Catch the Spirit

SOS welcomes all women.
We believe the more women
come together, the more mountains
that can be moved.
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Upcoming Events

 29 Aug

Grab some friends and join SOS at Via Vino with Marian McCord, founder of CHADS Coalition for Mental Health (SOS grantee in 2013 and 2015). To register, click here.

 07 Sep

SOS and Network for Strong Communities present: SOS Grant Requirements and Missouri Common Grant Application Training for Potential Grantees at the Center of Clayton from 4-5:30 pm. All potential agencies are welcome to register, please click here.

 16 Sep

SOS AT THE SYMPHONY A first for SOS! Any member interested in going, and for more information, please click here.

              Celebrating 10 Years of Giving!

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.



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.


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.

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