How Volunteers Are Giving Their Expertise

Magdalena House Impact Story Jan 2023

Magdalena House is a shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence and trafficking. San Antonio happens to be one of the areas with the highest rate of trafficking in the nation. There is never enough time to do all that could be done.

Bringing the Arts to Everyone

After decades in business, Cory McRae never thought he’d be leading an arts organization. But his business experience has helped the Alamo City Performing Arts Association (known as Alamo City Arts) grow into a multi-faceted performing arts powerhouse. What started as a volunteer position became an obsession, McRae said. Today his work with the arts association is full-time.

“I saw there was a lot of potential with this organization,” he said. “I wanted to see what its true potential would allow it to become.”

SVPSA Partner Insists on Finding Solutions

In Judaism there is a tenet called repairing the world. That principle has been a guiding force in the life of Barbie Scharf-Zeldes, a Bexar County associate judge and SVP Partner.  

“That’s something I carry with me, that I’m repairing the world in little bits and pieces wherever I go,” she said.

Scharf-Zeldes’ life is a testament to that goal. It not only drives her professionally, but also fuels her commitment to community service. She’s served on nonprofit boards, provided leadership in her faith community and has served as an SVP Partner for the last four years.

Supporting veterans with personalized care

Military service sometimes comes at a personal cost for service members and their families. That’s why Endeavors, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to helping veterans and their families with personalized, comprehensive care. Hear from one of the SVPSA Fellows on their mission to support military and their families.

Helping nonprofits grow with innovation and ROI

As a wealth management advisor with over two decades in the financial services industry, SVP Partner Justin Pawl understands return on investment. That’s what makes him a big believer in SVP. For Pawl, SVP’s appeal is its adoption of the venture capital model that investors use in private enterprise: building smaller organizations and helping them scale by investing not only dollars, but professional guidance.

SVP founder shares leaderships insights in San Antonio

The most important (leadership trait) of all, Shoemaker said, “is a generosity mindset, which looks for ways to connect people and is based on the belief that bringing people together makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.”

“It’s insanely important in the world today. It’s not about being nicey nice and polite. Having a generosity mindset is a truly strategic way you approach your work. When you walk into the room, are you looking to see who should be connected?” he said.

Soaring to New Heights

The Dee Howard Foundation, which focuses on preparing youth for careers in the aerospace industry, is soaring to new heights. The foundation has its first-ever executive director, an impressive board with some of the region’s top leaders in aerospace and aviation, and just launched a new initiative to introduce local students to drone technology. Training from Social Venture Partners San … Read More

Helping nonprofits stay financially strong

Chris Carmona has built his business on helping nonprofit organizations with their accounting needs. Along the way, he’s developed a passion for serving San Antonio nonprofits as a board member and is now giving back as an SVPSA partner. Carmona is a CPA and the co-owner of Schriver Carmona, an accounting and advisory firm. He and his partner Derek Schriver … Read More

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.

Mission Visit to Promesa Academy

Upon arrival at Promesa Academy, Social Venture Partners received big smiles and high fives from staff and student leaders from the school, welcoming us on a sunny afternoon October 6th. The warm day was matched by an extraordinarily warm welcome by our host, Ambika Dani, the academy’s founder and Superintendent and the four students who led us through a tour … Read More