Our Pillar Grant Program

Doing the right thing for our community… together.

At Buckingham Strategic Wealth, we define success as our ability to have a positive impact on the lives of our clients, our associates and the communities where we do business. That includes our multifaceted approach to philanthropic giving. We contribute to causes our associates are passionate about, support events that recognize the hard work of our clients, and sponsor the Buckingham Pillar Grant Program.

2017 Pillar Grant Recipients

Buckingham Strategic Wealth is providing grants to eight organizations that are making a significant difference in the communities they serve, which are also where our associates live and work.

This year, our Pillar Grants focused on two areas of interest: People in Sudden Crisis, to support organizations whose primary objective is to provide critical support services to individuals and families combating the first 48 hours of a personal crisis; and Community Green Spaces, to support projects that promote the creation, enhancement or preservation of natural places for community enjoyment.

This year, we are thrilled to recognize the following organizations, each dedicating their time and talent to making positive change:

Caring for Kids, Inc.
Caring for Kids immediately provides essential resources to meet the urgent needs of abused, neglected or at-risk children in St. Louis County. Their needs range from very basic, such as bus passes or school supplies, to more substantial – like eyeglasses or tutoring.

Clinic With a Heart Inc.
A faith-inspired organization, Clinic with a Heart serves the uninsured and underinsured through a ministry of health care. The nonprofit serves as a gateway to other human service agencies, helping patients find an appropriate health care home.

Crime Victim Advocacy Center
CVAC helps victims of any and all crime and their families with a full range of advocacy and crisis intervention services. All services are free of charge and available to victims, families and community members affected by crime and violence.

Forest Park Forever
Forest Park Forever is a conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park to ensure it is beautiful and welcoming — now and forever.

LCMS National Housing Support Corporation
The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation’s vision is for restored and revitalized neighborhoods that are anchored by LCMS congregations. Its mission is to provide access to capital and customized consulting services for underserved neighborhoods in order to transform them into thriving communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Louis
NAMI St. Louis’ mission is to improve the quality of life of persons with severe and persistent mental illness and their families, and promote and provide community support, education, advocacy, and understanding.

Santa Rosa Community Health
Santa Rosa Community Health serves its community by having a mission to provide excellent, culturally responsive, comprehensive primary care that is accessible to all people.

West Houston Assistance Ministries
WHAM has been, and continues to be, “a door of hope” for West Houston children, families and homeless people in crisis. Offering assistance in meeting the essentials of daily living, WHAM matches client needs with available services and programs, including financial assistance, job search, food pantry, low cost second-hand items and special programs.

We selected our areas of interest earlier in the year, without knowing that People in Sudden Crisis would hit so close to home for the Santa Rosa and Houston communities. Our grants to the Santa Rosa Community Health and West Houston Assistance Ministries carry particular meaning, given that these organizations are located in areas that experienced widespread devastation and significant hardship following the respective Northern California wildfires and Hurricane Harvey.

These eight organizations were carefully selected following a detailed review process. We sought applicants that demonstrated our three key pillars, which are the driving force behind the work we continue to do for our clients every day: efforts that are supported by carefully articulated evidence; conscientious planning that ensures the project is sustainable and addresses the long-term needs and goals of the organization; and, most of all, a commitment to “do the right thing.”

Check back in 2018 for more information about when we will be accepting he next round of applications.

The Buckingham Pillar Grant Program was created to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations. It’s designed to benefit specific programs and projects that address a demonstrated need. We’re looking for substantial, quality evidence and a well-considered, well-written plan: the very foundation of our firm.

Buckingham Pillar Grants will be awarded to projects and programs geared toward achieving a meaningful and measurable impact, reflecting the spirit of “doing the right thing” for stakeholders and the community. After feedback from across the organization, six rotating areas of interest were determined: Children & Youth, Education, Wellness, Community Development through Entrepreneurship, People in Sudden Crisis, and Community Green Space.

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2016 Pillar Grant Recipients

Last year Buckingham provided grants to eight organizations focused on Community Development Through Entrepreneurship and Wellness. Buckingham received nearly 100 submissions from organizations in the 13 cities around the country where the firm’s associates live and work.

We sought out applicants that demonstrated our three key pillars: efforts that are supported by carefully articulated evidence; conscientious planning that ensures the project is sustainable and addresses the long-term needs and goals of the organization; and — most of all — a commitment to “do the right thing.”

This year, we were thrilled to recognize the following organizations, each dedicating their time and talent to making positive change:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Ceres Community Project

College Bound

Colorado Neurological Institute

Grace Hill Settlement House

The LaunchCode Foundation

Nurses for Newborns

Paraquad Inc.

2015 Pillar Grant Recipients

In 2015, we granted $50,000 to organizations focused on Children & Youth and Education. We’re thrilled to recognize the following organizations as the 2015 Pillar Grant Recipients:

CHADS Coalition for Mental Health

Circus Flora

City Academy

Our Little Haven

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association