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United Way Leadership Society kicks off ‘Divine 9’ fundraising challenge


On Sept. 18, 2023, United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Charmaine Chapman Society kicked off the Divine 9 fundraising challenge.

The Charmaine Chapman Society has 600 members and is one of the largest Black philanthropic groups in the nation.

The Divine 9 challenge is designed to increase financial support for United Way’s annual campaign and celebrate Black Sorority’s and Fraternity’s continued commitment to service that ensures the St. Louis region is a better place to live, work and thrive.

Last year’s challenge raised a total of $354,000 and the winners were:

  1. Sorority = Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – $107,857
  2. Fraternity = Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – $53,273

This year’s Divine 9 co-chairs will be Francella Jackson and Cedric Mitchell. The fundraising challenge will run through Nov. 20, 2023.

This challenge will serve as an avenue to bring together members of the nine historically Black Sororities and Fraternities in the St. Louis region to support the community by pledging to the United Way Leadership level annual gift of $1,000 or more.

“Since 2001, I have supported United Way’s Charmaine Chapman Society because it serves as a tremendous vehicle that delivers a vast array of hope to people in need,” said Jackson. “I am looking forward to the competitive aspect of the challenge in that it creates a chance to come together with other Divine 9 organizations to raise money to amplify our support for United Way and contribute positively to our community.”

The money raised for United Way’s campaign will be used to support over 160 local nonprofits throughout the region that help the people they serve get access to essential needs, youth success, jobs and financial security, health and wellbeing, and community and crisis response. Thirty of the nonprofits served by United Way are led by Black CEOs or executive directors.

Those looking to support United Way by making a donation can visit

“The Charmaine Chapman Society has been one of the pillars of United Way’s philanthropic efforts in the community for a long time and we are so grateful for their leadership and support,” said Michelle Tucker, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “This Divine 9 challenge is a way for us to spark the spirit of cheerful giving amongst our philanthropic leaders who want to make a difference in the community. The great thing about this competition is that the community will win no matter what.”

About United Way of Greater St. Louis     

United Way of Greater St. Louis unites people, resources, and funding to help build strong and equitable communities across a 16-county region in Missouri and Illinois. United Way’s impact on the community includes equipping over 160 local nonprofits with vital funding and training resources, operating the largest Volunteer Center in the region, and connecting local neighbors to providers of services through its 211 Helpline. For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit  

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