Community Development Funders Forum

Part of the St. Louis Fed's role in community development is to encourage partnerships among public and private organizations to help deliver credit to low- and moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods.

The St. Louis Community Development Funders Forum (CDFF), launched in 2021, seeks to advance cross-sector collaboration among financial institutions, corporate philanthropy, foundations, government and quasi-governmental entities to promote equitable community and economic development in the region.

The Community Development Funders Forum is intended to:

  • Motivate conversations among local funders about ways to target key needs, align and share metrics, and design collective action.
  • Strengthen regional capacity to deploy and absorb community and economic development capital and to create impactful outcomes.

NOTE: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is not a grant-making organization. Its role in the CDFF is to facilitate and coordinate potential opportunities for capital flow, education and information sharing. The St. Louis Fed does not endorse or make any representations as to the propriety or suitability of the participating organizations, investments or programs. Organizations should perform their own due diligence before engaging in any transactions with participating entities to ensure that any such transactions meet the organization's objectives.


CDFF participants represent foundations, financial institutions, funding intermediaries, economic development organizations and local government agencies.

Current Participants

  • St. Louis Community Foundation
  • Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • Simmons Bank
  • Deaconess Foundation
  • St. Louis Community Credit Union
  • YouthBridge Community Foundation
  • First Bank
  • Incarnate Word Foundation
  • Marillac Mission Fund
  • Invest STL
  • CNote
  • Regions Bank
  • James S. McDonnell Foundation
  • SSM Health
  • Philanthropy MO
  • FCB Bank
  • Clark-Fox Foundation
  • Plancorp
  • St. Louis City - Mayor’s Office
  • St. Louis Development Corporation
  • Cortex
  • St. Louis County
  • US Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Carrollton Bank
  • St. Louis Anchor Action Network
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Rise Community Development
  • IFF

Pillars of Work

Community Development Funders Forum process: Develop an idea, plan, align, reflect, and decide next steps

Through a process that involved four months of facilitated action-oriented collaboration, Community Development Funders Forum participants identified the following pillars of work that will engage them to align, coordinate and coinvest:

  • Regional funding coordination
  • Community and economic development ecosystem capacity-building
  • Affordable, quality housing
  • People of color-owned small businesses
CDFF: Inputs, Activities, Outcomes and Impacts
Inputs • Committed funders who are investing in community development projects
• Community and economic development practitioners and experts
• Existing resources and capacity
• Thought partnership and leadership
• Transfer of knowledge and resources
Activities • Convene periodically around current trends in community and economic development capital flows and projects
• Identify a collective vision for the group
• Seek out opportunities to collaborate on emerging initiatives
• Identify shared metrics
Outcomes • A structured group of funders and stakeholders collaborating to advance equitable and impactful investment into community and economic development
•A hub for sharing data, metrics, outcomes, partnership stories and opportunities
Impacts •Aligned and increased capital flow to stabilize and sustain the most challenged neighborhoods and sectors
•A stronger regional capacity to deploy and absorb community development capital


Media Inquiries

For information on the CDFF and its work to promote community and economic development in the St. Louis region, contact

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