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Taking It From The Top: Diverse Cohort Completes Area Foundation Executive Leadership Program

December 20, 2021 Comments Off on Taking It From The Top: Diverse Cohort Completes Area Foundation Executive Leadership Program

By Cecilia Martinez SAN ANTONIO — Congratulations to this year’s slate of local CEOs and senior-level managers for completing this year’s HOLT Advanced Leadership Program!  This year’s 28-member cohort was the largest and most diverse group in the program’s five-year run. Participants completed assessments to identify their behavioral styles, understand how they manage conflict and…

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Donors In Focus: Former Scholarship Recipient & Board Member Lissa Martinez Leads By Example

December 20, 2021 Comments Off on Donors In Focus: Former Scholarship Recipient & Board Member Lissa Martinez Leads By Example

By Jade Esteban Estrada SAN ANTONIO — It’s a quiet Thursday afternoon when a bespectacled Lissa Martinez, an investor and entrepreneur, appears on my computer screen. She’s in her home office. A poster about tree planting is hanging on a partition behind her.  Martinez, who served for two terms on the Board of Directors of…

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A Celebration of SA heARTS: San Antonio Chamber Choir Stays In Tune

December 9, 2021 Comments Off on A Celebration of SA heARTS: San Antonio Chamber Choir Stays In Tune

By Roland Barrera SAN ANTONIO — The closing line to the popular poem “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman goes thusly: Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs. These poetic words help to support the reason why through exquisite music and innovative programming, the San Antonio Chamber Choir (SACC) elevates the spirit, enlightens the mind and nurtures the…

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Donors In Focus: Richard Goldsmith Planted The Seed For San Antonio’s Philanthropic Bastion

December 6, 2021 Comments Off on Donors In Focus: Richard Goldsmith Planted The Seed For San Antonio’s Philanthropic Bastion

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — He walks around from one end to another of his home office, pointing out family portraits in one corner, then pivoting to stacked bookshelves filled with historical documents in another. Outside, his welcoming and ornate backyard has various neat piles of trimmed tree branches – fruit of his labor over…

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Area Foundation Supports Making San Antonio Safer & Accessible Through Cycling

December 1, 2021 Comments Off on Area Foundation Supports Making San Antonio Safer & Accessible Through Cycling

By Travis E. Poling SAN ANTONIO — In May 2019, cyclists, civic leaders and government officials assembled for the launch of a bicycle safety awareness initiative called Live 2 Ride. While the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic slowed the rollout of fundraising and programs, the effort has gathered steam in recent months. The undertaking is a partnership of…

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Donors In Focus: Christina “Ommy” Strauch Helped Institute Area Foundation’s Sound Business Acumen

November 23, 2021 Comments Off on Donors In Focus: Christina “Ommy” Strauch Helped Institute Area Foundation’s Sound Business Acumen
Christina “Ommy” Strauch

By Blithe Wiley SAN ANTONIO — Former longtime San Antonio Area Foundation Board Member Christina “Ommy” Strauch first became familiar with the philanthropic organization in the 1990s when she was a human resources executive at Valero Energy Corporation.  During that time, the Area Foundation occupied office space in the Valero building and Strauch was impressed by the…

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Chairman In Charge: Gen. Hill Leads Area Foundation Board Through Strategic Planning Process

November 11, 2021 Comments Off on Chairman In Charge: Gen. Hill Leads Area Foundation Board Through Strategic Planning Process

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — His soft-spoken demeanor and amiable smile belie a lifetime of grit and valor that eventually reveal themselves when he begins to open up about his life and career. There’s a reason why James Tom Hill’s name is usually preceded by the three-letter Gen. designation. Gen. Hill, the current Chairman of the Board of…

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Their Time: Area Foundation & UP Partnership Team Up To Empower Youth As Philanthropic Decision-Makers

November 9, 2021 Comments Off on Their Time: Area Foundation & UP Partnership Team Up To Empower Youth As Philanthropic Decision-Makers

By Gavin Nichols SAN ANTONIO — In late 2020, Blue Meridian Partners made an $8 million investment in the future of San Antonio, providing funds to UP Partnership to promote youth voice in our area. Our Tomorrow, a network of organizations under the UP Partnership umbrella, was started to help youth find their voices and…

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Use Your Words: A Spotlight On Gemini Ink’s Youth Authors

November 5, 2021 Comments Off on Use Your Words: A Spotlight On Gemini Ink’s Youth Authors

By Siri Lindholm SAN ANTONIO — Stop being quiet you. Can’t get help without words. That’s the heart of it, isn’t it?  That’s why we tell stories. That’s why we write.  If we have learned anything these past couple of years, it is that we need each other. And the only way we will reach each other is through…

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Shedding Light On Untold Stories: Area Foundation Sponsors New Exhibition On Black Cowboys

November 3, 2021 Comments Off on Shedding Light On Untold Stories: Area Foundation Sponsors New Exhibition On Black Cowboys

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — They’re very much part of American history across our region and many points west, yet their lives and cultural contributions remain mostly hidden in obscurity. Not many people may readily picture an African American if asked to imagine a cowboy, yet history shows us that 25 percent of cowboys…

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