Since 2007, SOS members have invested more than $2.2 million in the St. Louis community.

We work hard to put our money where we think it can do the most good. We make grants to smaller agencies with annual budgets under $1.5 million. Many grantees are organizations that have largely escaped public notice and have little access to traditional funding sources. Most are just getting started while others have been around for years.

Our grants of $5,000 to $25,000 have benefited deserving agencies that are changing the lives of thousands of needy people of all cultures and ages across the St. Louis community. 

SOS advisory

SOS Advisory Council

Formed in 2015, the purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide high level strategic input to the board that will enrich the organization. SOS's advisory council members will serve as a sounding board, offering ideas and expertise to the SOS board of directors. The SOS advisory council is composed of a diverse group of people with a genuine interest in SOS and a commitment to the St. Louis community.

SOS Advisory Council Members

Co-chair, Shelby Schagrin
Managing Director, Investment Banking - Benjamin F. Edwards, Co.
Founder, SOS

Co-chair, Vicki Sheehan
President, Sheehan Investment Services
SOS founding member and former SOS President

Co-chair, Gwendolyn Wesley
Community Facilitator 
SOS founding member and former SOS President

Secretary, Joni Karandjeff
Community Volunteer
SOS board member

Ken Abendschein
Creative Strategist, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Renee Bell
President, Waterhout

Joyce Buchheit
Owner, J. Wood & Associates

Kevin Cahill
Vice President in Strategic Initiatives, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Maxine Clark
CEO, Fox-Clark Family Foundation and SOS member

Molly Cline
Community volunteer 

Diane Compardo
Partner, Moneta Group

Rose Hanley
Founder and Executive Director, Little Bit Foundation

Kimberly McKinney
Chief Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity

Jeffrey Mittman
Executive Director, ACLU of Missouri

Brittany Packnett
St. Louis Executive Director, Teach For America

Gwendolyn Packnett
President, Women's Society of Washington University

Sunny Schaefer
Executive Director, Operation Food Search and SOS member

Rebecca Schulz
Vice President, Prosper Women Entrepreneurs and SOS member

Stacy Taubman
Founder/CEO, Rise Collaborative; Girls Dreaming Big

Pete Werner
Consultant, United Way of Greater St. Louis