The Saigh Scene is a place for thoughts, ideas, news, updates, and reflections. We hope you will check in periodically to see what’s new on The Saigh Scene.

Elke Buckland Executive Director of The Saigh Foundation


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As our kids return to school the ongoing controversy surrounding in-person versus virtual learning consumes families and the media.  Often times we become so passionate about a cause or issue at hand we lose sight of who is ultimately affected by the decisions we, as parents and community leaders, make.  In this case, it is our kids…the community’s most vulnerable … Read More

The Saigh Foundation Supports Gateway Center for Giving’s Collaboration’s Directory

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Gateway Center for Giving recently debut the Collaboration’s Directory – “a free & publicly-available tool intended to foster knowledge-sharing and provide context as potential partners contemplate opportunities to work together.” The Saigh Foundation believes that collaboration is an essential strategy in tackling society’s most pressing problems. The Regional Collaborations Directory offers information that sector stakeholders can use to partner for … Read More

Longing for Handshakes and Hugs…

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Pre-COVID19, The Saigh Foundation conducted in-person site visits – either at our office in Clayton or “on-site” at a particular organization – to learn more about programs focused on enhancing the lives of children in St. Louis. These days, like everyone else, we are forced to adjust how we communicate with others and manage our business.  Who knew Zoom would … Read More

Covid19 St. Louis Area Resources

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The Saigh Foundation’s April 2020 grant cycle is now closed. The proposal decision date for these submissions is mid-July. We continue to assess the current crisis and monitor the significant needs in our community. The Saigh Foundation has made a significant gift to the St. Louis Community Foundation’s Regional Response Fund to partner with the community and broadens our reach … Read More

Anything but “Business as usual…”

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As we head into April it is anything but “business as usual” for most of us as we continue to adhere to social distancing requirements.  These new precautionary measures, while necessary, make the work of many of our community not for profit organizations that much more difficult to execute.  Yet we SEE you forging on, continuing to fill the gaps … Read More

The Saigh Foundation Supports The Regional Response Fund Through The St. Louis Community Foundation

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As things develop, it is clear that our community must react quickly and efficiently to the  Covid-19 crisis. Quickly to offset the negative effects resulting from the spread of the virus and efficiently to make sure that all needs are met. Last week The Saigh Foundation elected to provide $100,000 to the Regional Response Fund through the St. Louis Community … Read More

St. Louis Arch skyline

Banding Together as a Community

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For twenty years the Saigh Foundation has been introduced to and has built strong relationships with extraordinary organizations throughout the St. Louis region who are steadfast in improving the lives of the people and families throughout our community. Most recently, their collective response to the global Coronavirus crisis and it’s immediate impact in our region assures us that these organizations … Read More

Thank you from Elke & Julie

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At nine months at the Saigh Foundation, we are reflecting on how much we have learned, laughed, and even cried as we stepped into very big shoes. We accepted our new positions with the excitement of a dream come true opportunity to represent the Foundation and Mr. Saigh’s vision to serve children in our community. Shortly thereafter, our excitement turned … Read More

Mary Kemp (left) and JoAnn Hejna (right)from The Saigh Foundation

A Note from Mary

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Sixteen years ago, when I joined The Saigh Foundation, JoAnn Hejna took me under her wing and introduced me to the world of philanthropy. She included me in all aspects of the work of the foundation and we became a team. JoAnn was my mentor and my friend. We shared the belief that everyone who walked into our office should … Read More

Fred Saigh sitting at his desk

Reinforcing his decision

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No one realized Fred had a cleanliness fetish and did not want anything messy to touch him. He liked being a lawyer, but for a long time he considered going back to school and becoming a doctor, too. That lasted only until he was standing on the street talking to a friend when a very pregnant woman in a parked … Read More