November 2018 Newsletter
Giving Together – Changing Communities & The World
Birds of a Different Feather Give Together – The New Findings about Collective Giving Members and Their Networks
Dear Friends,
As collective giving continues to grow nationwide, a report released this month by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the Collective Giving Research Group, provides a deeper understanding of how our women-driven movement is changing and shaping philanthropy.
Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors
report affirms previous research that collective giving donors invest more to their communities, invest more strategically and proactively, invest to a wider array of non-profit organizations, volunteer more, and are more likely to engage in civic activity.
A deeper dive into the data revealed a number of key findings:
  • Collective giving member’s social networks were increasingly more diverse than non-collective giving donors.
  • Collective giving donors leveraged their diverse and experienced network more strategically for philanthropic advice (non-collective giving donors are more likely to receive giving advice from family members or close friends)
This is fantastic news! In an increasingly insular world, collective giving is an opportunity for us to build wider social networks.
Diverse influences guide us to better investment decisions on critical needs and help build stronger bonds with our community.
All the best,
Amy Inman
President and Proud Member
Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund
(Go to
The Women’s Philanthropy Institute
 to learn more about their research and partnership with the Collective Giving Research Group.)
Members of SOS bring valued skills, perspectives and talents that ensure our organization remains relevant and connected to our community. We rely on our active network of members to rotate leadership on our board.
If you would like to be considered for future leadership in SOS, please contact Gwen Wesley, Nominating Committee Chair,
Please visit our website and click on “
How to Get Involved
” for additional information.
Renew your membership for the 2019 Grant Season.
Annual payments must be received by March 15
to be counted in the 2019 Spirit Award Grants. If you are on a monthly payment plan, no action is necessary! Thank you for your support!
Powerful Women Together-
Changing America’s Communities
WCGN Event


5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4

Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Avenue
$15 includes wine and appetizers
Many SOS members registered for this event that was canceled because of snow.
If you registered previously, you are still on our registration list, and we hope you can attend on the new date. 
Paid registrations will roll over to the new date. 
If you have not registered but can attend on this new date, please register!
Join us to learn more about the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (now known as Catalist). We’ll highlight the WCGN
National Conference held October 21-23 in Philadelphia and hear from our members who attended.
Vicki Sheehan, an SOS board member and past president, will be our speaker. Vicki, the national WCGN Board Secretary, will provide a personal perspective on this amazing network of women who pool intellectual and financial capital for the common good.
Join us Friday, Dec. 14!
SOS Book Club
11:30 to 1 p.m. Dec. 14
Baked Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd, Ferguson Mo. 63135
Join us to discuss “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother,” a powerful book by James McBride.
In the book, which spent two years on the New York Time’s Bestseller list, McBride writes, “I wrote this book for my mother, and her mother, and mothers everywhere.”
SOS members Karen Kalish and Gretchen Curry look forward to leading the discussion.
Attendees will order off the restaurant menu for lunch. Contact Leslie Corey
Join Us In Celebrating the Holidays with SOS
SOS Holiday Coffee
9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7
Home of Susan Block, 232 N. Kingshighway #1701, St. Louis, Mo. 63108
Please join us as we celebrate the season and each other at our annual holiday gathering, graciously hosted by Susan Block.
The view from the 17th floor of the Chase is spectacular – only to be exceeded by the warmth of the conversation inside. This is a great time to introduce new women to SOS, so please bring friends!
There is no fee to attend this event, but RSVPs are required because guests must be checked in at the front desk of the Chase Residence.
Street parking is available along Maryland, but is limited. Free parking is available in the Chase Park Plaza garage off Maryland Avenue. Pick up a ticket at Susan’s to use with your ticket exit the garage.
id valet parking is also available at the main entrance of Chase Hotel. The Residences are to the north of the main entrance.
Bess Wilfong from Angel’s Arms will be the speaker at our annual holiday gathering.
Do You Want to Actively Participate in the Grant-making Process with SOS?
Sign Up to Join a Site Visit Team by Decembers 31!
Site visits provide the opportunity for SOS members to learn about local nonprofit organizations and interact with the staff, volunteers and service population at individual agencies.
Forty organizations have been selected for site visits in 2019 and SOS members will begin site visits in early February. If you would like to be a Team Leader, please contact Berta James at
To join a Site Visit Team, please go to
  • Under “Member” tab, click “Membership Login”
  • Click “Member Menu” and then “Join Committees”
  • Select the checkbox next to “Site Visit”
You must sign up every year even if you have served on a Site Visit Team in the past.
Grant Schedule – 2019:
  • January 25: Full grant proposals from selected nonprofits are due
  • February – March: Site Visit Teams meet to evaluate grant proposals
  • April 3: Site Team Leader Meeting  (3-5 p.m.) St. Louis Community Foundation Office
  • May 22: Grants are announced at the Spirit Award Ceremony
Girls Giving Announces 2018 Grant Recipients
This fall, 20 girls from area high schools met on Sundays for a program in planned grant giving. This year, the grants focused on organizations using entrepreneurial programs to enhance the lives of area youth in need.
This is the fifth year of Girls Giving, their grants to the community now total
Throughout the fall, various community women met with the girls to share their expertise.
Jane Tracy
, an SOS member and chair of the SOS Finance committee, shared her story of philanthropy.
Nancy Cambria
, on staff at Washington University’s Brown School, met with the girls and shared the latest research out from For the Sake of All (Health Equity Works). The research she shared showed how providing critical data inspires collaborative community action to improve systems for the health and well-being of St. Louisans.
Mary Jane Pieroni
, Director of Nonprofit Services for BDO, worked with the 990’s and budgets of each of the organizations receiving grants.
The grants given by Girls Giving this fall include:
Circus Harmony: $800
CreateALoop: $1100
St. Louis Artworks: $500
Girls Giving is looking for someone to take over – please contact Kathy Frost,
Do You Follow SOS on Facebook?
You can increase SOS’s exposure on Facebook by liking
our page
, commenting on our posts and sharing them in your own newsfeed. The more engagement we have on social media, the more people know about the impact our grantees are making in the community.
For any questions about Facebook, please contact Amy Garrison,
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Membership News & Upcoming events
New Member Spotlight:
Karen Ganschaw
The Membership committee is developing a new program called
“00 Class Agents”
– agents assigned to each class will contact members for updated personal information as well as send reminder emails before SOS events. Your Class Agent will be in touch soon!
December 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Powerful Women Together – Changing America’s Communities
Join us for an empowering evening as we learn about Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network from Vicki Sheehan, past SOS president & WCGN national board secretary. We’ll highlight the WCGN conference, & hear how this network of women powered philanthropy has invested $110 million in communities. We’ll also enjoy appetizers, desserts & wine.
December 7, 9 to 11 a.m.
Holiday Coffee
Home of Susan Block, 232 N. Kingshighway #1701, St. Louis, Mo. 63108.
Join us for our annual holiday gathering. Bess Wilfong of Angel’s Arms will be our speaker. Register
December 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
SOS Book Discussion
Baked Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd, Ferguson Mo. 63135
Join us to discuss “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother,” a powerful book by James McBride. Register