The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis announced today that it has received a $2.5 million donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and from the Enterprise’s owners, the Taylor family. Of that amount, $1 million will help fund the organization’s Save Our Sons program and $1.5 million will support the Centennial Campaign that marks the League’s 100th anniversary in St. Louis.
Since its establishment in 2015, the Save Our Sons program has quickly become one of the St. Louis Urban League’s signature initiatives. It provides job skills training for economically disadvantaged African-American men aged 17 and over, helping them gain the skills they need to find and keep good jobs and earn livable wages. So far, Save Our Sons has helped nearly 400 men become gainfully employed.
The Centennial Campaign was created to commemorate the Urban League’s first 100 years in St. Louis. Founded in 1918, its mission is to empower African Americans and others throughout the region and help them secure economic self-reliance, social equality, and civil rights. Since then, the St. Louis Urban League has grown to become the organization’s No. 1 local affiliate, as ranked by the National Urban League. With 13 locations, 225 employees and a $20 million budget, it serves 100,000 residents of the St. Louis region with a wide range of programs that promote community empowerment, economic opportunity, educational excellence and equality, and civil rights and advocacy.
Over the years, the Taylor family and Enterprise Holdings have supported the National Urban League and its local affiliates in St. Louis and around the country. Enterprise Holdings Executive Chairman Andrew C. Taylor is a past member of the National Urban League’s Board of Trustees and served as co-chair of the St. Louis affiliate’s other recent capital campaign, the Second Century Fund. The efforts of the Second Century Fund and the Centennial Campaign will culminate at the end of 2018.
An earlier version of this article credited Enterprise Holdings for the photo. We have updated it to include the correct photo credit.