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.

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

Ready to Start?

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Impact Stories

Read our latest impact stories

Over 1,300 Students Awarded Scholarships

Dear Members of the Area Foundation Family, As our young people experience the rites of passage of high school graduation, announcing their college of choice and preparing for their first semester in the fall, it’s a time of great celebration and reflection – particularly in today’s environment of drive-through graduations, virtual celebrations and yard signs…

COVID-19 Response Fund Impact

Dear Members of the Area Foundation Family, Our gratitude is immense as we work side-by-side with you, our fund advisors and donors through this crisis. We are only able to provide services, and amplify impact in community because you chose to create a philanthropic legacy through the San Antonio Area Foundation. Your fund, whether individual,…

San Antonio Area Foundation Announces Second Cycle for 2020 Grant Applications

New cycle focuses on Livable and Resilient Communities as well as on Successful Aging Livable and resilient communities, cultural vibrancy, successful aging and youth success are the four focus areas that the San Antonio Area Foundation will focus its annual responsive grantmaking processes for 2020 and beyond. Nonprofit organizations addressing needs in these categories are invited…

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows by $1 million to $6.3 million

More than 160 nonprofits already awarded in less than two months. Two major gifts have maintained the viability and growth of the COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing funds donated to help San Antonians to $6.3 million. The H. E. Butt Foundation pledged an additional $500,000, bringing their total commitment to $1 million. Additionally, The Humana Foundation joined the effort with…

$1 Million Challenge Grant Brings COVID-19 Response Fund to $5.3 Million

$500,000 each from Harvey Najim, John L. Santikos Fund boosts fund’s support to nonprofits. Two new $500,000 donations have given a significant boost to the COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing funds donated to help San Antonians to $5.3 million. A $500,000 challenge grant from San Antonio philanthropist Harvey Najim last week spurred the John L. Santikos Fund…

COVID-19 Response Fund Growth

Dear Members of the Area Foundation Family, We are so pleased to share the COVID-19 Response Fund has now reached $5 million in donations! A $500,000 challenge grant from renowned philanthropist Harvey Najim was matched by the John L. Santikos Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, increasing the fund by $1 million dollars. Harvey…

Community Rallies to Support Older Adults Navigating the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on vulnerable populations raises many concerns about the welfare of older adults in our community.  While no one is immune to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our older population is especially susceptible to its effects. Even those with ample resources to safely shelter in place are feeling the…

In Response to COVID-19

Dear Members of the Area Foundation Family, As we continue to chart a course through uncertain times, I have been humbled and overwhelmed by you – our community – your generosity, your compassion and your dedication. Please know that the Area Foundation is in this together with you. I am pleased to share these updates…

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows to $3.7 million for Nonprofits Serving City’s Most Vulnerable Populations

San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and other partners have awarded $1.1 million so far, with more grants in progress. During normal times, the House of Neighborly Service on the city’s West Side provides services for children, families and older adults from its headquarters in one of the city’s most distressed…

Nonprofits Can Search for Grant Opportunities Remotely

While the San Antonio Area Foundation office is closed to the public, nonprofits can search the Foundation Directory Online database to search for grant opportunities. If you’re trying to search for grants while working from home, or at the office with social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak, you can now access Foundation Directory Online here. Candid…