The Spirit of Giving
The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund is a collective giving and grantmaking organization. Everyone gives an equal amount of money. Everyone has an equal voice.
We are a volunteer democracy. Those who have time, give it. Those who don't are not judged. We respect that different women have different demands on their time at different times in their lives. There are no fundraisers, no galas.
We have only two requirements: pay your dues and vote on how it's given back to the community. Click here to become a member.
OUR 2016 GRANTEES
The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund has awarded grants totaling $188,000 to eleven community agencies. The agencies and the amount granted to each include:
ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) - $25,000
The Family Treehouse (TWIGS) - $10,000
Health, Protection and Education Services - $9480
Humanitri - $20,000; Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program - $15,000
Little Bit Foundation - $25,000
Lydia's House - $15,000
The Maren Fund - $15,000
Near Southside Employment Coalition - $15,000
Perennial - $18,512
Springboard to Learning - $20,050.
Congratulations 2016 Grantees - and THANK YOU SOS MEMBERS!
2016 Spirit Awards
More than 150 members and guests attended the annual Spirit Awards celebration, held Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Steinberg Auditorium. The celebration was the culmination of the grant-making process completed by many members of the Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund. Thank you to all SOS members who make the grants happen!
"The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund is a collective giving and grant-making network. Everyone gives the same and everyone has the same vote. In our 10 years of giving, we have awarded over 70 agencies grants totalling more than $1.8 million," said Gwen Wesley, president of SOS.
This year's keynote speaker, Marie-Helene Bernard, president and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, gave a terrific overview of how our St. Louis Symphony, one of the top five orchestras in the country, works to give back to the St. Louis community.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS TOGETHER
Our spirit definitely filled the room as we celebrated 10 years of giving and sharing. Gwen Wesley, our current president, and founding presidents, Shelby Schagrin & Susan Block, all spoke to the heart of our organization as other members chimed in with their own stories of what moved them to become a part of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.
Thanks to Susan Block for creating such a beautiful, memorable evening. Your creativity and grace could be felt in every little detail, from the flowers you arranged by hand, to the glorious menu and the exceptionally welcoming atmosphere. Thanks also to Joni Karandjeff and our tireless membership team, Sue Rector and Marianne Baer, for coordinating the favors and guest list.
See photos and coverage of the event by Ladue News here.
Support our Fund
For anyone in our community who supports our work building women's leadership in philanthropy, we welcome individual donations to our endowed fund.
Click here to donate online.
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