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Ever heard of Ralston Purina? Of course you have. Launched in St. Louis on May 26, 1896, under the ownership of William H. Danforth, the company grew to become one of the 100 largest companies in America. But that’s only because a St. Louis banker believed in Mr. Danforth, loaning him $25,000 after a tornado [...]

What’s missing? That was the biggest question on my mind as I left the 2011 Larger Community Foundations Conference, which concluded last week in San Francisco.

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