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.

2019 Pillar Grant Application

The 2019 Pillar Grant application is now available and will be due by Tuesday, Oct. 1. 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. The 2019 Buckingham Pillar Grant program will recognize organizations whose primary objective is to create a safer, inclusive and more respectful community by working to reduce or eliminate racism and promote equality. Qualified programs and projects include efforts that focus on eliminating discrimination based on race in schools, workplaces and in the community, including those that provide training and education to law enforcement, educators and other service-oriented individuals.

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.

Applications are due by midnight on Oct. 1, 2019Applications must be submitted electronically to buckinghampillargrants@bamadvisor.com.


2018 Pillar Grant Recipients

Last year Buckingham provided grants to seven organizations focused in the area of early childhood education. We were proud to recognize the following organizations as the 2018 Pillar Grant recipients:

Central Institute for the Deaf

Ready Readers

Community Partnership for Child Development

Junior League of Denver

SouthSide Early Childhood Center

Read Play Love

Chicago Youth Centers

2017 Pillar Grant Recipients

In 2017, Buckingham provided grants to eight organizations focused on People in Sudden Crisis and Community Green Spaces. We were proud to recognize the following organizations as the 2017 Pillar Grant recipients:

Caring for Kids, Inc.

Clinic With a Heart Inc.

Crime Victim Advocacy Center

Forest Park Forever

LCMS National Housing Support Corporation

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Louis

Santa Rosa Community Health

West Houston Assistance Ministries

2016 Pillar Grant Recipients

In 2016, Buckingham provided grants to eight organizations focused on Community Development Through Entrepreneurship and Wellness. We were excited to recognize the following organizations as the 2016 Pillar Grant recipients:

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