Leave a legacy with 100 Neediest Cases

" The support and gifts we received were very needed. This has been such a blessing and I couldn’t be more grateful. "

– 100 Neediest Cases recipient

Leave a legacy for the Greater St. Louis community through the endowment fund to benefit 100 Neediest Cases.

Longtime donors Ralph and Ruthie Deuser wanted to ensure that 100 Neediest Cases could continue helping those in need long into the future. Upon their passing, the Deusers established an endowment fund that will do just that.

What is an endowment fund?
An endowment fund is a permanent fund that benefits a specific organization or cause. Gifts to endowment funds are invested for the long term. The benefiting organization receives funding from investment gains each year in perpetuity.

Gifts to the Ralph and Ruthie Dueser Endowment Fund for 100 Neediest Cases will grow with investment, and 100 Neediest Cases will receive a percentage each year. Additionally, gifts to this fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a generous bequest from Ralph and Ruthie Dueser.

100 Neediest Cases

Leave a legacy with a gift to the Ralph and Ruthie Deuser Endowment Fund for 100 Neediest Cases.




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Questions about the Ralph and Ruthie Deuser Endowment Fund? Contact Carri Meyer at carri.meyer@stl.unitedway.org.

More Ways You Can Help

Adopt a Family

Want to make even more of an impact? By adopting a local family you can purchase or donate specific items they need, such as clothing, household necessities, gift cards, toys, furniture and more.

Spread the word

We need your help bringing joy to even more families. By sharing on Facebook, you can help make sure that everybody in the 100 Neediest Cases program receives the support they need for a better, brighter holiday season.

Every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes to help people. All administrative and fundraising costs are absorbed by United Way, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and 53 area social service agencies.