Presented by The Rome Group in partnership with Philanthropy Missouri
August 25, 2022
7:30 am – 10:00 am
COCA – Center of Creative Arts
The Berges Theatre
6880 Washington Ave., St. Louis MO 63130 (NOTE: Masks are required to be worn indoors. Please plan accordingly.)
Catch up with your nonprofit colleagues and get the skinny on the status of nonprofit fundraising in St. Louis with insights from the Giving USA 2022 Report.
Then, hear from a panel of local foundation representatives who will share their thoughts on how they’ve seen funding policies and priorities shift during the dual pandemics of COVID and systemic racism, and what impact, if any, the threat of recession has on their grant-making.
They will also provide perspective on where they see the greatest opportunities moving forward, and what partnership means to them.
Michelle D. Tucker is the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ president and CEO where she leads one of the top annual fundraising campaigns across the country. She joined United Way from Epworth Children and Family Services after serving as their first female and African American CEO in its 154- year history. Prior to Epworth, Michelle was a senior vice president at Bank of America for 20 years providing strategic leadership and oversight to key divisions.
Michelle has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and impact in the community, including the St. Louis Business Journal’s Diverse Business Leader Award, YWCA Leader of Distinction Award, Professional Organization of Women’s Leader of Distinction Award, St. Louis American’s Excellence in Business Award, Webster University’s School of Business Alumnus of the Year Award, and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Women in Leadership Award. She was recently recognized by the E. St. Louis NAACP with the 2018 Game Changer Award.
Michelle is currently a Governance Board Member at BJC Healthcare, a member of the Civic Progress Steering Committee for Regional Inclusive Economic Growth, an Advisory Committee Member of the Civic Progress Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force, and a member of the Greater St. Louis, Inc Integration Advisory Team. She serves on the Nine Network Community Advisory Board and Brown School’s Dean’s Professional Advisory Committee at Washington University. Michelle is a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program and the FOCUS Leadership St. Louis Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a master’s in business from Webster University.
Elizabeth George, MBA, MSW, Director of Community Investment, joined the St. Louis Community Foundation in 2018 with over 20 years of strategic planning, organizational assessment, facilitation, and board development experience in the philanthropic sector. Elizabeth provides strategic advice and counsel to the Foundation’s family and private foundation clients and largest donor funds, as well as special grant programs such as the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund. Elizabeth also represents the Community Foundation on a variety of community-based initiatives.
Prior to joining the St. Louis Community Foundation, Elizabeth was a Senior Consultant with The Rome Group and also had spent 10 years as a Vice President with Deaconess Foundation where she led the Foundation’s “Impact Partnership” program.
Previous to Deaconess Foundation, Ms. George consulted with state and local government funders to build their programmatic and agency capacity to identify and measure the outcomes of their funding initiatives and was the Director of Business Development with The Rensselaerville Institute.
Elizabeth is active in the St. Louis community where she currently chairs the Board for the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments and has served on the board of the St. Louis Forum and SouthSide Early Childhood Center. Elizabeth earned an MSW from Washington University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vianey Beltran is vice president of community relations overseeing Wells Fargo charitable giving in St. Louis, MO. The Wells Fargo Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., donating $444 million in 2021 alone to accelerate economic opportunity and success in underserved communities with a strategic focus on housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health.
Beltran leads the development of strategic initiatives and corporate commitments to drive positive, innovative social impact and sustainability, manage critical environmental and social issues, and enhance Wells Fargo’s reputation within the markets of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Prior to her role with Wells Fargo, Beltran served as Funding Manager for United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Community Investment Division. Before that, she served as the Assistant Director for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Beltran holds a MA in Public Administration from the University of Missouri Columbia and BS from Truman State University. She attributes for passion for helping people to growing up in an immigrant household where she saw firsthand the power of connecting people with resources.
Beltran has two sons with her husband Rob. In her free time, she enjoys exploring all the activities St. Louis has to offer. She currently serves on the board of Philanthropy MO and Parent Advisory Board for Kids International.
Michelle Miller (she/her) seeks to build individual and institutional capacity to forward the common good. She observes the necessary work of systems change is meaningfully accelerated through information sharing and strategic partnerships. To that end, she is honored to serve as CEO of Philanthropy Missouri, a membership association which cultivates a culture of learning to foster alignment and collaboration across diverse funders.
Her professional work in the social sector has included roles in consulting, philanthropy, nonprofits, public policy and advocacy, and leadership development. While her career has focused primarily at state and federal levels, Michelle’s social justice work began at the local level in her small hometown in Central Texas. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, the Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and Leadership Missouri. Michelle lives in the City of St. Louis where she enjoys painting, experimenting in the kitchen, and planning travel adventures.