The family of Enterprise Holdings founder Jack C. Taylor has announced gifts totaling $22 million to educational and other nonprofit organizations working with underserved youth and communities in the St. Louis region.
Contributions include $5 million each to the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation in support of early childhood education, and Ranken Technical College, for scholarships for low-income students; $2 million each to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis for ongoing operations, the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri for scholarships, and St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation in support of dental services for underserved youth and an early childhood program; $1.5 million to KIPP: St. Louis; and $1 million to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis for technology infrastructure upgrades, software, and staffing at its Ferguson Community Empowerment Center.
"My father instilled in all of us a strong belief in giving back to the community, especially here in our hometown of St. Louis," said Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, Taylor's daughter and president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. "These donations complement past contributions we've made to organizations that meet many community needs and expand opportunities for youth. We see an even greater need today to continue supporting organizations that make life better in our underserved communities — especially for the young people in those communities who are St. Louis's future."