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.

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.

2017 Pillar Grant Application

The 2017 Pillar Grant application is due by Sept. 22. This year’s areas of interest are People in Sudden Crisis and Community Green Space. Five to seven Pillar Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations headquartered in the greater metropolitan areas of cities where Buckingham maintains an office (St. Louis, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, as well as Bourbonnais, Illinois; Burlington, Iowa; Casper, Wyoming; Fairfax and Middleburg, Virginia; Irvine, Palo Alto and Santa Rosa, California; Lincoln, Nebraska; Scottsdale, Arizona; Short Hills, New Jersey; and Wyomissing; Pennsylvania).

Eligible organizations must be seeking funding for a specific program or project that addresses a demonstrated need and that is supported by substantial evidence and guided by a written plan. Organizations must also demonstrate how they carry out their own mission by “doing the right thing.” For more information about these requirements, click here. Pillar Grants will not be made to capital campaigns or requests solely for general operating support.

To read more about the Pillar Grant Program recipients, please click here.

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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