Civic Engagement


In 2020, San Antonio’s citizens are deeply engaged as elected leaders, business leaders, volunteers, and voters in the process of making government more responsive and accountable to San Antonians.

Vibrant grassroots movements, civic organizations, business leaders, city staff, and selfless citizens actively and effectively collaborate in all areas of city operations and governance. Elected officials and city staff take ownership of issues and are accountable for results. City, county and state branches of government coordinate their work to eliminate waste brought about by duplication of effort. The city cultivates inspired and effective leaders in selfless service to the community and is recognized for delivering transparency in government.

Overview

Civic Engagement underlies the entire process and purpose of SA2020. It is the foundation necessary for our community to turn the bold SA2020 vision into a reality. It requires an active community who engages in real outcomes by voting, giving, volunteering, and leading.

Support

Corporations are another important part of our cycle of community change. Visionworks, a leading national eye care provider, is based in downtown San Antonio and commits both time and resources to increasing Civic Engagement in our community. Visionworks understands the value of an engaged, aware workforce and to that end strongly supports Leadership San Antonio (LSA). Some of Visionworks’ own leadership were members of LSA classes, which provides a forum for leaders across San Antonio to come together and discuss the issues, challenges, and problems facing our community—and then assume leadership roles to try to solve them. In addition to encouraging employees to participate in programs like this, Visionworks also promotes service and philanthropy within the company. In 2016, Visionworks served SA2020 Partners Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, SAMMinistries, and San Antonio Food Bank. An impressive 75% of employees participated in the company’s volunteer program in 2016. We’re so glad to have a successful company like Visionworks helping to cultivate inspired and effective leaders in San Antonio.

Increase Philanthropic Giving

  Flat/Getting Worse

We should note that determining whether individuals participated in philanthropic activities solely by income tax returns may not include smaller donations by individuals who don’t itemize or report their charitable giving. In fact, Bexar County saw annual decreases in the percentage of returns reporting contributions from 2011 to 2014. However, this number is still much lower than other cities across the U.S. At the same time, countywide campaigns like BigGiveSA, co-presented by The Nonprofit Council and San Antonio Area Foundation, that of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and other national movements like #GivingTuesday are giving individuals an easier way to plug in. A 2012 study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that those in higher income brackets in Bexar County have reduced their charitable giving, while those in lower income brackets have increased the dollars they are donating.

Call to Action: 

  • Learn more about SA2020 partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
  • Participate in The Big Give SA in May 2017.
  • Participate in #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
  • Tune into/read local news sources to stay informed about civic issues.
  • Apply to be on a nonprofit board of directors that speaks to your soul. Start with a great list of SA2020 Partners.

 

Updated December 2016

 
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