Month: August 2021

Area Foundation Helps Unique College Accessibility Program Get Off The Ground

August 30, 2021 Comments Off on Area Foundation Helps Unique College Accessibility Program Get Off The Ground

By Kiko Martinez SAN ANTONIO — Kaylah Smith has always loved animals, specifically marine life. She spent many summers with her family at the ocean off the coast of South Carolina. She shares her affinity for sharks with her father. “I want to be a marine biologist and work with animals,” said Smith, 19. “I…

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Why I Started A Scholarship Fund With The Area Foundation

August 27, 2021 Comments Off on Why I Started A Scholarship Fund With The Area Foundation

By Edward D. Esparza SAN ANTONIO —  As the eldest of eight siblings and the first to graduate from college, I knew back during my days at Highlands High School in San Antonio that I would need scholarships to be able to go on to higher education.  I applied for a number of scholarships, including a…

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Investing In Our Youth Through Academic Success

August 27, 2021 Comments Off on Investing In Our Youth Through Academic Success

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO – Tiffany Padilla always dreamed of getting a college degree to reach her career goal of becoming a youth counselor. But following her father’s stroke a few years ago, which took a definitive toll on the family’s income, she knew she would have to find a way to pay for…

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To The Brink And Back: A Little Help Goes A Long Way

August 26, 2021 Comments Off on To The Brink And Back: A Little Help Goes A Long Way

By Jorge Corona NEW YORK CITY — The acceptance letter was effusive: “Congratulations! Welcome to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film MFA program!” As much as I welcomed that news, reality soon sunk in: I had a gargantuan financial challenge ahead of me if I was going to be able to take advantage of…

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Area Foundation Leader Wins Renaissance with the Stars 2021 and Supports Cause

August 24, 2021 Comments Off on Area Foundation Leader Wins Renaissance with the Stars 2021 and Supports Cause
Charity coins

By Angel Martinez SAN ANTONIO — “I’m Lisa Brunsvold, the VP of Development and Donor Services at the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAFDN). It’s been my privilege to work alongside the San Antonio Area African American Community Fund (SAAAACF),” said Lisa Brunsvold on the opening of her pre dance video that played as she walked onto…

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Top Fundraiser for SA’s Black Community Back in Action

August 19, 2021 Comments Off on Top Fundraiser for SA’s Black Community Back in Action

Renaissance with the Stars dance-off combines entertainment with philanthropy SAN ANTONIO — Only a global pandemic last year could put a stop to the decade-long run for one of the top annual fundraising events for the local African American community. Renaissance with the Stars, a local spinoff of the popular national TV show Dancing with the…

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All Together Now: Advocating For Older Adults Through Collective Impact

August 17, 2021 Comments Off on All Together Now: Advocating For Older Adults Through Collective Impact

By Hernán Rozemberg and Cecilia Martinez SAN ANTONIO — It doesn’t take long for anyone to realize that Jane Paccione is a bona fide force of nature. Her experience, knowledge and passion are just that palpable. Not only that, she also has just about the coolest job title one may have ever come across. Jane is…

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Area Foundation Grant Helps Save Domestic Violence Survivors

August 12, 2021 Comments Off on Area Foundation Grant Helps Save Domestic Violence Survivors

TW // sexual violence, domestic violence By Crystal Chandler SAN ANTONIO — Domestic violence, which threatens the lives of vulnerable victims and the healthy development of thousands of families, had already risen to alarming highs in 2018 and 2019.  As frontline responders during the pandemic, the Bexar County Family Justice Center (BCFJC) continued providing crucial…

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Hit The Dance Floor: Renaissance With The Stars Makes Triumphant Return

August 11, 2021 Comments Off on Hit The Dance Floor: Renaissance With The Stars Makes Triumphant Return
Renaissance 2019

By James Courtney SAN ANTONIO — Like so many annual events and fundraisers that light up San Antonio’s social and cultural landscape — often vital to their sponsoring organizations — Renaissance with the Stars is set to return to the Tobin Center Aug. 21, following a coronavirus-imposed year off. A key fundraising event for the San Antonio Area…

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Catchafire: Matching SA Nonprofits With Volunteer Experts

August 10, 2021 Comments Off on Catchafire: Matching SA Nonprofits With Volunteer Experts

By Kiko Martinez SAN ANTONIO — While looking at ways to support local nonprofits in their recovery efforts last year, the San Antonio Area Foundation joined other local funders to bring Catchafire to the San Antonio area for the first time. Since October 2020, five area funders – San Antonio Area Foundation, Social Venture Partners San Antonio,…

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