Increase Philanthropic Giving
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