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Sinquefield Charitable Foundation gives
$2.5 million to Mizzou New Music Initiative

by Dean Minderman

The Sinquefield Charitable Foundation is continuing its support for the Mizzou New Music Initiative with a new gift of $2.5 million to fund MNMI’s operations for the next three years.

Announced by University of Missouri officials in a news conference on Thursday, February 21, the gift will support all of MNMI’s activities, including the costs of faculty and staff, graduate student assistantships, and two full-tuition scholarships per year for undergraduate composition majors; presenting the Mizzou International Composers Festival; bringing guest composers and performers to campus; funding the Sinquefield Composition Prize; and more. The University will match the $300,000 portion designated for undergraduate student scholarships, increasing the amount to a grand total of $600,000.

Speakers at the gift announcement event included Mizzou chancellor Alexander Cartwright; Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation; Pat Okker, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; and Julia Gaines, director of the School of Music. The presentation also included video testimonials from Mizzou composition alumni Grant Fonda, Stephanie Berg and Trey Makler, talking about the opportunities they’ve gained from being part of MNMI.

A brief slide show of photos from the past ten years featured some numbers quantifying what MNMI has done during that time, noting that 70 students have received full scholarships and assistantships; 505 pieces of new music have been performed or created by Mizzou composers; and 164 guest composers and performers of new music have visited campus, including three Pulitzer Prize winners and four Grammy Award winners.

Attendees also enjoyed a performance of sophomore composition major Jack Snelling’s “Stream of Consciousness” (pictured), conducted by the composer and performed by flutist Jane Wang, clarinetist Tricia Carver-Horner, and pianist Danny Singh.

The event was reported in a feature story in the Columbia Missourian, and also got coverage from KOMU, the Columbia Daily Tribune, and various other media outlets around the state. You can see the entire gift announcement event in the embedded video player below.

February 2019
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Sinquefield Invention Lab now open
at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation

by Dean Minderman


The Sinquefield Invention Lab and Training Center at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation is officially open.

Owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council and built with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the 6,000-square-foot facility (pictured) is designed to provide Scouts and students from across Missouri with an opportunity to work with technology and become inventors and entrepreneurs for life.

Sitting on a bluff-top overlooking the Lake at the 44-mile marker, the Invention Lab currently houses laptop computers, 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC routers, embroidery machines, Scan-n-Cut machines, littleBits, soldering equipment, with woodworking tools and materials in a program building nearby.

More equipment, including vinyl printers and multimedia software, will be added later. In addition to providing access to a variety of tools, the lab also will offer instruction on leadership, business, creativity, and sustainability.

It will serve as the flagship of a new pilot program called Invention Scouts, and also will be available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, students, and adults from across Missouri.

“We want to help Scouts, students, and adults to make their ideas come to life,” said Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. “Becoming an inventor and an entrepreneur is so much more than just technology. It’s also about understanding business, manufacturing and production, leadership, marketing, creativity, and most importantly, how we can use what we learn to serve the community.”

The Great Rivers Council (GRC) is the first council in the Boy Scouts of America to own and operate an Invention Lab and to offer Invention Scouts, a pilot program designed to inspire scouts to become inventors and entrepreneurs for life.

Invention Scouts is coeducational, so young men and women ages 11-21 can join, and no prior scouting experience is required.

Merit badge instruction currently includes entrepreneurship, inventing, woodwork, radio, engineering, game design, electronics, sustainability, model design and building, sculpture, and graphic arts.

Drew Wood, the Invention Lab’s Summer Camp Director, said, “In the lab we provide the opportunity for Scouts to use equipment they may have never seen before. We give them time to use their creative juices to design and create brand new things. They are challenged through merit badge requirements and competitions.”

“We are very proud to open the Invention Lab this summer to our Scouts in camp,” said Doug Callahan, Scout Executive of Great Rivers Council. “It will become a resource for local community youth as well as attract Scouts from other states to learn the business of invention.”

The Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 33 counties in central and north east Missouri and serves over 5,000 young people in 250 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts. Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation is Missouri’s premiere destination Boy Scout Camp serving Scouts in the Great Rivers Council, throughout Missouri, and neighboring states.

You can learn more about the Sinquefield Invention Lab and the Invention Scouts program at

July 2017
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at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation

Sinquefields help to found St. Louis Gift Pledge campaign

by Dean Minderman

Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield are among the founders of the St. Louis Gift Pledge, a new campaign to encourage successful St. Louisans to make a significant gift of at least $1 million to a St. Louis charitable organization during their lifetime or in their will.

Sponsored by the St. Louis Community Foundation, the campaign’s goal is to publicize local giving and encourage more people to support St. Louis through philanthropy. In asking a group of St. Louisans to come forward with their intentions to give $1 million or more, the St. Louis Gift Pledge aims to inspire others to take action; to bring together those who value the impact St. Louis has had on their lives, and want to give back to our community; and to promote open conversations about philanthropy in the St. Louis area.

“Giving is something you do, and we’ve always made a point of supporting charities,” said Jeanne Sinquefield in a profile of the couple on the St. Louis Gift Pledge website. “It’s always been part of our budget, and the only thing that has changed over the years is how much there is to give.”

As noted in the profile, the Sinquefields support major St. Louis institutions like the St. Louis Symphony, the Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum, and St. Louis University, and also have developed and funded innovative projects based on their personal interests, such as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Other local organizations that already have benefited from the philanthropy of St. Louis Gift Pledge participants include COCA, College Bound, Contemporary Art Museum, Craft Alliance, Fontbonne University, Forest Park Forever, Jazz at the Bistro, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation, Jewish Food Pantry, KDHX Radio, Lift for Life Academy, St. Louis Zoo, The Sheldon, Washington University, and Webster University.

For more information about the St. Louis Gift Pledge, visit their website at

August 2016
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