In 2030, our entire community takes responsibility for our collective well-being. San Antonio fosters leaders across the community who collaborate to reach shared goals. Institutions across sectors value community-based knowledge and build trusted relationships.
starReduce Police Emergency Response Times: Met or Exceeded
trending_upIncrease Attendance at Community Safety Trainings: On Track
trending_downImprove Satisfaction with Community Safety: Flat/Getting Worse
With the last municipal election in 2019, San Antonians increased voter turnout by 78.8% since 2011, and came in just under the 2020 goal.
Since 2012, the number of people of color appointed to City Boards & Commissions has steadily increased. It is not required for members to report their demographics. With the race/ethnicity of nearly 200 members unknown, the level of representation is difficult to know with certainty.
After a sharp decline between 2010 and 2013, the rate of volunteerism began trending upward, and in 2018, the most recent data year, it was below the original rate in 2010.
Philanthropic giving, measured by individuals who claim contributions on their tax returns, showed a significant drop in 2018. This can be attributed, in part, to federal legislation that increased the standard deduction for charitable dedication. Total itemized deductions, as of 2018, must exceed $12,000 for individuals (up from $6,350 in 2017) and $24,000 for married couples (up from $12,700 in 2017).
In 2020, there will be another change to claiming charitable deductions, brought on by the CARES Act. Taxpayers who don't itemize deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations.
Giving USA’s 2019 Report showed that nationally, individual giving in 2018 was down from 2017, while giving by foundations and corporations saw an increase.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy offers a blog series on why foundations and funders should engage in public policy.
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In the 2030 Community Vision, shifts in indicators, based on community feedback, will include:
Discontinuing police response times, as this is a measure of departmental efficacy and should be tracked and reported by SAPD.
Discontinuing satisfaction with public safety, as this is more a measure about perceptions of City services.
Discontinuing community safety trainings, as this is a program of SAPD and should be evaluated at the departmental level.
Tracking voter turnout in all major elections: presidential elections, midterm elections, and municipal elections.
A new biennial survey from SA2020 that will track volunteerism, philanthropic giving, trust in local government, and belonging.