it’s the best thing they can get at this time in their lives,” she says.
MISSION: Saint Louis Crisis Nursery protects children by offering a free child care facility to parents in crisis with nowhere else to turn. “Everyday, we save babies’ lives, keep kids safe and build strong families—and we do that by providing a safe haven for children, birth through age 12, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” explains Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller.
What makes a charitable organization successful? A good number of nonprofit executives would love to know the answer to that question. And while I’m no expert analyst, I can say without hesitation that one of the key components is having a strong, dedicated volunteer force.
With the sold-out success of Always…Patsy Cline and a new rehearsal and administrative building, STAGES St. Louis has been thrust into the national spotlight. When LN recently caught up with executive producer Jack Lane, co-founder of the 27-year-old nonprofit theater company, he was gushing—for good reason—about the overwhelming achievements of the latest season and all the new initiatives in store for STAGES as it blossoms into its next 25 years.