SA2020 Partners are organizations that have committed to actively align their work to San Antonio’s shared Community Vision. We’re proud to welcome 15 new Nonprofit Partners who are leading important work and meeting community need. Read about these organizations below—and click over to their profiles to learn more and find out how to get involved. (Is your organization interested in becoming a Partner? Read more about the benefits and application process.)
Carver Community Cultural Center
The Carver Development Board’s mission is to fundraise and provide programming and advisory support to The Carver Community Cultural Center (the Carver), the San Antonio Eastside’s foremost gathering place of cultural exchange and performance arts for nearly 100 years. The Carver celebrates the diverse cultures of our world, nation, and community with emphasis on its African and African American heritage through exemplary artistic presentations, community engagement activities, and arts education programs.
Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
Founded in 1983, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA) exists to help young people expand their world, create collaboratively, and celebrate differences through song. CCSA enhances arts and culture in San Antonio for both their students and the greater San Antonio community. CCSA offers three main musical education programs: Our Family Music Together, Neighborhood Choirs, and Six Core choral ensembles. Ultimately, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio provides connection across the community through music.
Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society
The Chromosome 18 Research & Registry Society (“Chromosome 18”) supports families and individuals with chromosome 18 abnormalities through advocacy and connection. Chromosome 18 aims to help people with chromosome 18 abnormalities lead healthy lives, ultimately hoping to make the abnormalities a fully treatable genetic condition. Through a variety of educational and social support events, Chromosome 18 provides important care to families. Chromosome 18 also created the only research center in the world for chromosome 18 conditions: the Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center at UT Health San Antonio.
Conjunto Heritage Taller
Conjunto Heritage Taller (CHT) is a community-based organization that preserves and celebrates traditional conjunto music. Created in this region over 100 years ago, conjunto music is a traditional folk music featuring the button accordion and bajo sexto. Conjunto Heritage Taller provides affordable music lessons for students of all ages to learn conjunto music, as well as performs conjunto music across the community. Ultimately, Conjunto Heritage Taller promotes conjunto music to have a greater impact on San Antonio’s arts and culture.
Each One, Teach One
Each One Teach One (EOTO) San Antonio provides adult learners with educational support to improve their literacy. Recognizing that learners come with varying backgrounds of literacy, EOTO’s programs meet their learners where they are in their journey towards higher levels of literacy. EOTO also offers English as a Second Language and small group sessions to assist immigrants. Beyond literacy instruction, EOTO connects their students with wraparound services such as childcare and transportation, so they can focus on their education.
Emerge and Rise, Inc.
Emerge and Rise is a growing nonprofit initiative that connects San Antonio small businesses and entrepreneurs with resources and learning opportunities. Dedicated to the economic well-being of all San Antonians, Emerge and Rise brings together investors, community leaders, advisors, and other stakeholders to create a network of support for small business owners. Emerge and Rise is working toward a future in which local businesses flourish and their employees receive a living wage, health benefits, and paid time off.
Ethical Network of San Antonio
The Ethical Network of San Antonio (ENSA) brings together ethically minded businesses and individuals with the mission to create a more sustainable community where everyone can grow and thrive. ENSA is building a community of collaboration that supports ethical micro & small businesses while promoting a need for a more ethical, equitable, and sustainable world. ENSA is committed to both cultural and environmental sustainability, as well as highlighting the importance of both physical and mental wellness for their organizations. The Ethical Network of San Antonio hosts a variety of events that serve multiple purposes for the greater community, including: educating the general community about sustainability and providing resources to micro and small businesses. ENSA creates intentional community and spotlights Black, Hispanic/Latinx/Latiné and Asian owned businesses through their work. Ultimately, ENSA is dedicated to creating a healthier community and equitable economic growth.
Hearts Need Art
A nationally recognized Arts in Health organization, Hearts Need Art (HNA) provides arts engagement to people facing life-altering health challenges. HNA is committed to providing age, gender, and culturally- inclusive programming to all patients, including adolescents, adults, caregivers, and medical staff. HNA’s core programming includes Bedside Music, Bedside Art, Bedside Writing, and Corridor Concerts. HNA artists create moments of joy, self-expression, and connection to ensure that no patients feel alone.
Magdalena House provides support and services to women and children survivors of family violence and trafficking. Since 2007, Magdalena House has been a transitional shelter that provides 24/7 support, including food, clothing, health care, legal support, household supplies, and transportation. Additionally, Magdalena House supports residents in their educational pursuits, with 79% of women who stay 18 months or more completing academic milestones, such as obtaining a GED, Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, certified training, or completing an ESL program.
Northeast Senior Assistance
Founded in 1984, Northeast Senior Assistance (NESA) is an interfaith outreach organization that helps older adults age in place. NESA primarily focuses on meeting older adults’ (ages 60+) need for transportation. Volunteers provide free one-on-one rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, errands, social activities, and more. NESA is unique in that they provide “door-through-door” service. Volunteers stay with individuals throughout their entire trips, so that they are not left on their own.
Rise Recovery aims to help young people and their families overcome the effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as provide education to the San Antonio community. Equipped with the knowledge that recovery chances increase by 80% when family is involved, Rise Recovery intentionally provides programming that engages families in the process. Rise Recovery offers peer recovery support, family support for parents, siblings and loved ones, in-school substance use education, and telehealth peer support. Additionally, Rise Recovery’s support services have no eligibility barriers and are provided at low to no cost.
The San Antonio Foundation for Excellence in Education (SAISD Foundation) partners with San Antonio ISD to provide teachers and students with additional tools and support they need to be successful. SAISD Foundation does this by providing school grants, teacher grants, scholarships and emergency gap funding for postsecondary students, and investing in school-based programs that expand student experiences in arts and STEM. The SAISD Foundation ultimately helps move the needle on K-12 and postsecondary educational outcomes in San Antonio.
San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM)
The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) works with the community to collect, preserve and share the narrative of the Black existence and experience in San Antonio. SAAACAM invites the community to record their stories and then presents them in the form of poetry, prose, theatrical production, journals, and conversations. Additionally, SAAACAM provides learning opportunities for students through camps, tours, and conscious conversation. Ultimately, SAAACAM highlights how Black history is integral to San Antonio history.
SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Since 1994, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has cultivated and promoted contemporary classical music. SOLI works with composers to center San Antonio as a creative community, hoping to ensure that San Antonians from a variety of backgrounds can feel personally connected to classical music. Additionally, SOLI brings in artists from outside of the city to introduce San Antonians to diverse voices and perspective. SOLI works to transform the classical music sector to be more accessible to and representative of the San Antonio community.
Urban Progress Corporation
Urban Progress Corporation (UPC) strives to enhance the creation of new housing and the rehabilitation of existing housing in low-income neighborhoods. UPC is the sole owner of Las Palmas Garden Apartments, a multi-family rental housing community that provides 100 affordable housing units to very low-income, low-income and moderate-income families. Las Palmas Gardens serves low-income Latino, immigrant and underserved residents of the Westside of San Antonio and provide no-cost supportive services to the residents of the property and surrounding community. Ultimately, Urban Progress Corporation wants to make its housing an example of excellence for the greater San Antonio community.