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About Gateway Center for Giving


Our mission is to strengthen and expand philanthropy by promoting impactful and innovative practices.

We envision a thriving region in which a robust philanthropic community and effective nonprofits collaboratively advance the quality of life for all.


The Gateway Center for Giving helps donors do more.

  • We strengthen philanthropy and promote community impact by providing programming, research, technical assistance and professional development opportunities to grantmaking organizations in Missouri.  
  • We provide donors with networking opportunities with peers and community leaders to share information and resources, build understanding, and foster collaboration. 
  • We offer quality information, research and skill-building programs to ensure effective and accountable use of charitable dollars. 
  • We enhance regional leadership through information on community needs and philanthropic best practices, supporting collaborative action to help address our region’s most pressing issues.

The Gateway Center for Giving was founded in 1970 (as the Metropolitan Association of Philanthropy, or MAP). Our Members include corporations, donor-advised funds, foundations, trusts, and professional advisors who are actively involved in philanthropy, which we define as "the giving of time, wisdom and wealth by groups and individuals for the common good.”

The Gateway Center for Giving is part of a network of organizations called regional associations that exist across the country. Regional associations connect grantmakers within a specific geographic location to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities in that area.

Find the regional association of grantmakers serving other parts of the United States by using the Regional Association Locator.

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