Our Success

Since 2007, SOS has awarded over
$1.8 million to more than 65 nonprofit
organizations in the St. Louis region that are enhancing the lives of hundreds of people.
Click here to see a list of our 2016 grantees.

How We Work

We Pool Our Resources

The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund members commit to an annual contribution of $1,200 for five years. After five years, members renew on an annual basis.  $1,080 of each member’s annual contribution goes directly to making grants and $120 to help support SOS’s educational programs and operation. All contributions are managed through The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, a component fund at The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.

We Work Together

Through an active network of committees, the members of the Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund develop stimulating education programs, an active calendar of membership events and a terrific grantmaking process. All members are encouraged to participate beyond their annual dues. For a volunteer form and current list of committees, please click here.

We Invest in the Community

The SOS Women’s Fund looks to respond to urgent and critical needs throughout the St. Louis community where our funding can make an important difference. We do not limit grantmaking to women’s causes and award grants to organizations in the areas of:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social Services

We Do Our Homework

The Grants Committee researches needs, requests letters of inquiry from not for profit organizations and selects organizations to submit grant proposals. The Grants Committee develops guidelines, reviews proposals, conducts on-site evaluations of nonprofit organizations and assembles a ballot.   The entire SOS membership makes the final grant decisions by vote.

We Make an Impact

The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund is committed to increase the participation and leadership of women in philanthropy in the St. Louis area. The power of many women giving together has a significant impact. By pooling our funds, we are able to respond to community-wide needs with substantial focused grants.

We Partner with the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation

The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund has selected the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation to partner with for administrative, financial and technical support. The Community Foundation provides a wide variety of services dedicated to helping St. Louisans put charitable dollars to work addressing the issues most important to them in the communities they care most about.  The Foundation administers over 350 charitable funds totaling over $125 million in assets and supports these funds in distributing over $10 million annually in grants and scholarships.