A Simple Idea
Women coming together to give money away. A simple idea offering a fresh perspective: a collective giving network where individual resources are pooled to expand women's philanthropy and strengthen the St. Louis region. Embraced with phenomenal response from the onset, SOS has grown, welcoming all women who wish to join.
Join us today!
The invitation to join is open and inclusive. With no restrictions on age, professional status, religious affiliation, political views, race, lifestyle, where you live or volunteer time requirements, the group is diverse and eclectic. Any woman who wishes to join this dynamic group can.
Since its founding in 2006, SOS has given the St. Louis region over $1,400,000 in grants. Way to go SOS members!
WCGN 2015 CONFERENCE
Early bird registration is open now for our fifth national conference!
Several SOS members have already signed up! Consider taking advantage
of being with like minded women from all over the country!
WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015
Doing, Being, Leading.
October 15-17 at the Ballantyne Hotel, Charlotte, NC
Hosted by Charlotte's Women's Impact Fund (WIF)
For more information, and early bird registration, click here.
For more information, please contact Vicki Sheehan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOS AWARDS $180,000
TO LOCAL AGENCIES
SOS members turned out by the dozens at Washington's University's newly renovated Steinberg Auditorium on Thursday, May 21, for SOS' ninth annual Spirit Awards celebration. It was, as usual, a spirited evening, beginning with food, drink and socializing.
Kimberly Ritter inspired with her keynote speech, recounting how as, "just a meeting planner," she became aware of how hotels have become popular venues for sex traffickers who prey on girls as young as 13. Because she "could not and would not stand for a child to be sold as a commodity," she became an activist, working with victims and their parents, speaking and writing about the issue and becoming director of development for a new organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the problem. She exhorted her listeners to engage their personal passions to right injustices. "We have the power to make change," she said.
For her work, Ritter received SOS' first-ever Community Spirit Award. The evening concluded with the presentation of checks totaling $180,000 to this year's 11 grantees:
CHADS - $25,000
Community Performance Ensemble - $20,000
inspireSTL - $14,000
Leading, Educating and Developing Promising Youth - $10,000
Let's Start - $20,000
Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project - $10,000
SoulFisher Ministries - $10,000
St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP) - $20,000
St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association - $11,000
Woman's Place - $20,000
Voices for Children - $20,000
These grants bring to $1,672,500 the amount that SOS members have invested in our community since 2007, our first year of making grants.
For the second year, Buckingham Asset Management is a proud sponsor and partner of SOS.
We are a national network of collective giving groups.