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The San Antonio Area Foundation has served as the sole, designated community foundation for the San Antonio area for over half a century, growing to become one of the Top 20 foundations in the nation. The Area Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable goals for the betterment of the community, managing more than 500 charitable funds exceeding $1 billion in assets. Coordinating efforts with numerous area nonprofits, the Area Foundation serves as a collaborative leader, connecting donors to address key community issues and investing in our future. Since 1964, over $400 million for scholarships and grants have been awarded to enhance the quality of life in our region. Learn more at

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Area Foundation & City of San Antonio Team Up to Help Winter Freeze Victims

Charitable Fund and Relief Program Target City’s Most Vulnerable Residents The country’s seventh-largest city was hit hard by last week’s severe winter storm, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures. Snow and ice unfortunately led to countless frozen pipes and water damage, and families are now struggling to pay for critical plumbing repairs.  Even though the city’s…


San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and Multiple Partners Unveil COVID-19 Response Fund

Fundraising efforts continue as over $2.7 million is already secured to support local nonprofits serving economically vulnerable. The city’s nonprofit organizations are on the front lines of serving those hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak. To support their efforts, the San Antonio Area Foundation has teamed up with John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, United Way of San Antonio and…

Area Foundation Offices Closed, Staff Remain Available for Needs

Safety and security of the community drives the decision to close offices and Wells Center to the general public; slowing the spread of the coronavirus paramount to decision. In light of the current CDC and Texas public health recommendations surrounding COVID-19, the Area Foundation has asked its employees to conduct day-to-day work activities from home. However, staff remain…

San Antonio Area Foundation Announces 2020 Giving Areas and Deadlines for Grants

Culture, affordable housing, needs of youth and aging in the spotlight for 2020 giving; community experts invited to serve on grantmaking committees. Livable communities, culture and the arts, successful aging and youth education are the four impact areas that the San Antonio Area Foundation will focus its grantmaking for 2020 and beyond. Non-profit organizations addressing needs…

John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Invests in Accurate 2020 Census Count

$200,000 investment to help protect federal funding for programs serving San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations. The 2020 Census will affect federal funding for a decade, shaping the budgeting landscape of schools, hospitals, public transit, CHIP, Medicare, Head Start, school lunches, special education support, student financial aid and other vital programs and services. Even a 1% undercount for…

The Council on Foundations names Martin Acevedo to 2020 Career Pathways cohort

Program Creates Diversity Pipeline for Next-Gen Executives in Philanthropy The Council on Foundations today named Martin Acevedo to the 2020 Career Pathways cohort, amid a group of 24 industry leaders from across the U.S. Career Pathways is a development program designed to increase the number of diverse candidates in the philanthropic leadership pipeline. “Martin’s selection for this prestigious program…

Santikos grant provides new fitness room for Oasis Center

Fitness and lifelong learning. That’s what participants at Oasis Center will have more of now that a new fitness room is open. Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the fitness room will allow Oasis Center the freedom to offer more classes that promote healthy aging, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. The Oasis Center is a national…

San Antonio Area Foundation invests more than $10 million in 100 plus nonprofits

Movement to a more equitable process and focusing on excellence served as a catalyst for awards from discretionary funds, including the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the Area Foundation. The San Antonio Area Foundation has awarded more than $10 million dollars to more than 100 nonprofits from discretionary funds available for community.…