The Opportunity Trust is funded by a diverse group of individuals, foundations, and corporations committed to transformative, system-level change over the medium and long-term. Every dollar invested in the organization locally has helped to leverage new, national funding, significantly increasing resources and support for educational change in St. Louis.

Investing in a Strategic Intermediary as a Change Agent

Sustained, system-level change only happens with the stewardship of effective, well-resourced nonprofit intermediaries that take a systemic view of a complex challenges, work across silos, are nimble and can adapt to new challenges and opportunities. This approach is vital to realizing change in St. Louis given our complex and fragmented landscape. Learn more about the principles of intermediaries and strategic philanthropy that have informed our approach:

John Kemper

President and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bank

Over time, our education systems will have the most bearing on St. Louis’ future as an economic hub and equitable community. We invest in The Opportunity Trust because transforming these systems in our city will require a sustained and coordinated approach that draws upon national best practices.

Our Investors

Businesses and Foundations

Individuals and Families

  • Beau and Suzy Brauer
  • John and Catherine Debs
  • Steve and Nancy Fox
  • Gilhuly Family Foundation
  • David and Kate Hatfield
  • Holly James
  • John and Mary Lemkemeier
  • Alicia McDonnell
  • John McDonnell
  • McDonnell Family Foundation
  • Walter and Cynthia Metcalfe
  • James and Anna McKelvey
  • Michael and Noémi Neidorff
  • Tom and JaMel Perkins
  • Emily Pulitzer
  • Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
  • Todd and Julie Schnuck
  • John and Sandra Thompson
  • Keith Williamson

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The Opportunity Trust invests in educators and school systems eager to build the capacity required to make significant and measurable change.

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