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Seasoned CEOs to guide new nonprofit leaders
San Antonio Area Foundation

June, 2017

The Tesoro Leadership Fellows program is accepting applications from nonprofit CEOs with less than five years tenure and senior leaders poised for executive leadership. One of the many benefits of this program is the opportunity to be mentored by a seasoned nonprofit executive. 

As 2017 Tesoro Fellow and executive director of Blue Star Contemporary, Mary Heathcott said, "The Tesoro Leadership Fellows Program was transformative. I have participated in many professional development opportunities for executives, but none has been as comprehensive and multi-layered. It was much more than attending a series of seminars, the mentorship aspect and the support of a cohort of fellow nonprofit leaders provided an invaluable network of knowledge and support. It was an experience I draw from every day, and I'm sure will continue to do so in the future."

Become a fellow! Deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, at

How to ace the basics of today's social media
Everything you need to know to start your social media plan

Are you new to social media or need a refresher course? Attend our Social Media Boot Camp on Friday, July 14, to learn best practices for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

To register, visit

African American fund to open grant process
Application opens June 21 for three program areas serving African Americans

The San Antonio Area African American Community Fund (SAAAACF), an outreach fund of the Area Foundation, will open its 2017 grant application on Wednesday, June 21 with a deadline of midnight on Wednesday, July 12.

The application is open to nonprofits in Bexar and surrounding counties whose client base is at least 70 percent African American. The fund will award two grants of $2,500 and one grant of $5,000 in arts and culture, education, and social and human services.

To apply or learn more at


Celebrate Juneteenth, raise funds for community
Your tickets benefit grantmaking programs for the African American community

Juneteenth Celebration and Casino night takes place tomorrow June 16, at Semeneya. The event features great music, exciting casino games and delicious food while raising money for local nonprofits.

The event is hosted by the San Antonio Area African American Community Fund (SAAAACF), an outreach fund of the Area Foundation. Since inception, the Fund has distributed $62,000 in grants to programs improving the lives of African Americans in our area.

Support this great cause by purchasing your tickets at


State of the Nonprofit Sector survey underway
Nonprofits are needed to complete the survey


The Nonprofit Council has partnered with UTSA - University of Texas at San Antonio, SA2020, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and the Area Foundation to conduct a survey of the local nonprofit sector. An email was sent on Wednesday, June 7, with a link to the survey. 

The objective of the survey is to capture the programmatic, management and financial health of the local nonprofit community. This is the first time that a State of the Sector survey of this magnitude has been conducted in our area.

Please complete the survey as soon as possible. Nonprofits that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win cash prizes. If you did not receive the survey link, please contact

Results will be unveiled at The Nonprofit Council’s Issue in Profile event in October. 


Funding available for four program areas
Apply now for animal services, arts and culture, community-at-large, seniors grants

The application for round two of our Annual Responsive Grants opened June 12. Last year, the Area Foundation awarded $2.1 million to over 75 nonprofits through this grant process. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 14 at midnight.

Submit your grant application at


Board members, CEOs attend Board Boot Camp
Participants discussed the critical role, responsibilities of board members

On Saturday, June 10, 36 board members and CEOs gathered for the day-long Board Boot Camp to learn about the fundamentals of effective board governance. Jen Negrete, board president, San Anto Cultural Arts said, “Thank you so much for offering Board Boot Camp. I took away so many beneficial ideas and tools that I can utilize with my staff and board.”

Learn more about other types of board training opportunities at

Mark Your Calendar! 

Upcoming workshops, events, and grant deadlines.

June 16: Juneteenth Celebration and Casino Night
June 27: 2017 Nonprofit Wage and Benefit Survey Results
June 27: So You Want to Start a Planned Giving Program
June 28: Board Principles II - Legal Compliance
June 29: To Be or Not To Be a 501(c)(3)
June 29: Finding Funders Library Training
   July 3: Strengthening Nonprofits Phase I Grant Deadline
   July 6: Texas Connector Workshop
 July 11: Fundamentals of Professional Writing - Part 1
 July 12: Training and Development of Employees and Volunteers for Nonprofits
 July 13: Resource Information Lunch and Learn
 July 14: Social Media Bootcamp


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