Helpful Resources & Information
Here are some online resources that we think are useful.
Human Trafficking Prevention
Strategic Plan to Address Human Trafficking in Missouri and Metro East St. Louis Report
In 2019, a three year research project funded by the Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (MCAHT), in which Marillac Mission Fund was involved, culminated in three pieces: a comprehensive Resource Guide searchable by county; a provider-based Needs Assessment of services and demographic snapshot of survivors; and a Strategic Plan with detailed recommendations and asset maps by region of the service area.
Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Report
The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, now Marillac Mission Fund, completed a study in 2016 on the need for human trafficking prevention in our region, particularly the prevention of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth (CSEC). The report is known as “Understanding Community Needs and Priorities for Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth: A Funder’s Framework for Addressing Prevention.”
Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE)
CATE is a St. Louis-based community movement for education and awareness, responding to trafficking through public advocacy, training, and outreach to youth in the city and county area.This site hosts the interactive Resource Guide and other pieces of the MCAHT study referenced above, and efforts to implement the strategic plan are being led by CATE.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The Blue Campaign infographic resources will help you to answer the question, “What is Human Trafficking?” Please help us bring this crime out of the shadows by sharing these materials on social media.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
This anti-trafficking center’s website provides research, training and volunteer opportunities, as well as victim services like internet safety tips and a live toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
From advocating for legislative change and participating in educational and strategy development to client services and engaging the community to fight trafficking, the Polaris Project is a global effort for freedom. They also offer a national hotline via telephone at 1-888-373-7888 or text at BeFree (233733).
Immigrants & Refugees
Catholic Legal Immigrant Network
CLINIC promises to promote dignity and protect the rights of immigrant families. This is done through advocacy, legal support, religious services and other programs.
American Immigration Council
The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications to advance positive public attitudes and create a more welcoming America.
Justice for Immigrants
Justice for Immigrants desires to educate and rally the Catholic community to create positive immigrant reform and organize Catholic networks to provide benefits that come from such a reform.
Migration Policy Institute
This Washington, DC think tank provides research for policies and initiatives concerning refugees and immigrants at local, national and international levels.
The largest Latino advocacy organization in the U.S., formerly the National Council of La Raza, its local presence is felt through 300 affiliated community-based organizations nationwide. Unidos US works primarily in the policy and advocacy sphere, but also provides capacity-building assistance to the affiliated organizations so that opportunities can be advanced to local immigrant families.
National Immigration Law Center
With a mission to “defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrant families,” NILC provides a wide range of services from engaging in lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families to advocacy and capacity building for area lawyers.
NETWORK is a Catholic leader in global movement for justice and peace, primarily focused on educating, organizing and lobbying for economic and social transformation.
The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index is a tool used to determine the amount of income a working adult must have to meet their basic needs-such as housing, food, transportation, child care, and saving for emergencies and retirement. It is searchable by county and state and takes into account the family type (number of workers and number of children).
Older Adults Living Independently
Missouri Senior Report
The Missouri Senior Report is a critical, reliable, data-driven resource on issues concerning the senior population. The indicators, gathered in partnership with over a dozen state agencies and organizations, provide essential context for senior advocates, policy makers, grant writers, researchers, caregivers, businesses, seniors, emerging seniors, and family members to understand and act on the issues.
Impact of Illinois State Budget Impasse on SW IL Seniors Report
The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, now the Marillac Mission Fund, commissioned a study by the CORO Fellows in 2017 to bring much needed attention to unintended, harmful consequences the state’s budget impasse was having on vulnerable older adults and their caregivers, as well as the organizations that struggled to stay open to provide the most basic of care for seniors living in South West Illinois.
Administration on Aging
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency that implements the Older Americans Act provides services and programs ranging from caregiver and support services to legal services in order to help aging individuals live independently.
The Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) is a tool used to determine the true cost of living for seniors and present local expenses, savings requirements, and what incomes are needed to achieve economic security by family type, and at the city, county, and state levels. It takes into account housing (own/rent, single/married), healthcare, transportation, food, and miscellaneous expenses that a senior would need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity.
State of Decay Report
This state-by-state report assesses the status of oral health for America’s 65+ population and the success or failure of states to address needs of that demographic. It was last published in 2018 through the Wisdom Tooth Project of Oral Health America, which is now a part of Authority Dental.
Saint Louis County Access & Functional Needs Registry
An emergency preparedness program for older adults and people with disabilities with resources to promote independence, safety, and well-being for older residents.
St. Louis City Senior Fund
Following the successful Seniors Count public advocacy campaign, the St. Louis City Senior Fund was created by the November 2016 passage of Proposition S. Visit the Meetings & Reports tab to view the full Seniors Count Needs Assessment Report which was conducted to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs of seniors living in Greater St Louis.
National Veterans Foundation
This website gives a list of national resources for veterans in various categories (hotlines, VA benefits, social supports, health, etc.)
National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
NCVAS serves as the authoritative clearinghouse for VA to collect, validate, analyze, and disseminate key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs to support planning, analysis, and decision-making activities.
Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center
The Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) provides timely, rigorous data analysis to support the development of high-priority policy, planning, and management initiatives. It also coordinates and supports the design and implementation of randomized program evaluations with strong potential to improve the quality and efficiency of VA healthcare.
Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute
The Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute is a non-partisan think tank that empowers veterans and provides clear, reliable information that leads to better healthcare outcomes for veterans and was founded by veterans, medical professionals, and patient advocates.
Advocacy & Coalition-Building
Alliance for Justice/Bolder Advocacy
Alliance for Justice is a national association of 130 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. AFJ’s work is divided into two main programs: Justice Program and Bolder Advocacy. Bolder Advocacy is the leading authority on the legal framework governing nonprofit advocacy. Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so.
The Urban Institute is a trusted source for unbiased, authoritative insights that inform consequential choices about the well-being of people and places in the United States. It is a nonprofit research organization that believes decisions shaped by facts, rather than ideology, have the power to improve public policy and practice, strengthen communities, and transform people’s lives for the better.
Grand Victoria Toolkit
Most organizations, at one time or another, will use outside consultants to address a capacity need that internal resources can't meet. If you or your organization is considering a consultant engagement, "The Insider's Guide to Outside Advice" Toolkit will provide guidelines to four key steps nonprofit leaders must take to ensure the desired results are achieved, the expectations are mutually understood, solid deliverables are generated by a consultant in a timely manner, and more.
The TCC Group
Evaluating Capacity-Building Efforts of Nonprofit Organizations: This article from the TCC Group explains how nonprofit organizations, consultants, funders, and evaluators can evaluate capacity-building activities. Evaluation of capacity building can help inform and, ultimately, improve efforts to build effective nonprofit organizations that can manage and sustain high-impact programs for a long time to come.