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$9.3 Million Awarded to Eight Nonprofits for Capital Projects from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

$9.3 Million Awarded to Eight Nonprofits for Capital Projects from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

SAN ANTONIO (November 1, 2016) – Eight nonprofit organizations will receive nearly $9.3 million in
total funding for capital projects from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San
Antonio Area Foundation. The inaugural capital grants process was created by the San Antonio Area
Foundation to honor the late John L. Santikos with naming rights opportunities from nonprofits that fall
under his designated areas of interest and within his eight-county region.


“The impact that the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation has on our community is tremendous. We
are just beginning to experience the effects of Mr. Santikos’ vision and how that will be felt for
generations to come. The Area Foundation is honored to carry out Mr. Santikos’ wishes. Our first capital
grants process saw an incredible response from our nonprofit community. The projects that these
nonprofits are working on are incredibly worthy, and it was an extremely competitive process. We are
proud to announce our first eight nonprofits receiving this funding and look forward to the year to come
when their projects will truly come to life for our community,” said Susan Steves Thompson, Vice
President, Grants, Programs and Services for the San Antonio Area Foundation.


The eight nonprofit organizations and their funding amounts are detailed below. Funding will be made
to the nonprofits in increments of one to five years.

Clarity Child Guidance Center


Renovation of a regional inpatient hospital facility treating
children diagnosed with significant mental health needs;
one-of-a-kind in San Antonio, named in honor of Mr.


El Centro del Barrio dba CentroMed


Only doctor-referred health, fitness and wellness center in
Indian Creek – one of San Antonio’s most under-
resourced zip codes (78242). New Family Wellness Center
built and named for Mr. Santikos


Haven for Hope of Bexar County


New welcome center that coordinates homeless care
services on the Haven for Hope campus named for Mr.


City of Hondo Public Library


Children’s interactive “Imagination Stations” in the new
public library’s youth education center named in honor of
Mr. Santikos



San Antonio Food Bank


Collaborative endeavor to launch the New Braunfels Food
Bank. New Volunteer Engagement Center to be named for
Mr. Santikos


San Antonio Sports


“School park program” to improve health in neighborhood
accessible parks. Forty-one school playgrounds to be
converted into community parks with the ability for
neighborhoods to use parks during non-school hours,
renovated and named for Mr. Santikos


Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation


Establishing the only Children’s Trauma Services program
in the San Antonio region, in honor of Mr. Santikos


UT Health Science Center at San Antonio


Equipping the region’s only comprehensive institute for
Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative diseases. Third floor CT
and Nuclear Medicine Suite named for Mr. Santikos.


In an unprecedented response to the grant application, the Area Foundation received 92 proposals that
totaled more than $70 million in grant funding requests for the 2016 process.

Through a two-phase competitive application process, the Area Foundation accepted letters of inquiry in
July 2016. Fourteen finalists were invited to submit a formal proposal by September 26. Criteria for the
grants included:

• All requests had to demonstrate exceptional, potential impact measured by one or more of the
following: 1) number of people served; 2) type and scope of impact it will foster; 3)
opportunities for scalability
• Projects had to present a significant naming rights opportunity for Mr. Santikos and requests
were limited to renovation, restoration, construction, acquisition and expansion projects, or
• Extra consideration for proposals that also accomplished one or more of the following: be new,
unique and/or introduce national best practices in the San Antonio area; align with city, county
or other regional priorities; align with the Area Foundation's High School Completion and
Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio (SALSA) strategic initiatives; and/or seek to match
or leverage national funds

To accommodate community needs and offer more funding to eligible nonprofits, the capital and
naming rights process is bi-annual process that will reopen in 2018. Full application details and deadlines
will be posted at when it is available.

For more than 50 years, the San Antonio Area Foundation has served as the community foundation for the San
Antonio area. The Area Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable goals and serves as a collaborative leader,
investing in the future of our community by bringing people together to address key community issues. The Area
Foundation manages more than 500 charitable funds and $900 million in assets. Since 1964, $305 million for
scholarships and grants have been awarded to nonprofits that educate youth, preserve the environment, protect
animals, fund research and provide a variety of services that enhance the quality of life in our region. Learn more
about your community foundation at

The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, was created by John L.
Santikos – entrepreneur, real estate developer and movie theatre businessman – who died December 30, 2014.
Mr. Santikos gifted the bulk of his estate to the San Antonio Area Foundation to establish his legacy, continue the
successful operation of his businesses and make significant annual donations beyond his lifetime. He directed his
support for nonprofits in eight Texas counties who offer a wide range of charitable programs. Learn more at