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Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society

Our foundation is deeply embedded in the St. Louis community. In 1994, Dr. Donald Suggs, publisher of The St. Louis American, recognized that African-American leaders needed a voice in the philanthropic community in St. Louis. Over the last 26 years, Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society (CCS) has grown into the No. 1 philanthropic program for African Americans in the nation.

 

By answering the call to help their neighbors in need, CCS members make a difference every day throughout our region.

MEMBER BENEFITS

 

Your investment directly improves the lives of thousands of local people. As a Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society member, you’ll:

A CULTURE OF CARING

Our Society embodies a culture of caring and giving. We empower our members to lift up one another and answer the call to make St. Louis a better place to live for everyone. It’s a part of our culture that to whom much is given, much is expected.

A UNITED COMMUNITY

Our members are a community of individuals who make it their mission to be “a hand up” to others. Our Society focuses on fostering the next generation of African American leaders all while helping to make an impact in the St. Louis region.

A CONTINUED LEGACY

Charmaine Chapman was the first woman and first African American to head United Way of Greater St. Louis as its president and chief executive officer. During her tenure, she led the organization to some of its greatest fundraising successes. As our Society’s namesake, we continue to honor her dream of building a better community and her passion for helping people.

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Your dollars matter

$1,000

provides inhalers for 100 children with asthma

$2,000

provides emergency assistance for 5 families during a crisis

$5,000

provides job skills and training courses for 50 unemployed people to gain full-time employment

Member Criteria

Open to African Americans who support Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society's mission and make an annual pledge of $1,000 or more to United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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READY TO JOIN?

The annual membership commitment for the Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society is a $1,000 donation to help people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

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2020 Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Cabinet

 

2020 CHAIRS

Mark and Vivian Darrell, Spire Energy

 

CABINET MEMBERS

Lashanda Barnes, Citi

Adrian Bracy, YWCA

Carnecia Cole, Christian Hospital Northeast/Northwest

Christina Dancy, Edward Jones

Jill Dixon Young, Civic Leader

Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis

Kim Hawkins, US Bank

Francella Jackson, Village of Cahokia

Raegan Johnson, Spire Energy

Ann Marr, World Wide Technology, LLC

Nakeeta Miller, Ascension

Monica Stewart, People's Community Action Corporation

Brian Turner, Merrill Lynch

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Vondina Washington, Wells Fargo

Dara Webb, Civic Leader

Rick White, SSM Health

Anita White, Civic Leader

Past Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Chairs

2018-2019: Drs. Rick and Anita White

 

2016-2017: Keith Williamson and Ann Marr

 

2014-2015: Reuben and D’Anne Shelton

 

2012-2013: Brenda and Maurice Newberry

 

2010-2011: Richard Mark

 

2009: Michael and Gail Holmes

 

2007-2008: Lawrence E. Thomas and Deborah J. Patterson

 

2006: Lawrence E. Thomas

 

2004-2005: Johnny and Minga Furr

 

2002-2003: Arnold W. and Hazel Donald

 

2000-2001: David L. and Thelma E. Steward

 

1998-1999: John E. and Barbara S. Jacob

 

1997: Wayman F. Smith III

 

1996: David B. Price

 

1994-1995: Wayman F. Smith III

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