Sustained Impact Campaign

The Arch Grants Sustained Impact Campaign supports a community-funded endowment that ensures that our unique and effective model can both grow in scale year-over-year and that we can continue to fund extraordinary entrepreneurs and their innovative companies in perpetuity. This effort is the next bold step in our organization’s growth and proclaims to the world that St. Louis is committed to supporting entrepreneurs for the long-term – the best is yet to come for our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Donors who contribute to Arch Grants’ Sustained Impact Campaign help catalyze a virtuous cycle of economic development and community building that will meaningfully benefit the St. Louis economy for generations to come.

Join us in building the future of St. Louis.

The Sustained Impact Campaign Multiplier Effect

attract & retain entrepreneurs

Funding for new Arch Grants Founders in perpetuity will grow the pipeline for entrepreneurial mentors, talent and local investors. The companies that our endowment funds will become the future business, civic and philanthropic leaders of St. Louis.

build growth grants program

Every startup needs capital to grow and scale their operations. Arch Grants’ new Growth Grants program is designed to help our Founders raise growth capital by awarding additional $100,000 non-dilutive grants to Arch Grants portfolio companies based in St. Louis.

Accelerate Economic Development

Our region becomes a more attractive market for venture capitalists and outside investors as St. Louis is now the first city in the U.S. to make a permanent commitment to funding and supporting entrepreneurs.

As Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis, I saw firsthand what pulls young people away from the city after they graduate, and also saw what is successful in making them stay. Arch Grants represents exactly the type of activity that we need to grow our region, and their impressive statistics speak for themselves. This Campaign will solidify Arch Grants as a major contributor to St. Louis’ future economic success. We need to continue to look for new ways to uplift Arch Grants companies and increase the multiplier effect that generates wealth creation at an unprecedented pace and scale.”

Mark S. Wrighton, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Emeritus

Sustained Impact Campaign Co-Chair

Honorary Campaign

maxine clark

amb. Sam Fox

Jerry Kent

John McDonnell

suzanne sitherwood

michael staenberg

Our Sustaining Donors



Centene Charitable Foundation

Robert Guller & Kellie Hynes

John & Anne McDonnell

Jerry & Sue Schlichter


Eric & Amy Holland

Kent Family Foundation

Michael & Carol Staenberg

Steward Family Foundation & World Wide Technology


Claudia & Joe Bartholomew

Carol & George Bauer

Sandra & Michael Bolen

Mark & Susan Bronson

Roger C. Denton

O’Loughlin Family Foundation

Twain Financial Partners

Mark S. Wrighton & Risa Zwerling


Big River Communications

Brave Warrior Advisors

Cabot Corporation *In Honor of Mark S. Wrighton*

Marie & Mark Carlie

Pradip Das

Dowd & Dowd P.C.

John Driscoll

Laurna Godwin & Sam Hutchinson

Tom Keefe

J. Gregory Keller

Joe & Annie Schlafly

Flora & Mark Stallion

Washington University in St. Louis *In honor of Jerry & Sue Schlichter*

Susan & Nelson Wolff

Elizabeth Zucker

Campaign Steering Committee

Carl Bouckaert

Marie Carlie

David Dankmyer

robert guller

joe schlafly

jerry schlichter


Mark S. Wrighton


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We champion extraordinary entrepreneurs to create positive change – for St. Louis and for the world. Talk to us about how you can get involved.