2021 Spirit Awards video

Powered by a diverse group of women from nearly every corner of the St. Louis region, SOS has been a quiet but mighty force for change since 2006, delivering over $2.9 million in focused and informed grants to more than 91 small nonprofits throughout the community.

This year, due to the social distancing guidelines of Covid-19, the members and guests couldn’t gather in person to honor the SOS grantees for the upcoming year. Still, the joy was infectious as the names were announced. The philosophy that propels these “angel investors” is simple: they can do more together than on their own, pooling their resources for greater social impact.

Grant recipients recognized at the virtual Spirit Awards:

Multi-year grant recipient: St. Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective ($100,000 paid in three $33,333 installments, beginning in 2020)

Single-year grant recipients: Casa de Salud ($10,000), CHADS Coalition for Mental Health ($10,000), Dreams Builders 4Equity ($25,000), Eye Thrive ($25,000), GIRLS in the KNOW ($25,000), JOIN HANDS esl ($25,000), St. Francis Xavier ID Program ($14,000), St. Louis METRO MARKET ($24,000), The Collective Thread ($25,000)