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Giving Report: Top San Antonio Charities

  • 19 November 2014
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Giving Report:  Top San Antonio Charities

Winston S. Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” In those terms, it may not surprise you that charitable giving is an essential component of a financially healthy business.  Those who give, receive. Did you know, however, the extent to which giving can help business owners save in taxes?  Giving appreciated stocks held for over a year to charity, for instance, holds a double-tax benefit: a deduction of the fair market value for charitable giving, plus tax avoidance on the gain based upon the stock’s appreciated value. (For more on this specific strategy, revisit our post “Charitable Giving Tip That Could Save You Thousands.”

To celebrate the season of giving (and last-minute tax savings), we’re highlighting San Antonio’s top charities. These organizations are each granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS, which means donations to them are tax-exempt. Those listed below currently rank highest for their strengths in fiscal responsibility (per Form 990 filings), longevity, spending practices and more, as determined by Charity Navigator. Click on each organization’s name to learn more about its ranking.

1.     San Antonio Food Bank: The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) is to fight hunger in southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy.

2.     Operation Homefront: Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide in providing emergency assistance and morale to U.S. troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home.

3.     Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio: Founded in 1958, the Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio is a member of Ascension Health. The organization establishes and maintains neighborhood-based programs to increase accessibility to primary health care and human services on the part of the poor.

4.     Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio: Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio (HFHSA) is an ecumenical Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit.   

5.     San Antonio Humane Society: The mission of the San Antonio Humane Society is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs and community education.

6.     ACCION Texas: The mission of ACCION Texas is to provide credit and service to small businesses that do not have access to loans from commercial sources, and to provide leadership and service to the micro-lending field on a national level. 

7.     Texas Public Radio: Texas Public Radio (TPR) operates three non-commercial radio stations. KPAC 88.3 FM and KSTX 89.1 FM broadcast to San Antonio and South Central Texas and KTXI 90.1 FM broadcasts to the West Central Hill Country. 

8.     SAMMinistries: San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, founded in 1983, is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency.   

9.     Christian Senior Services: Christian Senior Services promotes the dignity and independence of seniors who are in need of nutritious meals, companionship, and Alzheimer's care with four main programs: Meals on Wheels of San Antonio, Grace Place Alzheimer's Activity Center, Senior Companion Program and Elder Friends.

10.  Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA): Founded by the National Council of Jewish Women to serve children in Bexar County, the mission of CASA is to recruit, train and supervise court-appointed volunteer advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes. 

11.  United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County: Since its first campaign in 1940, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has become synonymous with caring and helping children, families and individuals. It remains the largest and most respected private health and human service organization in Bexar County, supporting 110 high-quality programs at 60 agencies.   

12.  San Antonio Children's Museum: Through joyful learning and discovery, the San Antonio Children's Museum grows minds, connects families and transforms communities. 

13.  McNay Art Museum: For more than half a century, the McNay has entranced visitors with its superb collection of modern masterworks and beautiful architecture.

As you can see, there’s a charity for everyone’s tastes; and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us to help you decide what types of monetary donations to which charities can result in your most favorable tax reductions. 

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