Taylor family makes another round of large donations | St. Louis Public Radio

Taylor family makes another round of large donations

Jun 10, 2015

Nine cultural, educational and historical institutions in the St. Louis area will receive money as a part of $92.5 million in donations from the family of Enterprise Holdings founder Jack Taylor.

The family announced the gifts Wednesday, two weeks after $22 million in donations were made public by the Taylors.

Jack Taylor, the founder of Enterprise Holdings; Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, the president of Enterprise Holdings Foundation; Andy Taylor, the executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings.
Credit Photo courtesy of Enterprise Holdings

“St. Louis offers an amazing number of cultural, educational, and historical treasures that are truly world-class, especially for a city our size,” President of Enterprise Holdings Foundation Jo Ann Taylor Kindle said in a statement.

She is the daughter of Enterprise’s founder Jack Taylor. 

The biggest chunk of the donations announced Wednesday is $30 million that will go into the endowment fund of Forest Park Forever, an organization dedicated to the continuing restoration of the park.

“These contributions and the many gifts that came before them will enrich the life of our community for future generations. We are very lucky that the Taylors call St. Louis home,” president and executive director of Forest Park Forever, Lesley Hoffarth, said in a statement.

The City Arch River 2015 Foundation will receive $25 million, the second largest donation. This money will fund improvements to the Old Courthouse as well as go to the organization’s endowment fund.

Here is a full list of the organizations that will receive money as a part of the Taylor gift:

  • $30 million to Forest Park Forever’s endowment fund
  • $25 million to the City Arch River 2015 Foundation, for improvements to the Old Courthouse and to support the Foundation’s endowment fund
  • $10 million to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s endowment fund
  • $6 million to the Fisher House Foundation for construction of new homes in Charleston, S.C., and Portland, Ore., that provide accommodation for military families during medical treatment
  • $5 million to the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, to meet capital and program needs
  • $5 million to the Saint Louis Art Museum Foundation’s endowment fund
  • $5 million to St. Luke's Hospital, to support its endowment fund
  • $2 million to the Missouri Botanical Garden, to support its capital campaign
  • $1 million to the Better Angels Society to underwrite filmmaker Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary on baseball legend Jackie Robinson
  • $1 million to the Everglades Foundation to support its End Point Restoration Project to restore America’s Everglades and sustain South Florida’s water supply
  • $1 million to Friends of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to fund its World War II education programs
  • $1 million to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to provide operational support for the services of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • $500,000 to the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (The Muny) to support its endowment fund and multiple capital needs