Types of Funds

We offer nine types of funds to meet your charitable goals. Choose the one that works best for you.

Acorn Fund

 From a tiny acorn, a mighty oak tree grows...
You can establish a fund with a minimum contribution of $2,500.  Make regular contributions growing the fund to $10,000 within five years. Once the fund reaches $10,000, the fund converts to one of the funds listed below and is able to make distributions to charitable organizations.

Designated Fund

Support one or more specific charitable organization(s) for a set period of time or in perpetuity. Should the designated organization, or the purpose it served, cease to exist, the fund’s income is redirected to maintain your charitable intent.

Discretionary Fund

You give the Area Foundation discretion to make grants in your name, addressing our community’s most pressing needs today and in the future.


Donor Advised Fund

You are fully involved in each step of the giving process. You recommend the charitable organization, the amount and timing of the grants. We handle the administrative duties, issue the grant awards and provide staff assistance with a range of donor services.

Field of Interest Fund

Support a broad area of charitable purpose, such as the arts, education, health and human services, animal services or other area. Funds are not tied to a specific charity. We fund the most effective organizations that serve your area of interest.

Agency Investment or Endowment Fund

The nonprofit functions as the donor and the beneficiary. Take advantage of the Area Foundation’s purchasing power, investment expertise and administrative resources with an agency investment fund. We offer a variety of balanced and diversified investment pools. Enjoy professional oversight and low investment fees. An agency endowment fund can generate a predictable stream of income for your operations and programs, creating sustainability that sends an important message to your community. An endowment fund is a permanent fund where the principal is never spent. Learn more about agency funds.

Scholarship Fund

You can impact a student’s life by providing scholarships for students to pursue their educational dreams. An individual, family, business or organization can establish a scholarship. You create the selection guidelines and the Area Foundation identifies eligible students, distributes the scholarships, handles all paperwork and documentation and ensures students continue to meet the criteria once enrolled in college.

Supporting Organization

A tax-wise alternative to a private foundation, these separate public charities are under the management of the Area Foundation. You can hire staff and convene a board, while enjoying tax and legal advantages not available to private foundations. We handle the administrative oversight, including IRS-mandated tax returns and annual audits. Learn more about supporting organizations »

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San Antonio, TX 78215

The San Antonio Area Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable goals for the greater benefit of the community.

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