Divine 9 Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Divine 9 Challenge! We are so excited to announce that the Challenge raised $385,000*!

*This number reflects the total amount raised through the D9 Challenge. In some cases, household gifts were counted in more than one Sorority’s or Fraternity’s totals.

This year’s winners are:


Delta Sigma Theta


Alpha Kappa Alpha


Sigma Gamma Rho


Zeta Phi Beta



Alpha Phi Alpha


Kappa Alpha Psi


Omega Psi Phi


Phi Beta Sigma


Iota Phi Theta


About the challenge

The 2023 Challenge was co-chaired by Francella Jackson (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Delta Omega Chapter) and Cedric Mitchell (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Chi Chapter). 

Contributions through the Divine 9 Fundraising Challenge ensure United Way’s Safety Net Agencies impact more than a million neighbors annually, including 350,000 Black individuals – real lives touched by CCS and Divine 9’s generosity!  

 Contributors at the Leadership Giving level ($1,000+) gain access to exclusive networking events while supporting 160+ local nonprofits, including 30 led by Black CEOs. They also received an invitation to our annual Charmaine Chapman Society event and special recognition by name in the St. Louis American and East St. Louis Monitor. 

Presented by

Step-up to leadership giving

The Regional Business Council Step Up Program allows donors to “step-up” to the Leadership Giving Level over the course of three years while still receiving full recognition and benefits of membership throughout the time enrolled in the program. This program is open to women and people of color. 


Contact Emily Spaugh at Emily.Spaugh@stl.unitedway.org.