Our Mission The San Antonio Area Foundation serves as your most trusted and impactful philanthropic partner.

Our Values

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We invest in continuous learning and personal development.

We exceed expectations in our service to others.

We do our best. We do it right. We do it now.

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We work with humility, energy, and joy.

We explore and embrace new ideas.

We value and celebrate one another.

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We are honest, trustworthy and transparent.

We honor our donor’s wishes.

We are accountable for everything we do. 

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We collaborate to serve and build community.

We invest to create positive change.

We practice inclusion & diversity. 

Helping the community

Making an impact:

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Our History

2020: Fifty-six years of Area Foundation history

The faces of our more than fifty-year history represent remarkable generosity and impact. Since our founding in 1964, we have adapted and grown, but our work with donors to address the San Antonio area’s needs through grants, programs, scholarships and training has remained constant.

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1964: San Antonio Area Foundation Established with Honorarium Gift

Mannie Goldsmith sought to create a memorial to his brother, Nat, to honor his wisdom, compassion, and love for San Antonio. With guidance from Nat’s son, Richard E. Goldsmith, Mannie made a gift of $100,000 payable in $10,000 a year for 10 years that ultimately established the San Antonio Area Foundation.

1978: First Major Gift Received

A $2.9 million bequest from Semp Russ was the turning point in the Area Foundation's young history.

1981: First Paid Executive Director Hired

Katherine Netting Folbre 

1996: Assets Reach $50 million

The Area Foundation reached a first with $50 million in assets.

2000: Assets Reach $100 Million

The Area Foundation reached another major financial milestone with $100 million in assets.

2020: Assets Surpass $1 Billion Mark

Through a transformational gift from an anonymous donor, the Area Foundation surpassed $1 billion in assets under management. The new gift will double the scholarships awarded to deserving students starting in the 2021-2022 school year!

What is a Community Foundation?