Our Success

Since 2007, SOS has awarded over
$1.8 million to more than 50 non profit
organizations in the St. Louis region.
Click here to see a list of our 2016 grantees.

Annual SOS Spirit Awards

Keynote Speaker, Marie-Hélène Bernard

SOS members turned out by the dozens at Washington's University's newly renovated Steinberg Auditorium  on Thursday, May 26, for SOS' tenth annual Spirit Awards celebration. It was, as usual, a spirited evening, beginning with food, drink and socializing.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of this year's SOS Community Spirit Award to Marie-Hélène Bernard, who became president of the St. Louis Symphony in 2015. She spoke of how the Symphony, like SOS, reaches out  into the St. Louis community and touches diverse lives. "We don't hear enough about the good that is done in the community," she said. "We need to talk about the good stories and about the needs in the community." And she praised "the power of female vision" to make a difference through philanthropy. 

For her work, Bernard received SOS' first-ever Community Spirit Award. 

The evening concluded with the presentation of checks totaling $188,000 to this year's grantees:

  • ALIVE - $25,000

    Emergency sanctuary and other services for children and adults affected by domestic violence.

  • eFamily Treehouse-TWIGS - $10,000

    For free lunches provided to at-risk children during the summer months in the Metro East area.

  • Health Protection and Education Services - $9,480

    Free health screening services and health education for uninsured and underserved individuals.

  • Humanitri - $20,000

    Transitional housing for homeless families, mostly women and children, fleeing domestic violence.

  • Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program - $15,000

    Classes in basic English provided by agency volunteers to foreign-born women in their homes.

  • The Little Bit Foundation - $25,000

    Winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves made available to children in schools with high poverty levels.

  • Lydia's House - $15,000

    Long-term care, support and follow-up services for victims of domestic violence.

  • The Maren Fund - $15,000

    Academic and social support to help teens with Down Syndrome become more independent.

  • Near Southside Employment Coalition - $15,000

    Computer and office skills training for adults who have experienced barriers to employment.

  • Perennial - $18,512

    Teaching the creative reuse of discarded items to diverse populations, including women in transition.

  • Springboard to Learning - $20,050

    Hands-on training in science, engineering and literacy for young, female minority students 

These grants bring to $1,861,150 the amount that SOS members have invested in our community since 2007, our first year of making grants.