Life Motivates Him to Do More

By all accounts, Jason Massiatte is an American success story. He’s the executive vice president of moving services for Ward North American, overseeing five of the company’s Texas markets. He started his career there more than 20 years ago as a furniture mover, moving up the ranks to the warehouse, sales, operations, then into management training. He joined the company’s executive team this year.

Nonprofits We Love: Pride Center San Antonio

The Pride Center San Antonio provides much-needed support to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) community, who often face significant obstacles in their daily lives.

SVPSA Partner: Kathy MacNaughton

Kathy MacNaughton believes service is the rent we pay for our space on earth.  Engagement is key to identifying individual responsibilities that can strengthen our community.  The development of meaningful partnerships between altruistic individuals, businesses, and foundations and nonprofit / civic organizations creates a wealth of opportunities to fulfill critical missions in our diverse community.  Kathy worked in the nonprofit … Read More

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.” 

Providence Place Addressing Generational Trauma

Providence place

Founded in 1895, Providence Place began as a rescue mission for young unmarried mothers, evolving today to create innovative programs for women in crisis to address and end generational trauma. One fact has remained true: it is not the size of the program that matters, but the impact it makes in the lives of women and families.

Partner Spotlight: Priscilla Hill Ardoin

Priscilla Hill Ardoin

With her influence in both the business and nonprofit worlds, Priscilla Hill Ardoin, a retired officer with AT&T and longtime civic leader, has served as both a community ambassador and one of our first financial supporters of Social Venture Partners San Antonio.  Since its start, Hill Ardoin has seen SVPSA’s work lead to positive changes. She has seen small, local … Read More

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.