Just For Kids (J4K) Anchor Institutions Program
Deaconess selected five organizations as multi-year partners to strengthen and ground systems change and community organizing efforts in the St. Louis region. The J4K Anchor Institution Program launched in January 2018 and is core to Deaconess’ strategy to build a movement for child well-being.
The inaugural cohort includes: American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, ArchCity Defenders, Community Organizing and Family Issues, Metropolitan Congregations United and Missouri Health Care for All. The group reflects the Foundation’s assessment that deeper investment in grassroots organizing and impact litigation strategies will be necessary for positive change in a tough legislative environment for our policy priorities for the next few years.
With support from capacity building consultants, executive coaches, peer exchanges, facilitation and funding from Deaconess these groups built and began implementing four-year plans to enhance their strengthen governance and leadership, technical infrastructure, organizational culture, financial capacity and strategy.
These powerful organizations anchored and contributed to these winning efforts...
school to prison
Hold housing authorities
accountable for exorbitant fees
Educate the public
on the role
ACLU of Missouri Foundation defends civil liberties and the principles of equality and justice in Missouri through its litigation, legislative and public education programs. ACLU of Missouri focuses on legal and legislative advocacy, public education and communication.
ArchCity Defenders is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy and combating the criminalization of poverty and state violence against poor people and people of color in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and the state of Missouri. ArchCity Defenders focuses on impact litigation, holistic legal advocacy, policy and media advocacy.
Community Organizing and Family Issues develops and engages low-income parents of color as leaders in their families, schools and communities in East St. Louis and across the state of Illinois. COFI focuses on systems change advocacy, parent training and organizing.
Metropolitan Congregations United puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations, and communities to change public policy for the common good. MCU focuses on grassroots organizing, leadership development, issue campaigns, voter participation and engagement.
Missouri Health Care for All is a statewide, nonpartisan, faith and community-based grassroots movement for quality, affordable health care for all Missourians. Missouri Health Care for All focuses on policymaker engagement, coalition building, public education, grassroots organizing, and communications and storybanking.