Stop wishing. Start investing.

Rockefeller and Carnegie spent millions to improve their cities, but Invest STL knows your passion for your community is as important as the amount you give. Invest STL engages you as a stakeholder - an investor - directly with people working hard everyday to build and sustain strong St. Louis neighborhoods.

With Invest STL you are more than your dollar. You help choose what neighborhoods and organizations we support. And you don't stop there. You also help create a permanent fund to ensure St. Louis neighborhoods thrive now and tomorrow.

Why neighborhoods?

Great neighborhoods - with safe and attractive places to live, work, play, go to school, and grow up - play a fundamental role in St. Louis’s economy and in providing a high quality of life for all of its residents. To invest in our neighborhoods is to invest in the future of our region.

Why build a permanent fund?

Neighborhoods don’t become great on their own; they require the time and investment of citizens, community organizations, businesses, and community leaders to reach their potential. And since St. Louis has limited dollars and infrastructure to support this work, Invest STL is engaging the St. Louis community to build its own.

About Invest STL

Our Mission

To engage residents and stakeholders in the St. Louis region for the support of building great neighborhoods. In working toward this mission, we believe in upholding a set of core values to ensure we are serving St. Louis communities effectively: Collective Change Making; Meaningful Investment; Transparency; Engagement; Innovation; and Awareness.

Our Core Values

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Collective Change-Making

Investing in our communities should be accessible by both residents and institutions. This practice is carried out through collective processes, fundraising, and granting.

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Engagement

We believe in community and donor engagement. All members who donate $100 or more receive one vote toward choosing which organization receives a grant for the current fundraising cycle. Members can also get involved through a committee or other neighborhood work.

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Equity

Invest STL recognizes that equitable neighborhoods are strong neighborhoods, and so we encourage proposals that benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.

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Meaningful Investment

Donations by members and organizations provide funding for the present and future. Twenty-five percent of each fundraising cycle is awarded to a community development organization, and the other seventy-five percent is added to a permanent fund. Grants are awarded to organizations engaging in impactful community development, characterized by place-based community development initiatives based on high levels of resident engagement.

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Transparency

Integrity and accountability are important to us. We ensure these characteristics through clearly stated fundraising and granting processes.

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Awareness

We provide St. Louisans an opportunity to participate in and learn about their communities and what it takes to engage in neighborhood revitalization.

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Innovation

We embrace providing new ways for residents and institutions to support building great places to live.

How does it work?

Invest

Individuals, businesses, and organizations support St. Louis neighborhoods by learning about efforts to make them stronger and by contributing to the fund.

Grow

Money raised helps grow a permanent fund for community development, supporting the vitality of our region’s neighborhoods into the future.

Grant

As Invest STL reaches fundraising goals, it grants 25% of money raised to community organizations with project ideas that will make their communities stronger.

How are we doing?

Current Fundraising Goal

$25,000

Total Raised to Date

$3,700

Number of Investors to Date

132

Come to an event.

Invest STL events are a great way to learn what's going on in St. Louis neighborhoods, and to connect with people as energized about our region's future as you are. Join us for our bimonthly "Know Your Neighborhoods" series - which showcases community improvement efforts throughout the region - and for other events throughout the year.

Check out what's coming up and where we've been.

Upcoming Events

Invested Neighborhood Bicycle Tour

June 28th, 2014 Registration at 9am, After Party at 12pm See More…

Past Events

Know Your Neighborhoods: University City

May 29th, 2014 Wei Hong 7740 Olive Boulevard See More…

Trivia Night Friend Raiser

February 22nd, 2014 Urban Eats Cafe 3301 Meramec Street Doors at 6, Trivia runs from 7 to 9 See More…

Anniversary Concert

September 26, 2013 The Gramophone 4243 Manchester Avenue Doors at 6:30, Music at 7:30 See More…

Know Your Neighborhoods: Maplewood

August 28th, 2013 Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest Avenue 6:30pm - 8:30pm See More…

Know Your Neighborhoods: Cherokee Street

April 25th, 2013 Blank Space 2847 Cherokee Street 5:30pm - 8:00pm See More…

Know Your Neighborhoods: Old North St. Louis

January 24th, 2013 Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Offices 5:30pm - 8:00pm See More…

Get Involved Open House

January 9th, 2013 Urban Chestnut Brewing Company 5:30pm - 8:00pm See More…

Know Your Neighborhoods: Ferguson

November 29th, 2012 Venezia Imports 5:30pm - 8:00pm See More…

Invest STL Launch

September 12, 2012 Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis 5:30pm - 8:00pm See More…

Ready to get involved?

