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SLPO History

St. Louis Philanthropic Organization (SLPO) Board was formed in 1984 as a result of a civil lawsuit won against the cable companies by the City of St. Louis.

SLPO was organized as a philanthropic non-profit to distribute charitable, benevolent, educational, civic and cultural funds to organizations conducting programs aimed to further health, education and social welfare programs in the City of St. Louis.  

In 2015 the board held a Strategic Planning retreat that resulted in the development of these Guiding Principles: 1.) Impact Focused 2.) Community Created 3.) Commitment 4.) Accountability 5.) Equity and 6.) Respect.

$300,000 in grants were awarded to non-profit organizations in 2019; SLPO awarded $331,246 in 2020. The maximum grant awarded was up to $10,000. It marked the 35th year of annual grants being awarded. SLPO also sponsored ten (10) grant awardees to attend the St. Louis Racial Equity Summit as a capacity building initiative.

The year 2019 marked the 35th year of annual grants being awarded, with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. In that year, $300,000 in grants was awarded to nonprofit organizations. This year, the SLPO awarded $331,246 during the 2020 Responsive Grants cycle. And in October, four organizations received a special one-time grant of $2,500, for a total of $10,000, to support their efforts in helping St. Louis City residents navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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