Development Affinity Group

Development Affinity Group

Welcome to the St. Louis Development Affinity Group. This group is made up of various Development and Fundraising professions from organizations in the St. Louis area. The purpose of this group is to share ideas, best practices, and challenges associated with fundraising. Group membership is somewhat limited to organizations with budgets less than 10 million and smaller Advancement and Development staffs.

The group meets quarterly and hosted by various members at their organization offices. Topics are decided by the group as a whole and members are encouraged to bring and share resources regarding that meeting's discussion topic.

Each hosting member is responsible for inviting guests and facilitating the discussion topic.

For questions regarding the Development Affinity Group, please contact: Jan Wacker at (314) 776-9406 x 130 or Chris Munoz at (314) 669-9386.


Meetings and Meeting Resources

2022: 2nd Quarter: Wednesday, July 13. Location: TBD. Agenda Topic: Public Relations, Press Releases, Medial Protocol.

2021 4th Quarter: Wednesday, October 13th. Our Little Haven: 4316 Lindell Blvd.

Topic: Online Engagement

2021 3rd Quarter: Wednesday, July 14th. St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness Offices: 12015 Manchester Rd. Ste. 130.

Topic: Grants calendar and resources, local business grants and partners.

2021 2nd Quarter: Wednesday, May 12: Zoom

Topic: Current foundation/company grant environment.

2020 4th Quarter: Thursday, October 1, 2020 8:00 AM: Zoom Call: Link:

Topic: Addressing COVID through response options.

2020 2nd Quarter: Thursday, April 9, 2020. Location: TBD. Topic: Events.

2020 1st Quarter: Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 AM. Birthright St. Louis. 2525 S. Brentwood Blvd. Ste. 102. Hosted by Mary Jo O'Connell and Carrie Boser.

Topic: Corporate Giving

Meeting Notes: 1/20/2020


2019 2nd Quarter: May 16. Susan G. Koman: 1002 Hi-Pointe Place. Ste. 100 Hosted by: Suzanne Fontaine.

Topic: Board Development.

2019 3rd Quarter: CANCELLED July 18. Bev Rombach home in Webster.

Topic: Planned Giving

2019 4th Quarter: Thursday, September 19. Home of Bev Rombach: 1154 South Berry Road. 7:30 to 9:00 AM

Topic: Planned Giving Strategies.

Jan Wacker

Boys Hope Girls Hope STL

Chris Munoz

Our Little Haven

Rachel Bene

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Suzanne Fontaine

Brightside Creative

Jennifer March

Life Wise

Ben Nordstrom

St. Louis Children's Choirs

JJ Scarbrough

Kids Vision for Life St. Louis

Alison Thornton

Lung Cancer Connection

Melinda Pajares

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Gretchen Nichols

Boys Hope Girls Hope

John Fitzpatrick

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Ellen Cooper

Loyola Academy



MaryJo O'Connell



Criminal Justice Ministry

Susan Robben 314-966-7562

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Bev Rombach

Independent Consultant

Toni Schneider

Planned Parenthood

Thomas Casey

Criminal Justice Ministry

Carrie Boser

Birthright Counseling St. Louis

Travis Meyer

Roy Jefferson

My 180 Youth Program

Rebecca Keeven

Walker Hill

Good Shepherd Children & Family Services

Bailey Pashia

Metro Theater Company

Madeline Seefeldt

L'Arche St. Louis