Major Gifts

The spirit and impact of an organization is a true reflection of those whose contributions sustain and advance its mission, vision and values. Independence Center continues to expand its programs and services for the purpose of strengthening the St. Louis Community by continuing to enhance the quality of life for our most underserved citizens. Just over $1 million of the support for our work comes from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations in our region.

Contributions at every level make a difference, but those at our upper levels of giving belong to a special group of individuals who believe that an investment in the value of Independence Center is an investment in our future.

Our programs and services provide exemplary psychiatric rehabilitative experiences for adults with chronic and persistent mental illness that are important to our social well-being. Our services cultivate public participation and build organizational partnerships that improve civic life.

Major annual giving provides Independence Center with vital resources for work that impacts our city, county and our community.

For personal service, we invite you to click here to email us.

Planned Giving

Leave Your Legacy by Giving Back to the Community You Love

Philanthropy is the engine that powers Independence Center’s mission; without the generosity of individuals and families compelled by the legacy of Susan and George Hecker and our founding families, we could not address the health and quality of life of people living with severe mental illness. Becoming an Independence Center’s Legacy Fund supporter ensures that we remain an important and reliable institution in the St. Louis region.

You can ensure that future generations in our community experience access to the highest quality programs available by including Independence Center in your estate planning. It’s called “Planned Giving” and there can be significant tax-saving benefits with this type of charity. Our Planned Giving Team made up of board members, staff, members would be delighted to assist you in a plan that matches your family’s philanthropic goals and ensures a confident future for Independence Center.

If you have already included Independence Center in your estate plans, let us thank you and welcome you into the Legacy Fund. This group was formed to recognize the outstanding group of supporters whose foresight and generosity will help Independence Center continue to fulfill its mission into the future. To learn more, click here to email us. 

Stock Gifts

Thank you for considering a gift of stock to Independence Center. Your gift will assist us greatly in achieving our mission of providing a comprehensive system of high quality programs and services that assist adults in the St. Louis area with serious and persistent mental illnesses to live and work in the community, independently, and with dignity.

To assist us in making your transfer, please note the following:

1. To transfer stock(s), contact your broker and ask that the stocks be transferred to the Center’s account at one of the brokerages below.

2. Please email us by clicking here, and alert us to look for your transfer. Then complete this form and forward it to the Development Office at the Center. The donor’s name is not noted on transfer documents, so it is important that we know the name and amount of the stock in order to record it properly.

3. You are given credit for the stock value on the day of the transfer, not the day it’s liquidated.

4. You will receive an official receipt letter for your files from the Development Office identifying the value of your gift on the transfer date.

Independence Center has brokerage accounts at:

Commerce Bank

Dan Rice
(314) 746-3304

Briana Goebel
(314) 746-7276

Independence Center – Gift Account
DTC #2170

Matching Gift

Did you know that your gift could be doubled, tripled, even quadrupled?

Many companies offer matching gift programs – your employer might be one of them! Matching gift programs enhance the giving power from individuals and their employer for the greater benefit of organizations like Independence Center.

If you would like additional information, please click here to email us.