Time, talent, and treasure are the three Ts that non-profits need to accomplish their missions.
Treasure is the simplest to define. Simply put, it is donating dollars and writing checks. But many of us do not have the deep pockets to continually be writing checks to nonprofits that we deem necessary and valuable to the community.
Think about where else you’ve seen volunteers. Picture yourself there!
What did we miss? If you have a favorite way to give we haven’t mentioned, email us so we can share more ideas with our members!
Consistent with current national trends in philanthropy, SOS has received numerous requests for general operating support this grant cycle. Grants for general operating support sustain and strengthen the overall mission of a nonprofit. This is especially timely given the uncertainty and many challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic and its aftermath.
SOS also welcomes project/program and capacity-building support requests. Capacity-building support strengthens the development of an organization’s core skills and capabilities, such as leadership, management, finance/fund-raising, programs, and evaluation, in order to build the organization’s effectiveness and sustainability.
When Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore for possessing an “illegal knife” in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts, treated “roughly” as police loaded him into a vehicle. Gray would end up in a coma he would never recover from.
In the wake of a long history of police abuse in Baltimore, this killing felt like a final straw–it led to five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising that set the entire city on edge.
Wes Moore is one of Baltimore’s 39 most famous sons–a Rhodes Scholar, bestselling author, decorated combat veteran, White House fellow, and President of the Robin Hood Foundation. While attending Gray’s funeral, he saw the city come together: grieving mothers; members of the city’s wealthy elite; activists–all looking to comfort each other, but also looking for answers.
Moore tells the story of these five days through his own observations, and through the eyes of seven other Baltimoreans: Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing account and looks at the deeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath.
Join us to discussion this powerful book.
On March 15th we heard from a panel of experts on Mass Incarceration: A System of Oppression with New Hope for Reform.
Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney spoke about the reforms his office has put into place.
Samantha Stangl, the Data Analyst in Wesley Bell’s office talking points were:
Shawntelle Fisher, an SOS Member and former Grantee, shared her inspiring story of how she founded The SoulFishers Ministries. Shawntelle introduced Jacquelyn who was formerly incarcerated and helped by The SoulFishers Ministries.
Attend the ballot fair and hear about the nominated organizations so you can make informed choices and learn about our new voting system, Electionbuddy.
ElectionBuddy makes voting easier and provides resources to learn even more about the ballot nominees so you can vote with confidence.
VOTE • VOTE • VOTE • VOTE • VOTE • VOTE
Remember to VOTE April 14th until April 30th.
Watch your email to register for our Virtual Ballot Fair
Congratulations to several SOS grantees!
Check out this link to What’s Right With the Region
It is an impressive acknowledgment to be nominated and selected from a panel of judges assembled by Focus St Louis.
Check out this link for information on the Rescue American Plan
If you pay dues annually, March 15 is the stated deadline for renewing your membership. But in this year of Covid, it seemed appropriate to provide a little relief – if your dues are received by April 15, those dollars will be included in this year’s grant funding and you’ll be eligible to vote in the ballot fair. We’ve got an outstanding slate of agencies that need SOS’s support this year, so please don’t miss the opportunity to play your part in this important effort.
Renew your membership today by paying online at:
Do not make online payments between March 31 – April 4, due to a change in Community Foundation’s payment processor.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Send a check payable to Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund in the amount of $1200 to:
St. Louis Community Foundation
#2 Oak Knoll Park
St Louis, MO 63105
Contributions to SOS are eligible for charitable tax deductions as permitted by IRS regulations.