Enriching Saint Louis

Encouraging Giving

Our Mission

The Berges Family Foundation supports the institutions and organizations that make Saint Louis a great place to live, visit, and invest. Our contributions help fund cultural engagement, STEM preparedness, youth empowerment, and support for our heroes and first responders.


Giving financial support to improve the quality of life through arts and education.


Exposing future leaders to STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Serving at-risk and under-resourced children through youth empowerment.

for Heroes

Funding health, welfare, and career guidance for our first responders and veterans.

Our Focus

What makes our foundation unique? Our focus areas come together to foster better lives for those who reside within our St. Louis communities, thereby giving our great city a rich, bright, profitable future.

Each year, we go where we are needed most and strive to make a difference that impacts individuals, brings about positive change, and inspires others to get involved.

Our Beneficiaries

The Berges Family Foundation chooses our beneficiaries carefully. We support those who have proven results, demonstrate measurable impact, show organizational excellence, demonstrate sustainability, collaborate with others, and ignite real and lasting change.

Organizations that align with our goals – to give St. Louis and the world a positive foot forward and instill hope in the lives of those who may not have that hope – are those we aim to partner with while encouraging others to share in their missions.

Success Stories

For many years, the Berges Family Foundation has been supporting St. Louis organizations, their workers and volunteers, and those they serve. We are filled with joy knowing that we are helping to change lives. But don’t take our word for it – take a look at a few of the success stories from our nonprofit partners and those they help to see how our support and yours makes a tremendous difference.

“We are very thankful to the Berges family for their gift which will enable us to improve outcomes for more children and families affected by autism.”

Dr. John MantovaniMedical Director of Mercy Kids Autism Center

“The Berges family has been a tremendous supporter of the arts and Jazz St. Louis in particular. They showed their leadership by stepping forward and being one of the first to make an investment in our capital campaign and inspiring others to do the same.”

Gene Dobbs BradfordPresident and CEO, Jazz St. Louis

“In the largest non-corporate donation ever to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, the Berges Family Foundation has given $1 million to the help them serve more children. ‘We are grateful and humbled. Because of their gift, we are now able to aggressively move forward with our expansion plans,”

Lauri TannerCEO, Ranken Jordan

“One of the best things the Berges Family Foundation and Jim and Cathy have done each year is organize a group of people whom they know to underwrite one of our mainstage productions.”

Mark BernsteinManaging Director, The Repertory Theatre St. Louis

“Cathy Berges agreed to chair our gala in my first year here. It was beautiful and successful and I am eternally grateful.”

Timothy O’LearyGeneral Director, Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Jim & Cathy Berges:

Excellence in Philanthropy

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