Moms Support Local Nonprofits for the Big Give San Antonio

Alamo City Moms Blog team supports the Big Give San Antonio 2018 | Alamo City Moms Blog

Every year, the Big Give San Antonio rallies community members to support local nonprofit organizations. For 24 hours—from midnight on Thursday, March 22 to midnight on Friday, March 23, 2018—organizers will track online donations and report on which nonprofits are raising the most money. For more information about how that works, check the FAQ. Many organizations hold events and find other creative ways to activate their stakeholders.

The Alamo City Moms Blog team put our heads together and made a list of San Antonio nonprofit organizations that moms should know about. On the day of the Big Give San Antonio, we hope you will pay special attention to the organizations listed here. Is there an organization we should know about that’s not listed here? Leave a comment to tell us about it.

Alpha Home

Shanti supports Alpha Home, a provider of residential treatment for women in addiction recovery. They also have gender-specific outpatient programs. During the Big Give, an anonymous donor is offering a $10,000 match. Visit their home page at alphahome.org.

BASIS Texas

BASIS North Central Blue Jays | Alamo City Moms Blog

BASIS Texas, an ACMB partner, is a network of charter schools that offer a rigorous, college-preparatory education. Dawn’s son, pictured above, is excited to go to school every day, and that is why they are supporting BASIS during the Big Give—donations will go to the annual teacher fund. Read more about BASIS in this post, and visit their home page at btxschools.org.

Bexar County Family Justice Center

The Bexar County Family Justice Center helps victims of domestic violence overcome abuse with free programs and services. Amanda R. is a supporter. Visit their home page at bcfjc.org.

Brighton Center

Brighton Center is a wonderful local resource for parents of children who have special needs. The early intervention programs and support offered are life-changing for many families. 

Las Casas Foundation

Las Casas Foundation is the reason San Antonio enjoys having the Majestic and Empire Theatres as venues for fabulous musicals and concerts. Dawn adds, “Their performing arts scholarship program gives $105,000 annually to local teens. It’s one of the only programs of its kind in the country.” At 5:00 P.M. on March 22, supporters of Las Casas Foundation will gather to dine at Clementine. Visit their home page at lascasasfoundation.org.

Child Advocates of San Antonio

Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) provides advocates for children in the foster system. A child’s judge or social worker may change, but their CASA stays the same, providing consistency and a voice, with the best interests of the child in mind. Jessica supports their work. Visit their home page at casa-satx.org.

The DoSeum

The DoSeum is an ACMB partner—they are hosting our upcoming Bloom event for new and expectant moms—and many of our contributors are members and supporters. Contributions to The DoSeum broaden access to their educational programs so that underserved children can enjoy those learning benefits, too. During the Big Give San Antonio, donations to The DoSeum will be matched up to $5,000, thanks to a gift from Good Time Charlie’s restaurant. From 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., visit The DoSeum for a Big Give Bucking Challenge watch party. The DoSeum’s home page is thedoseum.org.

Down Syndrome Association of South Texas

The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas offers a variety of ongoing programs and events that provide learning opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Danielle is a supporter. Visit their home page at dsastx.org. 

Girls Inc. of San Antonio

Girls Inc. of San Antonio offers camps and after-school programs to build up girls’ confidence and skills. Visit their home page at girlsinc.org

Great Hearts

Inga‘s kids go to Great Hearts, an open-enrollment public charter school that offers tuition-free classical, liberal arts education. In addition to Great Hearts Monte Vista and Great Hearts Northern Oaks, a new campus, Great Hearts Western Hills, will open in August of 2018. During the Big Give San Antonio, donations to Great Hearts will be matched by grants from donors such as the George W. Brackenridge Foundation and Choose to Succeed. For more information about schools and education nonprofits participating in the Big Give, see this guide at San Antonio Charter Moms.

Great Hearts Western Hills Headmaster Robby Kuhlman with student | Alamo City Moms Blog

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Cristina is a fan of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, a venerable institution that preserves Mexican-American art and culture on the West Side. They offer affordable programming including folklórico dancing, mariachi music, and more. Visit their home page at guadalupeculturalarts.org.

Kinetic Kids, Inc.

Danielle supports Kinetic Kids, Inc., an organization that gives children with disabilities in San Antonio the opportunity to participate in recreational and sports activities. Kinetic Kids, Inc. has a $5,000 matching grant during the Big Give San Antonio. Also, they are hosting a Rise and Shine breakfast at 6:00 A.M. on March 22 at Snooze, an AM Eatery. Visit their home page at kinetickidstx.org.

KLRN

Heather works in the education department of KLRN, San Antonio’s local PBS affiliate. Besides offering children’s public television programming, KLRN’s education department hosts community events for families and offers programs like SciGirls and Ready, Set, Grow! Visit their home page at klrn.org.

La Leche League of San Antonio

Ginger is active in La Leche League of San Antonio, which offers free parent-to-parent breastfeeding support. “Studies show support is key to breastfeeding success,” Ginger said. “It made all the difference for me. Now I give back by helping other parents.” Visit their home page at lllofsanantonio.com.

Magdalena House

Magdalena House is a transitional home in San Antonio that serves mothers and children who have fled dangerous and abusive situations. The organization provides transformation through education, a nurturing community, and programming. Jennelle and Michelle U. support their work. During the Big Give San Antonio, Magdalena House board members will match each gift up to $10, for a total of $2,100 in matching gifts. Visit their home page at maghouse.org.