The effort to make our region’s neighborhoods great will succeed only through the broad-based enthusiasm and support of the St. Louis community - its residents, organizations, and businesses alike. In building a better region, every contribution counts.

Individuals

Come to an event

Invest STL hosts various events throughout the year to connect St. Louisians with each other and with their neighborhoods. Check back often to see what's coming up next.

Become a member

By contributing $100 or more to the fund, you gain a vote to help Invest STL decide how to invest its grant funds that cycle. If you give in this very first fundraising cycle, you will also have a vote in the second Invest STL grant cycle. Click the Invest button at the top of the screen to make a contribution today.

Volunteer

Invest STL is always looking for individuals who want to contribute their skills and talents to the effort. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Karl at Karl@investl.org.

Businesses & Organizations

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a variety of options if you are interested in becoming a sponsor; either financial or in-kind. See More…

Promotional Partnerships

Work with us to design a product- or service-related donation. See More…

Event Co-Hosting

Co-host an event with us that generates excitement for both of our organizations. See More…

Know Your Neighborhoods

We are always looking for our next stop in this series that showcases community improvement efforts. Would your community like to get involved? See More…

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Why Partner With Us?

Partnering with Invest STL is a great way for you to expand your customer base while, at the same time, investing in the future strength of St. Louis’s neighborhoods.

How Does It Work?

By donating a percentage of the profit on specific goods and services you offer, you will demonstrate your commitment to the region and have access to a growing constituency of community-minded customers.

Working With Invest STL

Invest STL will work with your business to co-design a product or service related donation that generates the most excitement for your business and for Invest STL. In return, we will:

  • Drive sales to your business through targeted marketing and outreach.
  • Include your organization or business’s name on investl.org’s Partners Page for the length of the promotion plus six months.
  • Offer you and two representatives from your business free admission to one Know Your Neighborhood event for the length of the promotion plus six months.

All donations made to Invest STL are tax deductible.

Event Co-Hosting×

Why Co-Host With Us?

Co-hosting an event with Invest STL is a great opportunity to expose your association, organization or business to a network of passionate, dedicated supporters of the St. Louis region. Our partners love St. Louis neighborhoods, and they love supporting St. Louis businesses!

How Does It Work?

When co-hosting an event with Invest STL, you can choose the level of collaboration that is most appropriate and meaningful for you. We are happy to do the heavy lifting on the event and apply the proceeds of the event towards our fund. Or we can partner with you through the planning and execution stages of the event and share the proceeds.

We Can Take the Lead

If you’d like, we are happy to take care of the details of the event and invite your members. In this scenario, Invest STL will:

  • Develop a meaningful and impactful event that showcases the uniqueness of the partner group while celebrating St. Louis neighborhoods.
  • Drive attendance of enthusiastic supporters of both groups to the event.
  • Execute a high quality event.
  • Donate the proceeds of the event to the Invest STL fund.

We Can Work With You

We are also happy to develop a team with representatives from Invest STL and your organization to:

  • Develop a meaningful and impactful event that showcases the uniqueness of the partner group while celebrating St. Louis neighborhoods.
  • Drive attendance of enthusiastic supporters of both groups to the event through shared promotion efforts.
  • Execute a high quality event.
  • Donate the proceeds of the event to support our St. Louis-loving organizations!

Know Your Neighborhoods×

About the Series

Invest STL exists to support those working to strengthen our region’s neighborhoods and communities. One way we raise awareness and build support for these efforts is by showcasing neighborhood revitalization initiatives throughout the region.

In our Know Your Neighborhoods series, we travel to different neighborhoods to learn about their history, their visions for the future, and the incredible work being done to create great places. Proceeds from these events support Invest STL and investment in neighborhood initiatives.

Partnering With Us

We are always looking for the next stop in our series. If your community would like to partner with us for a Know Your Neighborhoods event, Invest STL will:

  • Find a location
  • Develop promotional materials and promote the event
  • Provide food and drink, and manage ticket sales
  • Work with community organizations to develop presentations and programming

Apply for a grant.

Applying for an Invest STL grant is a great first step in making an impactful difference in your community. We are no longer accepting applications for our current grant cycle, but please consider applying in the future. If you or your organization has any questions about our grant-making process, please contact Karl Guenther at Karl@investl.org.