August 21, 2014
It is the mission of MASW to provide the leadership, research, education and advocacy to improve public policies and programs impacting the health and welfare of all people in Missouri.
MASW envisions Missouri becoming a more just, equitable and democratic society that assures every person’s health, safety, security, independence, human rights, dignity and the opportunity to reach full potential.
MASW is a citizen membership organization founded in 1901. Organized in the Progressive Era, we started in St. Louis as the Missouri Conference on Corrections and Charities. We were mostly a statewide professional forum for philanthropists, government employees of human services agencies, and private charity professionals. For the first decade our activities consisted mostly of meeting once a year to discuss social problems and read papers.
MASW became a more activist organization in 1910, with our first legislative committee under the of leadership of Roger Baldwin, subsequent founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. We began advocating for changes in public policy to improve social conditions. Among our first major successes was the creation of the Widow's Pension Program, a pilot project in Jackson County, Missouri, which spread around the country and became the model for the national Aid to Dependent Children Program passed in the Social Security Act of 1935.
Among our other major achievements on our first century:
•Missouri Commission on Human Rights
•Missouri Public Defender Commission
•School Nutrition Program
•Missouri Housing Trust Fund
•Repeal of State Sales Tax on Food
•Family Development Accounts
•Missouri Foundation for Health
•Corrections Department Reforms
So far in our second century as Missouri's voice for social justice:
•Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
•Mental Health Parity legislation
•Quality Jobs Act (Enactment and Expansion)
•State Minimum Wage Increase
•Department of Corrections Reforms:
+Visitation Policy Improvements
+Waiver of First 90 Days of Intervention Fee
•Prevented Major Increase in Electric Rates
•Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance
Timeline of MASW's History & Accomplishments
Information about accessing the MASW Archive
Our state Board of Directors
MASW Honor Roll