October 2019 Newsletter
Kicking Off a Year of Giving, Growth & Camaraderie
On Thursday, September 19, more than 70 Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund members and guests gathered for its annual Kickoff event at the St Louis Artists’ Guild.
Kristy Klein Davis, vice president of Strategy and Learning for Missouri Foundation for Health, was the special guest and speaker for the evening.
Klein Davis shared the state of Missouri’s healthcare, focusing on women’s health within our region. Infant and maternal mortality rates, reproductive healthcare access, and the effects of gun violence on victims who are women were some of the critical issues covered.
SOS members were also treated to a sneak-peak of “Beyond the Surface”, a textile art exhibit presented by the Surface Design Association (SDA).
Members enjoyed camaraderie and indulged in delectable bites from The Art of Entertaining. The event was educational, social, and fun!
Every year, SOS hosts several educational and members events as well as book discussions covering the topics in areas which SOS focuses giving.
If you would like to learn more about the SOS Calendar of Events please go to https://spiritstlwomensfund.org/events/
We encourage all members to join us for these wonderful opportunities to get to know each other and our community better.
Welcome New Members to SOS!
Welcome new members to the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund!
A big SOS welcome to you all!
Clare Higgins Siegel
100 Years of Making Post-Secondary Education Possible
SOS Annual Holiday Coffee
Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Home of Susan Block, Chase Park Plaza Residences, 232 North Kingshighway Boulevard, Unit #1701, St. Louis, Mo. 63108
Info: The holidays are the best time of year to connect with old friends, and welcome new ones into your life! Join us on December 6th to celebrate the holidays with fellow SOS members and guests at our Annual Holiday Coffee.
Enjoy delicious appetizers, coffee, and great conversation at the gorgeous home of member Susan Block in the Chase Park Plaza Residences. You’ll also learn how our first multi-year SOS grant had an impact on Lydia’s Ladle from Lydia’s House Executive Director Karen Kirk. Guests are encouraged, as this is a wonderful time to introduce someone new to SOS.
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. Registration will open soon.
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 when you exit the garage. Paid valet parking is also available at the main entrance of Chase Hotel. The Residences are to the north of the main entrance.
Demystifying Nonprofit Tax Statements
Date: January 13, 2020
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Buckingham Asset Management, 8 182 Maryland Ave Suite 500, Clayton, MO 63105
Cost: $10 per person.
Info: Understand how to evaluate an agency’s Form 990 as well as further your expertise as a philanthropist by understanding how a nonprofit is financially performing.
Recommended for site visit team members, especially those new to the process. Learn about the important line items that give a clear picture of a nonprofit organization’s financial health.
Registration will open soon. This is a members-only event.
GRANT COMMITTEE UPDATE
The 2019-2020 Grant Application Process is Underway!
- A record 213 Letters of inquiry (LOI) were received by the September 27th deadline (includes 6 for multi-year grant)
- 60 SOS members are working in small teams to carefully review each LOI
- An estimated 40 agencies will be invited to submit full grant applications for single year funding requests in January
- All full grant applicants will be visited by SOS site visit teams in February and March
- Ballot Fair for SOS members at the St. Louis Community Foundation is on April 15
- SOS Annual Meeting and Spirit Awards is on May 20
SOS members will be asked later this fall to sign up to participate in site visit teams. Please join us!
This is an excellent way to learn about the important work of small community nonprofits and get to know your SOS sisters.
A Little More From One of Our Members
“We all have many organizations that we directly support. SOS does something different, allowing members to gather money together, and make a much more powerful impact on the organizations supported. The vetting process is thorough and funds are put to very good use, helping organizations that may not otherwise receive funding.”
SOS BOOK CLUB UPDATE
On the evening of October 23, 16 SOS members gathered at the home of Kathy Pope for wine, appetizers and a wonderful discussion around the themes of the book Educated by Tara Westover.
Please join us for our next book discussion on January 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to discuss The Moment of Lift – How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates.
SOCIAL MEDIA CORNER
DOUBLE-0 AGENTS – KEEPING MEMBERS CONNECTED
SOS “00” Agents are your class liaisons. (Your “class” is the year you joined SOS!)
Here is a list of YOUR 00 Agent by year:
- 2006, 2007 Felice Joyce, Vicki Sheehan, Gwen Wesley, Kathy Frost
- 2008 Leslie Corey firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2009-2010 Pat Allen email@example.com
- 2011-2012 Joni Karandjeff firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2013 Elveeta Macon email@example.com
- 2014 Cathy Carney firstname.lastname@example.org & Berta James email@example.com
- 2015 Lee Anne Quatrano firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2016 Sue Rector email@example.com
- 2017 Nina Needleman, firstname.lastname@example.org, Nancy Garvey, email@example.com
- 2018 Barbara Summers firstname.lastname@example.org, Jan Kosmal email@example.com,
- 2019 Ally Melvin firstname.lastname@example.org, Marianne Baer email@example.comPlease contact us if you’d like to know who your Agent is, or you have a great idea for a get-together!