The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund 
is a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation and a 
member of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network, 
a growing, nationwide group of almost 50 organizations similar to our 
Fund and with more than 13,000 
members altogether.

Our History

In 2006 a handful of St. Louis women had a big idea: A women’s group that would pool members’ equal contributions and, using a one woman-one vote process, make focused, high-impact grants to nonprofits dedicated to improving life in our community.

The women told their friends. Their friends told their friends. . . The spirit spread by word-of-mouth, and we made our first grants in 2007. We’ve grown every year since.


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.

Our Purpose

  • 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.

Our Values

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.