WHO WE ARE
Shelby Schagrin brought the idea of women’s collective giving to St. Louis in 2006. The idea was simple; to bring together women’s equal contributions so that together we can make a bigger contribution to our community than individually. Each member would make an equal contribution and using a one-woman, one-vote process, provide high-impact funding to nonprofits that were improving life in the St. Louis metro region. Shelby enlisted Susan Block and together they created the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund. One-by-one, woman-by-woman, the spirit grew.
Today we continue to learn and grow, guided by the collective wisdom of our members and the people we serve. We are humbled by the work of our grantees who teach us every day about the power of giving to others. To date we have contributed over $2.7 million dollars to over 85 nonprofits that are improving life in our community.
The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (SOS) strengthens the St. Louis community through informed, focused grantmaking by educating and inspiring women to engage in significant giving.
- Create a powerful organization of women devoted to improving the community.
- Be a force for significant social change through collective grantmaking.
- Provide financial support to community organizations dedicated to improving life in the Greater St. Louis area.
- Educate and inspire current and potential women donors.
We are committed to equality, diversity, collaboration, community, inclusiveness and accountability.
We value our members as colleagues and friends. We don’t just work together. We also relax together at occasional social events.
We enjoy the sense of discovery that comes from learning about our community, its needs and organizations that are working to meet those needs.