Nineteen nonprofit leaders began a journey with SVPSA on September 14th to strengthen their skills, learn from each other and build a community of support. The SVPSA Fellowship, under Lead Partner, Jennifer Moriarty, started with each Fellow telling their own story of how they began their nonprofit journey.
Fellowship with SVPSA Helped SOS Grow
VPSA Fellowship alumnus Amir Samandi remembers the “ah-ha” moment that triggered the thought to start Students of Service (SOS).
Nonprofits We Love: Pride Center San Antonio
The Pride Center San Antonio provides much-needed support to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) community, who often face significant obstacles in their daily lives.
SVPSA Featured on International Podcast
SVPSA is featured on Great.com, a podcast based in Sweden that talks to 7 nonprofits every week about the good work they are dong.
The 2022 SVPSA Fellowship Class
Social Venture Partners San Antonio is excited to announce our 2022 – 2023 Fellows. These inspiring individuals have impact across our community and region. They represent many areas of focus, and are addressing a diversity of community needs.
Refreshed Thinking Transforms Fellows’ Work
After each gathering of the SVPSA Fellowship, Texas Kidney Foundation CEO Tiffany Jones-Smith comes home with a checklist of action items. Paging through her notebook to the most recent entry, she reflects, “If I implemented five of the nine that are here, that’s transformative.”
Nonprofits we love: CAVALRY
Growing up in the projects of Washington D.C., Tracie Edmond, SVPSA Fellow, never knew when her family’s water or lights would be cut off. When a high school counselor connected her to an apprenticeship program at the Pentagon, she found a path to a better life.
Providence Place Addressing Generational Trauma
Founded in 1895, Providence Place began as a rescue mission for young unmarried mothers, evolving today to create innovative programs for women in crisis to address and end generational trauma. One fact has remained true: it is not the size of the program that matters, but the impact it makes in the lives of women and families.
Inspiration Came from Learning About the 990
Jasmin Dean, founder and executive director of Celebrate Dyslexia, always dreaded filling out Form 990, the annual filing that the IRS requires of nonprofits and charities. Dean saw the 990 as a distraction from the mission-critical work that she was doing to create community, offer resources and provide support for dyslexic students, their families, and the educators who serve them.
Volunteers’ value surpasses $1 million milestone
This month, local nonprofits reported they surpassed $1 million in value from skilled virtual volunteers provided by a local funding cohort started during the pandemic by Social Venture Partners San Antonio (SVPSA). Nonprofits started using the virtual volunteer website, Catchafire, in the fall of 2020, early in the pandemic to help fill critical skills gaps when most offices were shut down and organizations were forced to change how they raised money, delivered services, used technology and communicated with board and donors.