Community Giving 2010 - Featured Recipients


Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
The Contemporary Art Museum was founded in 1980 by civic, educational, and cultural leaders with the intent to bring visual-arts programming and cultural activities into the downtown core. It is now one of the leading voices in the world of contemporary art and serves as a significant leader and partner with other community organizations in revitalization of the city. Emerson made a pledge to the Contemporary Art Museum in support of the New Art in the Neighborhood program that provides free artistic and career training to numerous students and promotes meaningful engagement with the arts to underserved youth in the region.

Magic House (St. Louis, MO)
The Magic House serves as an interactive children’s museum that provides hands on learning for children of all ages and abilities. Emerson gave a major gift that supported the So Much More – Right Next Door capital campaign that doubled the size of the museum and increased the Magic House’s capacity to serve more children, families, and schools. It will also support new interactive exhibits designed to enhance learning.

St. Louis Black Repertory Company (St. Louis, MO)
The Black Repertory Company is the largest African-American theatre company in the nation. Emerson served as a presenting sponsor for A Song for Coretta, one of many plays that provide a platform for expressions of art from the African-American perspective heightening the social and cultural awareness of audience members.


Beyond Housing (St. Louis, MO)
Beyond Housing enables success of families and children by offering access to affordable housing and a comprehensive array of educational, employment, youth development and other support services. Emerson supported Beyond Housing’s initiative to implement place based asset building programs that are designed to overcome barriers that prevent families and communities from achieving their long-term goals.

Coro Leadership Center (St. Louis, MO)
The Coro Leadership Center in St. Louis prepares individuals to be engaged and responsible citizens and effective civic leaders. It provides hands-on leadership skill training, interview and project-based learning, and multi-sector community experiences. Emerson pledged a gift to support community engagement and leadership development resulting in experiential learning placements, training of women and men in leadership, and the engagement of individuals in workshops and networking events.

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. (St. Louis, MO)
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has worked to improve the lives of those in the St. Louis for more than 90 years, serves more 50,000 clients each year, and employs more than 190 metro area residents at eight locations in Eastern Missouri and in Illinois. Emerson pledged to support the expansion of the Business Training Center that addresses the disparity experienced by low income adults and youth and provides access to technology and training in necessary workplace computer skills.


American College of Surgeons Foundation (Chicago, IL)
The American College of Surgeons Foundation promotes voluntary philanthropy from fellows and friends of the ACS whose programs aim to integrate sustainable best practices into the patient care framework. Emerson pledged a gift in support of the ACS-Emerson Scholar-in-Residence in Medical Ethics at St. Louis University enhancing the efforts of the ACS to set high standards for surgical education and practice that benefits patients.

KIPP: Inspire Academy (St. Louis, MO)
KIPP: Inspire Academy is the first St. Louis school to be affiliated with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory schools. KIPP: Inspire Academy in St. Louis seeks to prepare students for success in college and in life by developing the character and academic skills necessary to succeed. Emerson pledged a gift supporting both the establishment and evidenced success of this school in St. Louis.

Trinity High School (St. Louis, MO)
Trinity High School has been an Emerson partnership high school for a number of years. Emerson has made gifts to establish and equip a computer laboratory at the school. Most recently, Emerson made a gift to establish a virtual science laboratory. The new lab allows both students and their instructors to conduct science experiments that would not be possible in a traditional laboratory. The students and faculty have seen significant productivity improvements compared to traditional learning.


Cancer Patients Alliance (Pacific Grove, CA)
The Cancer Patients Alliance (formerly known as the Lorenzen Cancer Foundation) is a nonprofit organization, led by a Medical Director and a board of oncology specialists from around the world, that aims to further cancer research and advocate for patients, promote awareness through community initiatives, and educate the public. Emerson supported the foundation’s Pancreatica initiative, which is designed to fight pancreatic cancer through research into causes of and cures for pancreatic cancer.

Rebuilding Together (St. Louis, MO)
Rebuilding Together revitalizes neighborhoods in partnership with the community by rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly of older adults and non able bodied individuals, and by rebuilding and improving community centers, playgrounds, and other community projects. Emerson made a pledge to support their efforts of bringing volunteers and communities together to improve homes and lives.

St. Louis Area Foodbank (St. Louis, MO)
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is the Bi-State region’s largest non-profit food distributor dedicated to feeding those in need. Emerson pledged a gift to support the Foodbank’s efforts to meet increased needs of those who need food assistance.

St. Patrick Center (St. Louis, MO)
St. Patrick Center is the largest service provider to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with 28 housing, employment and mental health programs that assist more than 9,000 people annually. Emerson supported the center’s Casserole Program which fed more people than ever this year and provided vital outreach to those in need of the services and life-improvement programs that aim to improve the lives of those moving from homelessness toward self-sufficiency. 


Our Little Haven (St. Louis, MO)
Our Little Haven is a non-profit organization that serves children who suffer from abuse and neglect. Emerson pledged a gift to support Our Little Haven’s efforts to engage in early intervention with innovative and effective programs through the use of wrap-around services that change children’s lives.

KaBOOM! (Washington, D.C.)
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that envisions a world where every child has a safe place to play. These play spaces are created through the participation and leadership of communities. On behalf of The Home Depot, Emerson supported KaBOOM’s efforts to provide healthier, happier, and smarter children, greener cities and stronger neighborhoods by saving play for children throughout the United States. To date, KaBOOM! has built more than 1,900 playgrounds providing access to safe play for over 3.5 million children.

Epworth Children and Family Services (Webster Groves, MO)
Epworth Children and Family Services provides the community with essential youth development services administered through a strength-based therapeutic philosophy that increases the capacity of each to thrive in society. Emerson pledged a gift to support the renovation of Epworth Children and Family Services’ facilities that provide direct programming to disadvantaged youth.

Emerson seeks to enhance and improve people’s lives and make the communities in which we operate more attractive place to live and work.