San Antonio Area AFN is a regional chapter of grantmakers who advance equitable wealth building and economic mobility. Members can include private, public, corporate, and community foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions who want to help area residents secure economic stability, for now and for years to come. San Antonio Area AFN seeks to connect funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they will be able to share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building.
San Antonio Area AFN was launched in 2017 as a regional affiliate of national AFN by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, San Antonio Area Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Texas Capital Bank, McKenna Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Membership is open to funders who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for San Antonians, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial capability and coaching, or micro-enterprise. San Antonio grantmakers should contact Frances A. Gonzalez if interested in joining this chapter.
How We Work
- Inform: San Antonio Area AFN is positioned to highlight promising practices, key issues, and innovations in the field through funder-only dialogues as well as other convenings. Members provide an insightful regional voice to inform national conversations.
- Connect: San Antonio Area AFN members learn from each other and from other organizations as they seek solutions to local challenges related to health wealth, financial coaching, and household financial well being.
- Influence: San Antonio Area AFN engages key stakeholders to grow their knowledge and support. This includes efforts to raise the visibility of asset-building within the broader community of foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions.
- Build: San Antonio Area AFN seeks to increase the number of grantmakers and resources focused on economic well-being. Members leverage one another’s interests and investments and actively look for additional funders willing to invest in the San Antonio region.
Regional Focus Areas
- Integration of Asset Building and Safety-Net Services
- Enhance Safety-Net for Low-Income Families
- Focus on Highest-Need Geographies and Populations
- Access to Products and Services that Support Asset-Building
- Support Local Policy Work to Ensure Public, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Efforts Compliment Each Other
Are you a San Antonio Area grantmaker interested in joining this chapter? Contact us to learn more.
Frances A. Gonzalez, email@example.com
Texas Capital Bank
Federal Reserve Bank of Texas, San Antonio Branch
JP Morgan Chase & Co
Firstmark Federal Credit Union Foundation
River City Credit Union
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
San Antonio Area Foundation
H. E. Butt Foundation
WellMed Charitable Foundation
AFN Report basis for City of San Antonio’s Poverty Report
San Antonio Area AFN’s 2019 report, Insights, Aspirations and Action, continues to inform many local sectors and civic leaders about the economic security issues facing individuals and families in San Antonio. The 2019 report was foundational as it created an understanding of challenges, barriers, and lack of access to opportunity that is experienced by families and individuals. In 2020, San Antonio Area AFN’s sphere of influence was highlighted with local policy makers and philanthropic groups. The report was the basis for and the creation of the City of San Antonio’s Poverty Report which was presented to the City Council and subsequently led to an investment of over $347M in May 2020. Of that total, recommendations from the 2019 report were funded at approximately $139M.