Organizational Membership

Corporate membership fees contribute more than 25 percent of our annual revenue. They enable us to provide the citizens of this region with a window on the world and to sponsor programs that promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in global matters.

Your sponsorship makes the following possible:

  • Ambassador Forums and speaker series

The Council sponsors 10-12 member/guest programs throughout the year, including Ambassador Forums, where the World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts ambassadors from strategic countries to the United States.  The most recent ambassador was from Mexico on Oct. 25, 2017, and the event was attended by more than 300.  We are in discussions with the ambassadors from several key countries, including Canada,  Haiti, and Pakistan.  The remaining programs feature panels, authors, government representatives, U.S. and foreign dignitaries, cultural dinners and a variety of additional international related events.

At each of these events, our members have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the invited guests and to network with their peers.

  • The Gateway Globes, including the 8th Annual International Humanitarian of the Year award

The “International Humanitarian of the Year” (IHOY) Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the top global organizations and individuals in our community.  Your membership helps us recognize the region’s leaders and inspire the community to engage internationally.

  • Foreign Policy Association’s (FPA) “Great Decision” Series

Every year the FPA selects and develops materials on eight critical and timely challenges to U. S. foreign policy. The briefing books and video they produce do an excellent job of discussing each issue thoroughly and with balance.  On eight successive Thursdays beginning March 8, 2018 and ending April 26, 2018, we will offer moderated discussions of the current year’s  “Great Decision” topics. These sessions at the Ethical Society in Clayton have become a tradition and are widely attended by members and non-members in our area; everyone is welcome. Your membership helps us offer this series free of charge.

  • 16th Annual High School International Knowledge Competition: World Quest
    In November, 120 students competed in an evening showcasing international knowledge The first place team from Holt High School will represent St. Louis in a national competition, April 28, 2018, in Washington, DC. Your membership helps us promote international studies and build a more informed, engaged community. 
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

We serve as the regional host for the International Visitor Leadership Program, the State Department’s premier professional exchange program. This program seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. In our role, we host approximately 200 international visitors per year from all around the globe who are chosen by our embassies. During their stay in St. Louis, we arrange professional development, cultural activities, and home hospitality opportunities tailored to each group.  When visitors are seeking destinations on specialized topics, our members are among those chosen first.

With your membership, you support the Council in making our programs possible and in our mission of Connecting St. Louis to the World.

  • If you are interested in learning more about our corporate sponsorships, please contact Mr. Robert Foster at 314.727.9988 or provide the following:

    AMBASSADOR FORUM SERIES “PRINCIPAL” SPONSOR ($10,000)

  • One corporate representative and nine associate memberships
  • Sponsorship recognition on Council letterhead, promotional materials and during events
  • Private meetings with visiting dignitaries upon request
  • Timely program announcements
  • Member pricing for all events
  • Six seats reserved for Corporate Leadership Breakfasts
  • Six complimentary guest admissions to any Council program (excluding fundraisers)
  • Four Outreach to Schools visits in your company’s name

AMBASSADOR ($3,500 – $5,500)

  • One corporate representative, fourteen associate memberships and twenty informational memberships
  • Sponsorship recognition on Council letterhead, promotional materials and during events
  • Private meetings with visiting dignitaries upon request
  • Timely program announcements
  • Member pricing for all events
  • Six seats reserved for Corporate Leadership Breakfasts
  • Six complimentary guest admissions to any Council program (excluding fundraisers)
  • Four Outreach to Schools visits in your company’s name

    PATRON ($2,400)

  • One corporate representative, nine associate memberships and twenty informational memberships
  • Sponsorship recognition on Council promotional materials and at events
  • Opportunities to host and co-sponsor visiting dignitaries
  • Timely program announcements
  • Member pricing for all events
  • Four seats reserved for Corporate Leadership Breakfasts
  • Four complimentary guest admissions to any Council program (excluding fundraisers)
  • Two Outreach to Schools visits in your company’s name

    SPONSOR ($1,300)

  • One corporate representative, five associate memberships and ten informational memberships
  • Sponsorship recognition on Council promotional materials
  • Timely program announcements
  • Member pricing for all events
  • Two seats reserved for Corporate Leadership Breakfasts
  • Two complimentary guest admissions to any Council program (excluding fundraisers)
  • One Outreach to Schools visit in your company’s name

    ACADEMIC (Single School — $400; School District – $1,200)

  • One corporate representative and three associate memberships for one school
  • One corporate representative and six associate memberships for one school district
  • Timely program announcements
  • Member pricing for all events

    SUPPORTER (Non-profit or for profit with ten employees or less – $650)

  • One corporate representative and three associate memberships
  • Sponsorship recognition on Council promotional materials
  • Timely program announcements
  • Member pricing for all events

Pay by mail to 812 Olive Street, Suite 110, St. Louis MO 63101  or by Paypal.