Connecting Donors To Causes They Care About
The San Angelo Area Foundation works to connect donors passion with causes they care about. We can help find the giving option that best meet your goals and offer a unique giving experience whether you want to give today or are planning for the future. Community Funds are designed to support causes in the Concho Valley that enrich our lives, provide needed services, and tackle difficult challenges. Whether your passion is education, the arts, health or youth, the San Angelo Area Foundation can help you discover a Community Fund or help you establish your own unique fund designed to support causes you care most about. Click here if you would like to make a donation to one of our Community Funds.
Animals: The Concho Valley is fortunate to have many nonprofit organizations that provide for the care and well-being of animals. Lost, stray, abused and abandoned animals are rescued daily by local charities. Many of these organizations also provide low-cost spay and neuter services to help control the pet population.
The need for these services is great and each year a grant to an animal organization can support pet adoption services, spay/neuter services, veterinary care, as well as food and supplies. Are you called to help four legged friends in our community?
Arts & Culture: The Concho Valley is fortunate to have a thriving arts community including theater, music, dance, museums, and other cultural organizations. Supporting the Arts can paint a whole new picture for area arts organizations. Organizations like the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the San Angelo Symphony encourage cultural enrichment by providing displays and venues for both modern and classical art and music. Ballet San Angelo fosters creativity, while encouraging dancers toward joy in their art and striving to provide San Angelo with the highest level of dance education.
The Arts in our community promote interaction in public space for all ages and interests. Whether you're enjoying the new clever art installations on the Red Arroyo walking trail or attending a performance at Angelo Civic Theatre, art is all around us. It's easy to contribute to these community building programs.
Education: Education is the foundation of advancement in society and strong schools are the bedrock for a strong community. Investment opportunities in education range from early childhood education programs, K-12, and post-secondary education, as well as after school and summer learning programs. Whether investing in education of under-privileged youth, funding scholarships of aspiring college students or donating to your own alma mater, education is a strong passion of our community.
In 2016, the San Angelo Area Foundation awarded 389 scholarships totaling over $1 million to area students. In addition, supporters have helped organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of San Angelo inspire young leaders and Camp Good Sam combat summer learning loss for students in Sonora.
Elderly: According to the Census Bureau, almost 15% of our county population is over the age of 65 and services provided by local organizations keep many of our seniors healthy and help improve their quality of life.
Organizations such as Meals for the Elderly, serving more than 650 homebound seniors each day, providing a hot, nutritious, home delivered meal while ensuring their clients well-being through personal contact. Baptist Retirement Community is able to provide life enrichment and an engaging senior lifestyle through many levels of care with support of donors committed to our senior population.
Environment: Would you like to plant trees, promote recycling, and educate children on the importance of convserving the Earth's natural resources? There are many strong local nonprofits improving our environment and making our community a better place for future generations.
Local environmental groups such as The People Plant Connection striving to educate our community about gardening, water conservations, and protecting the environment, while SAFE Recycling makes recycling alternatives available for San Angelo.
Health: Your own personal health, a friend or a family members battle with disease or a positive treatment and recovery experience may drive your passion to support health causes in our community. The Concho Valley is home to several hospitals and health care systems. However, not everyone in our community can access the high-quality care offered because they don't have health insurance. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 24% of our community is uninsured. When needing care, these individuals are dependent on charitable care through Shannon Medical Center or nonprofit clinics that serve the uninsured and underinsured.
In addtion to basic care and emergency services for the uninsured, mental health services are also in great need. Locally, West Texas Counseling & Guidance Center serves the Concho Valley by providing mental health services including individual and family counseling services, children and adolescents, and verterns services to more than 1,900 clients each year.
Social Services: Lifting up those in need of a helping hand means supporting nonprofit organizations in many areas of social services, including children's services, domestic violence support, hunger, homelessness, support for veterans and many more.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 18% of our community lives in poverty and with support of causes like the Children's Bed Project we can ensure that children within our own community have beds and bedding and that Rust Street Ministries is able to provide support for neighbors who are in need of temporary assistance and Children's Advocacy Center of Tom Green County is able to strive in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Youth: Do you want to support the next generation of the Concho Valley by supporting today's youth. Many of our local organizations serve "at-risk" youth, defined as those more likely to: encounter difficulties in their academic, family or social lives; engage in drug or alcohol abuse; leave home; and/or commit crimes.
There are many excellent nonprofits in our area working to help young people overcomve the challenges of growing up in today's environment. These organizations provide programs and services for youth that include: mentoring and exposure to positive role models; a safe place to go after school and weekends; tutoring and enrichment activities; leadership character development; and positive alternatives to alcohol and drugs.
If you would like to make a donation to one of our Community Funds click here.