Giving Options You can see immediate impact with a gift today, or leave a lasting legacy with a planned gift.

Giving Options

You decide what you want to give, when you want to give it. The San Antonio Area Foundation offers flexible giving options. We can accept a variety of assets, from the most simple to the most complex. When you make a contribution to the Area Foundation, you join forces with other donors to achieve the greatest possible impact. 

Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are just one of the many types of funds managed at the Area Foundation, and this year some of our scholarship recipients videotaped their gratitude to share with their donors. Here is a sneak peek of what their scholarship donors are seeing


Think about what you’d like to support.


Decide what type of gift you’d like to give.


Let us know! Contact us so we can help you choose a type of fund that is right for you.

More Options Than You Think

A surprise to many people, cash is not always the best gift. Gifts of appreciated stock, for example, may give you a larger dollar-for-dollar charitable deduction and an exemption from capital gains taxes on the appreciation.


Give to a Community Fund

No matter where you choose to direct your gift, you will enrich our community for generations to come.

Give Now

You may be passionate about supporting the arts, education, animals, the environment or another wonderful cause. No matter where you choose to direct your gift, you will be enriching our community for generations to come. We're grateful for your foresight and generosity. Thank you for your gift.

Give by Mail

Mail your check payable to the San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, San Antonio, TX 78215. Please write the name of the fund or designation in the memo line.

Give Online

Contribute online with your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover card to any fund or initiative at the Area Foundation. Your transaction is safe and secure and processed through a VeriSign secure server.

Give with a Variety of Assets

The Area Foundation accepts a variety of different assets for donations to a fund.

Give Other Ways


If you prefer to make a gift of cash by wire or EFT, please contact to receive instructions.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

Many gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds result in a charitable deduction for the full market value of the donated asset, even if you bought it for far less, and minimize capital gains taxes.

Real Estate

We offer you the opportunity to easily and effectively donate your property. A gift of real estate to the San Antonio Area Foundation offers a way to unlock the full appraised value of a property. You can gain significant tax advantages, and at the same time, build a charitable legacy to support your favored charitable organizations for years to come.

Life Insurance

Many people find that the protection offered by life insurance policies is no longer needed later in life. Thus a life insurance policy can become an ideal tool for charitable giving. A few steps need to be taken to donate a life insurance policy. You start by irrevocably assigning your insurance policy to the San Antonio Area Foundation and naming it as the sole beneficiary. You can make annual tax-deductible contributions to cover the policy's annual premium. Or, if the policy is paid up, you will receive an immediate tax deduction in an amount equal to the policy's cash surrender value.

Give Later

Charitable Bequest

Name the San Antonio Area Foundation to receive all or a portion of your estate through your will or trust, reducing estate taxes while creating a charitable legacy.


Charitable Trust

A charitable lead trust or several types of charitable remainder trusts create valuable options in estate planning by providing tax savings, a significant gift and income for either a charity or family members.

Life Estate

Give your personal residence, ranch or farm as a gift, occupy the residence or land without disruption, and receive an income tax charitable deduction for the present value of the remainder interest.

Life Insurance Policies

Naming the San Antonio Area Foundation as a beneficiary of your insurance policy enables you to create a charitable legacy without invading cash and other assets designated for your heirs.

Retirement Account Access

Double taxation on retirement plan withdrawals decreases their value for your heirs. Consider providing other assets to heirs and naming the San Antonio Area Foundation as the beneficiary of your retirement accounts. You can save taxes and preserve your hard-earned assets for the good of your community.