Open a Fund Establishing a fund at the San Antonio Area Foundation is an easy, effective way to invest in your community.

Taking the Next Step

Funds can be created in as little as one meeting, with a short fund agreement and a single gift. You can focus on specific organizations, issues or regions, or create a fund with a flexible purpose. Funds can be created in as little as one meeting, with a short fund agreement and a single gift.

Interested in opening a fund?

We are ready to help. Please call 210.225.2243 or email us with questions.

STEP 1

Think about what you’d like to support.

STEP 2

Choose the type of fund that meets your needs. We can help!

STEP 3

Name your fund, and we will create a personal fund agreement for you to sign.

 

Ready to Start?

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Why Should I Open a Fund at the San Antonio Area Foundation?

 
 
  • Highest charitable tax deduction
  • No excise tax
  • No minimum payout
  • Donate complex gifts
  • Impact investment option
  • Personalized service & local knowledge
  • Support for your strategic grantmaking
  • Educational and networking opportunities
San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Highest charitable tax deduction
  • No excise tax
  • No minimum payout
  • Donate complex gifts
  • Impact investment option
  • Personalized service & local knowledge
  • Support for your strategic grantmaking
  • Educational and networking opportunities
Commercial Donor-Advised Fund
  • Highest charitable tax deduction
  • No excise tax
  • No minimum payout
  • Donate complex gifts X
  • Impact investment option X
  • Personalized service & local knowledge X
  • Support for your strategic grantmaking X
  • Educational and networking opportunities X
Private Foundation
  • Highest charitable tax deduction X
  • No excise tax X
  • No minimum payout X
  • Donate complex gifts
  • Impact investment option X
  • Personalized service & local knowledge X
  • Support for your strategic grantmaking X
  • Educational and networking opportunities X

What if I have a Private Family Foundation?

Donor Advised Funds may offer donors a better solution than private foundations. Donor Advised Funds have fewer costs and regulations, while still providing donors sufficient direction to be effective tools for family wealth planning.

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What if I am not ready?

If the timing isn’t right to open your own fund, you can co-invest any amount in one of our Community Funds to join forces and maximize your impact in an area of your choice.

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Impact Stories

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Area Foundation Offers Leadership Training For Our Times

Largest & most diverse group in program history tackles leading amid transition & uncertainty SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Area Foundation, in partnership with HOLT CAT’s exclusive training curriculum, kick off our area’s premiere executive leadership program on June 3. More than two dozen nonprofit agency top bosses have been selected to participate in this year’s…

Study: Scholarship Program Increased College Enrollment & Graduation Rates While Lowering Loan Debt

SAN ANTONIO — A little financial assistance goes a long way toward helping youth realize their college dreams. That’s according to a new study commissioned by the San Antonio Area Foundation through The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Urban Education Institute examining San Antonio’s most wide-ranging collection of community scholarships offered to college-bound students.  The San…

San Antonio Area Foundation Announces Multimillion-Dollar Scholarship

New Legacy Scholarship to Assist Students in Bexar and Webb Counties SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Area Foundation announced a new multimillion-dollar scholarship bequest available to students in Bexar and Webb counties. The newly created program will become one of the largest student scholarships not just in our region but also nationally.  Annually, the…

Major Donation Puts San Antonio On The National Map For Student Scholarship Programs

Opening the path to college for students through new $2 million annual fund SAN ANTONIO — Nothing was going to hold back Alyssa Pacheco from pursuing her lifelong dream of attending a top liberal arts college in the East Coast. Not even the rather astronomical tuition and fees that tend to come with attending one…

Pandemic Potato Donation Helps Feed Hungry Families

By Gavin Nichols SAN ANTONIO — In late 2019, John Galbraith called the San Antonio Area Foundation to propose the idea of providing a truckload of potatoes to food banks in our region. We were in the process of starting to find funders when COVID-19 hit our region and were not able to do anything…

Centro Cultural Aztlán: Keeping Chicanx Traditions Alive

SAN ANTONIO — No surprise that in a city so steeped in Mexican culture, traditional celebrations originating south of the border would have strong and lasting influences here. One omnipresent example is the annual celebration come every beginning of November: Día de los Muertos or also commonly known as Day of the Dead celebration. Yet as…

The Public Theater: Keeping The (Virtual) Doors Open

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — About a year ago with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic in our community, Jeff Morden and staff were gearing up for their seventh performance of the year. It was one of The Public Theater of San Antonio’s large-scale musical productions, with a staff of three dozen artists and backstage crew. But…

Making San Antonio Livable No Matter Your Zip Code

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — Jennifer Cook exudes passion and determination. Those are but a couple of the many strengths and values she brings to the San Antonio Area Foundation as our Senior Program Officer overseeing the Livable and Resilient Communities (LRC) impact area as part of our Community Engagement and Impact team.  Jennifer has been…

Help On The Way: Cultural Arts Scene On The Path To Recovery

SAN ANTONIO – Just about a year ago, Mary Heathcott and her team were giddy following another successful First Friday event, hosting hundreds of people strolling gleefully through their art galleries all evening long. Heathcott and staff at Blue Star Contemporary were at the time also knee-deep in planning for “Red Dot Art Sale,” their top annual…

Investing In Our Youth Is Investing In Our Community’s Success

A proud fifth-generation Texan, Gavin Nichols was born and raised and Dallas but he’s proud to call San Antonio home since he has lived here for nearly four decades. Much of that time he spent working in IT for HEB. He sought to shift to the nonprofit sector, joining the Area Foundation’s Community Engagement and Impact…

Interested in opening a fund?

We are ready to help. Please call 210.225.2243 or email us with questions.