Enterprise Holdings founder Jack C. Taylor and his family have announced gifts totaling $92.5 million to thirteen cultural, educational, and historical institutions, most of them in the St. Louis area.
The awards include endowment gifts of $30 million to Forest Park Forever, $25 million to the City Arch River 2015 Foundation, and $10 million to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Other recipients include the Better Angels Society, which was awarded $1 million to help underwrite filmmaker Ken Burns' upcoming documentary on baseball legend Jackie Robinson; the Fisher House Foundation, which will receive $6 million to build accommodations for veterans and their families receiving medical treatment in Charleston, South Carolina, and Portland, Oregon; and the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, which will receive $5 million for its capital and program needs.
In late May, the Taylors announced a $22 million commitment to St. Louis nonprofits, primarily to organizations working with underserved youth and communities.
"St. Louis offers an amazing number of cultural, educational, and historical treasures that are truly world class, especially for a city our size," said Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, Jack Taylor's daughter and president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. "Nurturing and sustaining these assets isn't just about ensuring that we all continue to enjoy them; it's an important way to attract new businesses, entrepreneurs, and young people to a community that is such a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It's certainly been all that and more for our family."