CAC members shown gratitude for their work in grant making efforts

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 2, 2018) - Community Advisory Committees (CACs) are the backbone of grant making at the San Antonio Area Foundation because these volunteers determine which nonprofits will receive funding.

To honor the work of CACs as they are commonly known, the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Community Engagement and Impact team hosted an appreciation event in the Wells Center on Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. Patricia Mejia, vice president of Community Engagement and Impact, welcomed CAC members as hors d’oeuvres were served. In her thank you letter following the event she said, “I hope you felt our sincerest gratitude to you and your commitment to our mission – helping donors achieve their charitable goals for the greater benefit of the community.” 

CACs consist of men and women from the community who volunteer their time to review hundreds of grant applications submitted by area nonprofits for specific needs. CAC members are chosen by the Area Foundation because of expertise that aligns to funding requests areas. Funding areas include Animal Services, Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Community-at-Large, Medicine and Healthcare and Seniors. Each funding area has its own team of CAC members.

For example, the Area Foundation is in the process of receiving grant applications for the areas of Animal Services, Arts and Culture and Community-at-Large. Nonprofits with needs in these areas submit applications and CACs decide which applications will move to the next level of site visits. CAC members attend site visits to see programming in action and because such visits help them in the final decision process. After site visits are conducted, CAC members meet to discuss which nonprofit will receive funding and how much. 

Thanks to CAC members, the Area Foundation’s generous donors can truly achieve their charitable goals through well-thought out, vetted, non-biased and impactful grant-making decisions. 

View photos of the event. 


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