Giving thanks and giving back is what we do.  It has been a part of our makeup here at ROI Search Partners since the beginning.  We have had the honor to serve many local non-profits both in a volunteer capacity, and as clients, and often find that they have ongoing needs beyond the Holiday Season. 

All of these organizations hold a special place in our hearts. We want to take a few minutes to share a little about what they do and why they are special to us. We hope that you will consider keeping them in mind all year long when giving opportunities arise, whether that be monetary or through your time and talent.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases.

This organization is special to us as Jenny’s son Warren was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease six years ago.  Warren’s disease remains in remission due to the success of his ongoing treatment but it’s a source of worry for mom and so many others who are impacted by this disease. 

St. Louis Area Foodbank

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is working to create a stronger, healthier bi-state region where no one goes to bed hungry.  They serve communities across 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois by distributing food to more than 392,000 people every year.  Since opening in 1975, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has grown to become our region’s largest food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need.

This organization is special to us because no one should go to bed hungry.  Mark is a board member. 


Duo is a national not-for-profit organization providing highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities and uniquely trained therapy teams in the community, offering dignity, hope, and independence to those they serve.  Today, Duo opens the doors to independence to many n the St. Louis community by providing assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities, therapy dog services to at-risk and ill populations, reading assistance to area students, and educational programming to schools and businesses.

This organization is special to us because these highly trained dogs bring a degree of normalcy into the lives of children & people in need. Mark is on the board.

St. Patrick Center

St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability.

This organization is special to us because our homeless neighbors deserve respect, concern, care and a roof over their heads. Mark has been involved for 20+ years.


The Mission of Marygrove is to provide quality mental health services to severely disturbed children, young adults and their families who are economically disadvantaged.  With over 170 years of history, Marygrove has created and implemented a variety of programs – focused on providing a safe and nurturing environment where these children and young adults can heal and thrive. They do this through a family-like setting with professional caregivers, including licensed, Masters-level therapists, who create individualized programs.  Marygrove is one of the largest therapeutic residential treatment programs in Missouri and is a new beginning for the 200 children and young adults served each day.

This organization is special to us because of the important work they do in our community but also because we had the honor to be part of the search for their new Chief Development Officer this past year.  We were thrilled to place Kama Tate Gregory who was uniquely positioned to live out the mission of Marygrove and to continue to secure funding to support the needs of the St. Louis community.

Kingdom House (Now LifeWise STL)

Their mission is to help individuals and families achieve economic well-being by providing high-impact, relationship-based programming and by addressing systemic barriers to their success.  Their story began in 1902 when Kingdom House was founded as a settlement house to help the growing immigrant population of St. Louis. The organization has experienced its own metamorphosis as it adapted to meet the needs of participants in a changing environment. As LifeWise STL, they look forward to a future of helping the under-resourced improve their well-being and change their futures.

This organization is special to us because of their major focus on education, job sustainability and independence.  The volunteer program is organized leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and contribution to the community. 

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  Locally, Junior Achievement reaches more than 171,000 students per year in 7,668 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas.  These volunteers come from all walks of life, including: businesspeople, college students, parents and retirees and these dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization.

This organization is special to us because it provides a great introduction to business, and an opportunity to learn about potential careers.  41% of JA St. Louis Alumni credit JA with influencing their career choice. Mark is a former board member.

As always, we thank you for the trust you place in us as your talent partner and we wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Marcy, Julie, Jenny, Kristen and Mark