Forums & Events

Creating Whole Communities offers community forums, policy forums, and co-sponsors conferences focused on neighborhood issues, research, and best practices. We hope you will join us at one of the upcoming events listed below.

  • What’s Brewing – February 19 // Fox Park

    Exploring Issues, Opportunities & Connections for St. Louis Area Neighborhoods. Why have some St. Louis communities rebounded, while others have remained stagnant or continued to decline? What strategies and strengths have made the difference? Join us for a series of breakfast conversations to explore Rebound Communities: What Explains Neighborhood Success.

    For more information, click here to visit the What's Brewing? website. 

  • Funding Your Neighborhood Project – February 28

    9 AM–1PM // 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL North Campus
    Fee: $45 – Call (314) 516-7454 to register

    Join us to learn the tools and techniques to secure funding for your neighborhood project. Learn how to seek out a variety of funding opportunities and sources specific to your project. Become skilled in the art of persuasive writing as a tool for making your funding request successful. This hands-on workshop is being offered in partnership with Creating Whole Communities' Neighborhood Leadership Academy. It will provide you with real-world examples and take-aways that will help you get your neighborhood project started or expand an existing one. Whether you are new to grant writing or fundraising, or are a seasoned professional. this workshop is for you.

    • Wendy Dyer has been a fundraiser and a fundraising consultant for more than 20 years. Her fund development career began at Saint Louis University, where she worked in donor research and prospect management, then major gifts and corporate/foundation relations. In consultation with nonprofit organizations, she provides coaching, grant strategies, major giving programs including annual fund and capital campaigns, and board design and engagement. Wendy provides capacity building workshops throughout the country as well as locally through the Deaconess Foundation Impact Partner program. She is adept at developing grants for neighborhood-specific projects where it is important to identify local assets and interests. For more information, visit
    • Wendy will be joined by Kara Lubischer, community development specialist and instructor for the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, to provide feedback and consultation to participants.