The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis is a non-profit political organization that relies on membership dues and fundraising to fulfill our mission of educating and empowering voters. An easy way to support the League is to choose LWV of Metro St. Louis on AmazonSmile.com.
Join the Next 100 Years Club
Our League was founded Nov. 13, 1919. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the League and the 19th Amendment, many League members joined the 100th Anniversary Hundred Dollar Club.
Members are encouraged to give a $100 annual tax-deductible donation to support our work in the next 100 years. Watch for more information soon.
We know that you want to support the many valuable organizations doing good work in our communities! So, we've made supporting the League easy with a monthly giving option which helps us to balance our budget, or a one-time giving option. All donations are needed and appreciated!
Click the dropdown menu below to see our giving levels. You do not need to have a Paypal account to give online. Choose checkout in the payment gateway (instead of Paypal Checkout). You may also send a check to LWVMSTL at 8706 Manchester Rd., Suite 104, St. Louis, MO 63144.
We honor and appreciate your generous choice to give a tax-deductible donation! Charitable donations are tax-deductible in 2020 even for taxpayers who don't itemize.
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All donations to the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis are tax deductible as donations to a 501(c)3 public charity. A receipt will be sent to your email address if you give online, or your mailing address if you send a gift to our office.
Throughout the first 100 years of the League of Women Voters, bequests large and small have played a critical role in providing for the League’s immediate needs and inspiring Leagues to undertake new projects and challenges.
A gift to the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis qualifies for a federal estate tax deduction and will support the League’s voter service and citizen education. A bequest can be an ideal way to honor a loved one or to support particular League activities in perpetuity.
Including the League in your will can be as simple as adding a codicil or amendment to your current will. The following is suggested language for your lawyer to use to draft a bequest to the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis.
“I bequeath to the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, a charitable trust formed in the State of Missouri, with offices at 8706 Manchester Road, Suite 104, St. Louis, MO 63144, (specify gift amount or property).”
If you would like to specifically support certain League activities, you can specify that the gift is to be used for those activities of the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis. The gift will be transferred to the St. Louis League’s account to be used for the appropriate purposes.
Contact: Jean Dugan, ExecutiveDirector [at] lwvstl.org
Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first league convention voted 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation. Among them were protection for women and children, right of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship.The League's first major national legislative success was the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs. In the 1930's, League members worked successfully for enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts. Due at least in part to League efforts, legislation passed in 1938 and 1940 removed hundreds of federal jobs from the spoils system and placed them under Civil Service.
During the postwar period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. Participation. The League was one of the first organizations in the country officially recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization; it still maintains official observer status today.
The St. Louis League is one of the oldest in the nation and originally consisted of many chapters throughout the St. Louis area. In an effort to bring all of these diverse groups together, the county chapters merged into a singular League of Women Voters of St. Louis County. However the city and county chapters remained separate. In 1986 the The St. Louis City and St. Louis County League of Women Voters came together at the St. Louis Women's Club to form one united league, the League of Women Voters of St. Louis, thus marking a truly historic moment in the life of one of the oldest Leagues in the country. The name was changed to The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis in 2015.
What Will My Support Do?
Your support will allow the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis to continue the vital work of citizen education and advocacy.
Citizen Education and Advocacy looks like:
- The League of Women Voters going to every naturalization ceremony to register new citizens to vote.
- Speaking throughout our region on ISSUES in a non-partisan, fact based manner.
- Creating a non-partisan Voter's Guide at every election cycle and working with the St. Louis Post Dispatch to distribute over 300,000 copies to Metro St. Louis citizens
- Testifying on behalf on members and citizens to legislative committees.
- Taking collaborative action with community agencies on issues the League holds a position on through community organizing, education, and legal recourse when necessary.
- Contributing fact-based, non-partisan moderation at candidate forums in all elections, from school board to mayoral.