San Angelo Area Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community foundation supports 17 counties in the San Angelo, Texas, area. It backs many needs, including education, elderly, animal welfare, arts and culture, social services, environment, healthand youth.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, elderly, animal welfare, arts and culture, social services, environment, health, youth

IP TAKE: This community foundation is open to unsolicited requests and will support nearly any nonprofit need. A good place to seek funds for equipment purchases and renovations.

PROFILE: The San Angelo Area Foundation (SAAF) is based in San Angelo, Texas, and was established in 2002. It was launched by the San Angelo Health Foundation, which we have also profiled here at IP. But unlike the private health foundation, SAAF is a community foundation with over 300 funds created by more than 5,000 donors and $150 million.

Unlike some community foundations, this one does not restrict its discretionary grantmaking to any set fields of interest. Discretionary grants come from SAAF’s unrestricted funds and field of service funds. These are all named funds, but you only have to apply generally to SAAF to be eligible for funding.

This foundation backs many service areas. Interests include education, elderly, animal welfare, arts and culture, social services, environment, health and youth. It's given recent grants to the Christoval Volunteer Fire Department, the City of San Angelo, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and the Association of Asian-American Women.

The San Angelo Area Foundation only supports local groups in the 17 counties of the San Angelo area: Tom Green, Crockett, Sutton, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Schleicher, Reagan, Irion, Concho, McCulloch, Runnels, Coke, Llano, San Saba, Glasscock and Sterling. The grantmaking process is online, and requests are reviewed twice per year. They advise submitting requests at least three or four months prior to the time you'll need the funds. The fall grant deadline, for example, typically occurs on September 1. The foundation announces grants in June and December.

Since the foundation was established, it has given out over $70 million in grants and held more than $119 million in assets. Recent annual grantmaking exceeds $5 million. Current financial data can be viewed here.

A separate Grants to Teachers Fund at SAAF supports local educators with classroom grants and campus-wide grants. The foundation also awards scholarships to local students through a variety of funds.

This foundation is run by a staff of about six professionals led by Matt Lewis, president and CEO. Board member information is on the website. General questions can be directed to the staff at infosaaf@saafound.org or 325-947-7071. The mailing address is 221 South Irving Street, San Angelo, Texas, 76903. Keep up with foundation news by browsing through the annual reports, fall reports, and blog posts.

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