Helpful Resources & Information
Here are some online resources that we think are useful.
Human Trafficking Prevention
The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, now Marillac Mission Fund, completed a study (November 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.”
To view the full report click here: Full Report
What is Human Trafficking?
Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking?
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.
Coalition against Trafficking and Exploitation
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.
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.
Immigration Policy Center
As the research and policy portion of the American Immigration Council, IPC’s goal is to reshape the conversation around immigration. Their main function is to provide information and expertise both to citizens and Capitol Hill.
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.
National Council of La Raza
Although NCLR is the largest Latino advocacy organization in the U.S., its local presence is felt through 300 affiliated community-based organizations nationwide. NCLR 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
The Illinois State Budget Impasse: Impact on Low-Income Seniors was recently developed for the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, now the Marillac Mission Fund, by the CORO Fellows in February 2017. Through research and interviews with older adults and service providers, the report’s findings bring much needed attention to unintended, harmful consequences the state’s budget impasse is having on vulnerable older adults nearly two years since the impasse was first imposed by the state’s governor. The report also examines the impact the Illinois budget impasse is having on the caregivers or families and the organizations that struggle to stay open to provide the most basic of care for seniors living in the South West Illinois counties of Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Monroe, Calhoun, and Clinton Illinois.
To view the full report click here: DCFSL Impact of Illinois State Budget Impasse on SW IL Seniors
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.
Oral Health America
This national non-profit organization is working to educate Americans about the importance of mouth health to overall health and well-being, as well as connect communities to available resources and advocate for policies that improve oral health for all Americans.
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
Visit Seniors Count to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs of seniors living in Greater St Louis. This effort consists of 30 organizations dedicated to improving health, nutrition and quality of life for those vulnerable due to low income and addressing the gap in funding for support services that benefit the needs of seniors.
This Oral Health America program is focused on providing dental education, resources and care to meet the specific needs of Older Adults.
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 Grand Victoria 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.