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Program Officers by region:
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Central Region:

Terry Plain
(314) 345-5542

Northeast Region:

Thomas Adams
(314) 345-5534

St. Louis Metro Region:
Maranda Witherspoon
(314) 345-5544

Southeast Region:

Jean Freeman-Crawford
(314) 345-5545

Southwest Region:

Michael Renner
(314) 345-5533

Matt Kuhlenbeck
Program Director, Responsive Portfolio
(314) 345-5541

General Support for Advocacy (GSA)

MFH recognizes the significance of advocacy efforts in creating system-level change that will improve the health of the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in Missouri. MFH aims to strengthen health advocacy in the state by providing GSA grants to eligible nonprofit organizations engaged in health advocacy work. These unrestricted funds are not earmarked for a specific project or activity, but are intended to provide financial flexibility for organizations to address existing and emerging health advocacy issues affecting our target population.

MFH provides GSA grants as described in IRS Regulation 26CFR § 53.4945-2(a)(6)(i) to tax-exempt nonprofits involved in health-related public policy advocacy work on behalf of Missouri residents. These unrestricted funds are intended to provide financial flexibility for 501(c)(3) organizations to address emerging health policy issues in a timely way and are not earmarked for a specific project or activity.

If you have any questions regarding General Support for Advocacy grants, please contact Health Policy Officer Sarah Morrow at (314) 345-5536 or toll-free (800) 655-5560 or email

What is General Support for Advocacy?

GSA is a funding program that provides unrestricted grant funding to organizations engaged in advocacy to affect positive health system changes on behalf of the MFH target population (i.e., the uninsured, underinsured and underserved). It is a two-year flexible grant intended to allow organizations to respond to emerging health policy issues.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a process by which an individual or group aims to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems as well as institutions. Advocacy may include many activities that a person or organization undertakes at the institutional, local, state or federal level. Activities may also include media campaigns, public speaking, judicial action, direct and grassroots lobbying, educational briefings, testifying at hearings, commissioning and publishing research and conducting polling. For the purpose of GSA, advocacy does not typically include individual patient advocacy or direct services.

Is my organization a fit for GSA funding?

GSA funding is meant to support organizations working on policy change related to MFH health priority areas (i.e., Infant Mortality, Childhood Obesity, Expanding Health Coverage, Oral Health and Health Equity) that benefit both our target population and our service area. For more information on MFH’s strategic work in these areas visit mffh.orgOur service area includes 84 counties and the City of St. Louis.

GSA grantees typically have a successful record of policy change and a deep understanding of advocacy tactics and the policymaking system they are attempting to influence. GSA is not meant to support individual patient advocacy or programmatic endeavors.

For a full list of FAQ click here.

Advocacy Trainings

MFH works to build the capacity of Missouri nonprofits to provide a voice for the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in the policymaking process. Learn more about training opportunities here.