We strive to promote economic success for everyone in the St. Louis region by providing financial education and access to reliable financial products and services.
We offer financial coaching and personal finance classes at no cost to our clients, which are key resources to make it possible for individuals to earn economic independence.
We envision an equitable community where everyone has the access, skills, tools, and confidence to achieve their financial aspirations.
Through our coaching and educational resources, we aspire to bring about financial justice and economic dignity for every St. Louisan.
Prosperity Connection (formerly known as the St. Louis Community CU Foundation) was established in 2009 by the Board of Directors of St. Louis Community Credit Union. The Board recognized that many individuals in our community lacked sufficient access to vital financial resources and opportunities. In response, the organization was formed.
In 2012, Prosperity Connection opened the first of three dedicated ‘destination points’ to provide free financial education classes and coaching to area residents. With shifting times, Prosperity Connection’s model of place-based brick-and-mortar locations shifted to encompass virtual offerings as well as expanded community partnerships. The reallocation of resources has allowed staff to meet clients where they are amidst a global pandemic: virtually and at partner facilities.
Prosperity Connection launched our credit-building initiative, St. Louis Builds Credit, in January of 2020. This initiative is a collaborative effort comprised of nonprofits, financial institutions, and other advocates. The primary objective of the initiative is to help individuals and families with their financial journey to establish and maintain a prime credit rating so that they may achieve personal economic stability and obtain wealth-building assets.
Prosperity Connection, and by extension St. Louis Builds Credit, offers a suite of core financial education classes to the community at large and provides credit fairs to the clients of community partners. Volunteers help to deliver classes and staff credit fairs. Prosperity Connection focuses our efforts on providing one-on-one personalized coaching both through partner referrals and to the general public.