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

  • Newschool Venture Fund logo

Individuals and Families

  • Diane Nelson and John Atwater
  • Beau and Suzy Brauer
  • John and Catherine Debs
  • Egon and Abby Durban
  • Steve and Nancy Fox
  • Gilhuly Family Foundation
  • David and Kate Hatfield
  • Holly James
  • John and Mary Lemkemeier
  • Shannon Lyons
  • Alicia McDonnell
  • John McDonnell
  • Walter and Cynthia Metcalfe
  • James and Anna McKelvey
  • Michael Neirdorff
  • Tom and JaMel Perkins
  • Emily Pulitzer
  • George and Linnea Roberts
  • Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
  • Saunders Family Foundation
  • Todd and Julie Schnuck
  • John and Sandra Thompson
  • Greg and Lisa Wendt
  • 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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