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Time To Speak Up As If Our Lives Depended On It

February 4, 2021 Comments Off on Time To Speak Up As If Our Lives Depended On It
Silence is Violence

I’ve had many close friends check in on me over the last few months. Given everything going on with racial unrest across the country, they just wanted to make sure I was doing OK. I appreciated their care and concern and I let them know as much. But I was also honest – no, I…

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Keeping it Vibrant: Going All in on Arts & Culture

January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Keeping it Vibrant: Going All in on Arts & Culture
Cultural Vibrancy Vital Conversation

If you’re familiar with our mission and work, you likely know that we work with generous donors to help fund hundreds of wonderful nonprofit organizations across our community. What you may not have heard about are our dedicated and passionate staff members within our Community Engagement and Impact (CEI) team who work with those organizations in getting…

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New National Funding Boosts Equity For San Antonio’s Youth

December 30, 2020 Comments Off on New National Funding Boosts Equity For San Antonio’s Youth
SA School Parks Santikos

Blue Meridian Partners Makes $8 Million Commitment  The San Antonio Area Foundation welcomes a tremendous opportunity to lift up our youth by increasing and enhancing educational and economic opportunities through new national funding. National philanthropic organization Blue Meridian Partners awarded the Area Foundation as well as UP Partnership an $8 million commitment to ensure continued economic mobility…

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Pandemic no obstacle for leadership program

November 19, 2020 Comments Off on Pandemic no obstacle for leadership program
2019 HOLT Fellows

More than a dozen executives complete our HOLT Values-Based Leadership™ training Congratulations to our HOLT Values-Based Leadership™ Program Fellows on completing the intensive training during these unprecedent times! The cohort began face-to-face classes in September of 2019 and transitioned to online learning this March after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced a hard stop…

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West Side Families Count On Good Neighbors During Pandemic

October 13, 2020 Comments Off on West Side Families Count On Good Neighbors During Pandemic
Mari Lopez, left, hands a free lunch to a walk-up at House of Neighborly Services Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. HNS is using extra safety protocols for the safe handling and delivery of food to needy neighbors.

House of Neighborly Service Still Strong After 100+ Years Even with restrictions gradually lifting on being out and about during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Estela Trujillo feels quite jittery about heading out of the house. As an older adult, she knows that unfortunately she’s in the primary target demographic for the dangerous virus. She does…

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UP Partnership: Prioritizing An Equitable Recovery For Our Youth

September 16, 2020 Comments Off on UP Partnership: Prioritizing An Equitable Recovery For Our Youth
Academy

In order to have a truly equitable post-coronavirus recovery, one key factor cannot be overlooked: academic systems serving young people can no longer work independently of one another.  “The pandemic clearly showed us that as a city, we are extremely dependent on one another. Education systems, including schools and wrap-around student services, do not work…

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Philanthropic Pivot: Partners Flourish During Pandemic

September 1, 2020 Comments Off on Philanthropic Pivot: Partners Flourish During Pandemic
Merced Housing Texas

San Antonio’s success as a city is the result of how the community consistently comes together to address urgent needs and unique opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that “we are stronger together,” a principle by which the San Antonio Area Foundation operates. “With the pandemic, the philanthropic community had to mobilize quickly because we…

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Keeping Immigrant Families From Falling Through Societal Cracks

August 31, 2020 Comments Off on Keeping Immigrant Families From Falling Through Societal Cracks
Charity coins

When our region began feeling the pervasive impact of the quickly-spreading coronavirus pandemic in March, students suddenly saw their Spring Break extended by a few days. Then some more days. Weeks went by and students and their parents began hearing what seemed like the inevitable – classes would be cancelled for good for the remainder…

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Former Scholarship Recipient Says Thanks and Pays it Forward

August 6, 2020 Comments Off on Former Scholarship Recipient Says Thanks and Pays it Forward
Eric Wilson headshot

I had a conversation recently with a colleague about recognizing scholarship donors at our school and it caused me to reflect on my own experience – first as a scholarship recipient 25 years ago and then as someone who funds scholarships. As scholarship donors, my husband and I could choose to bequeath gifts to help…

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Answering The Call To Serve

July 7, 2020 Comments Off on Answering The Call To Serve

Dear Members of the Area Foundation Family, As the season changes to summertime in our new reality, we are creating new ways of celebrating one another, such as with virtual gatherings, drive-by parades and more. One of those joyous traditions includes our collective love for the San Antonio Spurs. Our Spurs bring us together as…

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