Martinez Street Women’s Center

The Martinez Street Women’s Center transforms communities through women and girls by providing access to vital health services, quality education, and advocacy. They envision a world in which women and girls achieve empowerment, equity, and justice. Amanda R. supports the group. Several matching grants are active during the Big Give San Antonio. At 6:00 P.M. on March 22, supporters will gather for Big ’18 Bash at Paper Tiger. Visit the Martinez Street Women’s Center’s home page at mswomenscenter.org.

McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum is an ACMB partner. Our contributors enjoy bringing their children to the museum and the grounds for family art activities. Read Inga’s post about taking her children to the McNay for arts education and to learn museum etiquette. The McNay is celebrating the Big Give San Antonio with a concert, Ritmos de España, at 6:30 P.M. on March 22. Visit their home page at mcnayart.org.

Photo Provided by Meals on Wheels San Antonio

Meals on Wheels San Antonio

Meals on Wheels San Antonio provides food security for our senior neighbors. Learn more in this ACMB Cares profile. ACMB contributor Ariana is also a staff member at Meals on Wheels San Antonio. Visit their home page at mowsatx.org.

Project BRAVE

Project BRAVE seeks to teach elementary school children how to develop patterns of healthy relationships to decrease their odds of entering into abusive relationships later in life. Amy is supporting their Big Give effort. Visit the home page at projectbrave.net.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is an ACMB partner and a favorite place for team members to play with their families—especially the new Family Adventure Garden. Donations made before noon on March 22 will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $2,500. Visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s home page at sabot.org.

Family Adventure Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden | Alamo City Moms Blog

San Antonio Parks Foundation

Moms love parks—free outdoor fun!—so supporting the San Antonio Parks Foundation would be a natural fit for moms during the Big Give SA. Read Heather‘s guide to San Antonio parks for inspiration to get outside. Visit the Parks Foundation’s home page at saparksfoundation.org.

Flying kites at Fest of Tails in McAllister Park

San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Celina is a supporter of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, which supports the growth and use of the San Antonio Public Library. They are also preparing for the San Antonio Book Festival, a free, all-day event with author readings, panels, family activities, and more, on April 7. During the Big Give San Antonio, the Parman family will match donations up to $5,000. Visit SAPLF’s home page at saplf.org.

Snack Pak 4 Kids SA

Snack Pak 4 Kids SA creates food security over the weekends for children in need in San Antonio. Katy C. wrote this post about volunteering at Snack Pak 4 Kids, and Rosalinda wrote a post with more ideas for volunteer opportunities that include children. Several donors have established matching grants for the Big Give San Antonio. Visit the Snack Pak 4 Kids SA home page at snackpak4kidssa.org.

So Live, Inc.

So Live, Inc., raises awareness and funds to make effective, nontoxic cancer treatments more accessible to the public, while promoting general health, wellness, and happiness. Shanti is a supporter. At 6:30 P.M. on March 22, So Live, Inc. is hosting A Vintage Big Top Fundraising Affair at Sunset Station. Visit their home page at soliveinc.org.

Southwest School of Art

Several ACMB contributors and their families have participated in the Southwest School of Art‘s Saturday Morning Discovery program this year. They offer many other classes, for children, teens, and adults, as well as a BFA program. At 6:00 P.M. on March 22, the Southwest School of Art is hosting a Working Artist Panel Discussion. Visit their home page at swschool.org.

Texas Diaper Bank

After Hurricane Harvey devastated South Texas coastal communities, ACMB offered VIVA TEXAS T-shirts for sale and our readers raised $2,000 for Texas Diaper Bank. Now, during the Big Give, we have another opportunity to help the Diaper Bank provide families across our region with needed supplies like diapers and wipes. Visit their home page at texasdiaperbank.org.

Texas Public Radio

ACMB is a business supporter of Texas Public Radio. We appreciate being able to turn on the radio while driving our mom taxis and choosing to hear intelligent commentary on current events or timeless classical music. Visit their home page at tpr.org.

Witte Museum

The Witte Museum is an ACMB partner—they hosted our recent Primavera egg hunt event. Our team members love to take their families to visit the Witte. Inga says, “The Witte has made an amazing transformation over the past few years, and now has exhibits that cover our region in so many eras, from dinosaurs, to early human settlement, to cutting-edge technology.” Dawn’s post has more information about the Witte’s transformation; Amanda wrote a post about having your child’s birthday party at the Witte. During the Big Give San Antonio, donations to the Witte Museum will be matched up to $250,000. Visit the Witte’s home page at wittemuseum.org.

Read about how ACMB supported the Big Give San Antonio in 2017, 2016, and 2014. How are you planning to be a part of the Big Give in 2018? 

Inga is passionate about parent-driven education: helping parents be the best advocates for their children, finding the right schools (or homeschooling resources), and enjoying San Antonio's variety of arts and cultural events for families. She was born in California but has called Texas home since high school. She works part time as a lawyer and also blogs at San Antonio Charter Moms. Her eight-year-old son, F.T., and five-year-old daughter, G.N., attend a public charter school in the heart of the city. She married a techie and is a bit of a geek herself.