The Power of the SVPSA Network

A car wash does not seem to be a very big deal. However, when a fledgling organization gets an unexpected communication offering the proceeds of a Haunted Car Wash to be held the weekend prior to Halloween, the wheels start to turn.

Refreshed Thinking Transforms Fellows’ Work

Texas Kidney Foundation

After each gathering of the SVPSA Fellowship, Texas Kidney Foundation CEO Tiffany Jones-Smith comes home with a checklist of action items. Paging through her notebook to the most recent entry, she reflects, “If I implemented five of the nine that are here, that’s transformative.” 

Inspiration Came from Learning About the 990

celebrate dyslexia

Jasmin Dean, founder and executive director of Celebrate Dyslexia, always dreaded filling out Form 990, the annual filing that the IRS requires of nonprofits and charities. Dean saw the 990 as a distraction from the mission-critical work that she was doing to create community, offer resources and provide support for dyslexic students, their families, and the educators who serve them. 

Volunteers’ value surpasses $1 million milestone

SVPSA Catchafire

This month, local nonprofits reported they surpassed $1 million in value from skilled virtual volunteers provided by a local funding cohort started during the pandemic by Social Venture Partners San Antonio (SVPSA). Nonprofits started using the virtual volunteer website, Catchafire, in the fall of 2020, early in the pandemic to help fill critical skills gaps when most offices were shut down and organizations were forced to change how they raised money, delivered services, used technology and communicated with board and donors.

Fellowship provided a sense of community

SVPSA Fellowship community

In the early days of the pandemic, Pride Center San Antonio scrambled to deliver on its mission to provide services and support to the LGBT+ and ally community in San Antonio.

More than giving money, SVPSA helps nonprofits become better stewards

Erika Prosper

Partner Spotlight: Erika Prosper As a small business owner, Senior Director of Customer Insights for H-E-B, San Antonio’s First Lady, and a volunteer board member with countless local organizations, Erika Prosper is known for her tireless work supporting important causes and nonprofits in San Antonio. She says the reason she got involved with Social Venture Partners San Antonio was simple: … Read More

Meet our partners: Jennifer and Kevin Moriarty

Jennifer and Kevin Moriarty

Giving back to the community is part of the DNA for Jennifer and Kevin Moriarty, as anyone who knows them understands. Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated a deep and personal commitment to supporting and advocating for nonprofits. In fact, they even met serving on a nonprofit board together. 

Nonprofits we love: Culturingua

Culturigua holds a walk with Mayor Nirenberg

“Culturingua helps increase intercultural understanding, promote economic empowerment, and helps people better understand others from different cultural backgrounds—both their neighbors and people from the other side of the world,” Culturingua co-founder Nadia Mavrakis says about

Program Profile: The Impact Guild

Sarah Woolsey established The Impact Guild five years ago because she saw a need in San Antonio for a network of support for entrepreneurs who want to be a force for community impact. She was exposed to social entrepreneurship in Austin and wanted to bring that to San Antonio.