Since 2007, SOS members have invested more than $2 million in the St. Louis community.

We work hard to put our money where we think it can do the most good. We tend to favor smaller agencies with annual budgets under $1 million. Many grantees are organizations that have largely escaped public notice and have little access to traditional funding sources. Some 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 Council

Advisory council co-chairs, Shelby Schagrin, founder of the Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund, and Mary Schoolman, SOS founding member, have recruited an advisory council. The purpose of the 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.

During 2017, the council will delve into a specific challenge and provide input, including strategies and action steps to the board. 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, Mary Schoolman
Co-Executive Director, The Educational Multimedia Company
SOS founding member

Ken Abendschein
Creative Strategist, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Renee Bell
President, Waterhout

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

Molly Cline
Community volunteer

Kimberly McKinney
Chief Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity

Jeffrey Mittman
Executive Director, ACLU of Missouri

Brittany Packnett
St. Louis Executive Director, Teach For America

Gayle Palmer
Community volunteer, SOS founding member

Sunny Schaefer
Executive Director, Operation Food Search and SOS member

Rebecca Schulz
Vice President, Prosper Women Entrepreneurs and SOS member

Pete Werner
Consultant, United Way of Greater St. Louis