Catch the Spirit

SOS welcomes all women.
We believe the more women
come together, the more mountains
that can be moved.
Please join us!
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Learn about SOS

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Upcoming Events

06 APR


Join us to discuss "Up the Down Staircase" by Bel Kaufman. 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy. Register here. 

11 APR



SOS members will learn more about the nonprofit organizations that will be on the ballot and hear the recommendations from the site teams. 5 PM to 8:00 PM. at St. Louis Community Foundation at #2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, MO. Register here.

20 APR


Join us for lunch and hear from Steve Zwolak, University City Children's Center and LUME Institute Exec. Dir. 11 AM to 1:00 PM. at 6646 Vernon Ave., University City 63130. Click here to RSVP.

23 MAY


Join us for our annual granting celebration with our 2018 Grantees at the Lodge Des Peres from 5:30 - 7 pm. Register here. 

              Celebrating 11 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.


Spirit Awards 2017 

Thanks to our members, we were able to award $204,583 in grants to 12 deserving agencies. 2017 also marks the first time SOS awarded a three-year renewable grant.
Lydia's House - $33,333 multi-year grant to support its Job Training and Employment Program called Lydia's Ladle. This provides women who are escaping domestic violence an immediate source of income. Look for their chicken potpies in local grocery stores!
Angels' Arms - $20,000 grant to provide foster homes, resources and emotional support for foster parents who care for sibling groups and other hard-to-place children.
Annie's Hope - St. Louis Bereavement Center of Young People - $15,000 grant to provide critically needed in-school support services, free of charge, to underprivileged and disenfranchised youth who are dealing with overwhelming grief.
Eye Care Charity of Mid-America - $20,000 grant to provide free eye care services to 200 children in Ferguson during the 2017-2018 school year.
Home Sweet Home - $6,000 grant to help clients from partner organizations transition to their new living situations with much-needed furnishing and basics, providing a sense of ownership and a source of stability at a crucial time.
Home Works THVP - $10,000 grant to add 100 students to their program of home visits by teachers and school staff members, creating a partnership between families and teachers for children's success.
Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project - $20,000 grant to overcome barriers to justice by providing low-cost, high quality legal services to low-income immigrants and their families.
Pianos for People - $12,000 grant to break down financial barriers that prevent those from disadvantaged backgrounds from accessing the many benefits of learning to play the piano.
St. Louis Internship Program - $20,000 grant to provide the rigorous support, training, prep and networking which are essential for interns to succeed both in the workplace and in life.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective - $8,250 grant to fund "Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace" which is a live theatrical performance about gun violence based on 2015 conversations among teens, the police and civic leaders.
Urban Harvest STL - $20,000 grant to continue its work maintaining their downtown roof top farm and expand its reach further into the community by establishing more urban farm sites in partnership with other organizations.
Volunteers in Medicine, Inc - $20,000 grant to purchase medication for uninsured, low-income adult residents of St. Charles.





Because giving is at the very heart of Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund, we feel it is important to share stories about the agencies and people impacted by the generosity of our members.

Our "Why We Give" newsletter highlights a story about one of our current grantees. We hope you enjoy and are inspired by the real life stories.  



“The experience of SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS WOMEN’S FUND has fundamentally changed me. I realize what’s important about your life is what you end up doing with it. And every time we support an organization, we are advocating for them. We give people a voice. It’s powerful and it’s important – and it recognizes that we are all connected.” 

"If I give money to an organization it says that I care. But when I give as part of SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS WOMEN’S FUND it says that 200 women care. And we are standing shoulder-to-shoulder saying to the people we serve: You are not invisible. You are not inconsequential. You matter. And we care.”


 Support our Fund

For anyone in our community who supports our work building women's leadership in philanthropy, we welcome individual donations to our fund.

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