Gavin Nichols, San Antonio Area Foundation

TITLE:  Director, Grants and Programs

FOCUS AREAS: Animal services, high school completion.

CONTACT:  210-242-4720, gnichols@saafdn.org

PROFILE: Gavin Nichols has been with the foundation since August 2008 and serves as the director of grants and programs. His LinkedIn bio shares:

I am responsible for Animal Services programs and for the Animal No Kill program office at the San Antonio Area Foundation. In this role, I work with the City of San Antonio City Manager’s office and Animal Care Services and with nonprofit animal welfare organizations. I work with the Animal No Kill Consortium of Partners, a group of education, civic, corporate, and nonprofit professionals who serve as our advisory board. I also work with the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare, an organization of rescue groups and volunteers who organize adoption events around San Antonio. I monitor the City’s progress towards No Kill and report on it in meetings with the City Manager’s office and quarterly in a comprehensive report that I send to the Mayor, each City Council representative, and each member of the ACS Advisory Board.

I am also responsible for our program budget of $300,000. I have managed two program associates in the program office, a third party consultant who plans fundraising and public awareness events for the program, and the public relations/marketing firm that does the creative and marketing work for our No Kill PR campaign, Talk About It! 

I am responsible for the High School Completion grantmaking program at the Area Foundation. This program focuses on out-of-school time programs for 6th - 9th graders. Research shows that out-of-school time activities keep young people engaged in school and keeps them out of dangerous and problem activities. The research also shows that if we keep the young people engaged through middle school, they will most likely stay in high school through graduation. We recognize that the future of San Antonio--and the entire country--depends upon an educated and accomplished work force. This is a major focus for the Area Foundation's discretionary funds, about $300,000 per year.

He previously worked as the IT manager and director and information systems manager at H-E-B. He has a BA in economics from Columbia University and an AA from the University of Texas at Austin.