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Regional initiatives

One of the priorities for the Charles Butt Foundation is supporting the community our founder calls home. Throughout the Greater San Antonio area, the Foundation provides seed funding and support for initiatives demonstrating the greatest potential to improve the lives of local children and families, schools, and the overall community.

Some of the Foundation’s most recent investments and support center around the following three areas:

An informed community

Building on the value of research and data-informed problem-solving in education, two of the organizations and initiatives that the Charles Butt Foundation supports augment San Antonio’s capacity to learn together and to assemble essential data for more informed decision-making. The UP Partnership is a local nonprofit committed to using data and aligning resources to create equitable systems and ensure all young people in Bexar County are ready for the future. The San Antonio Education Forums, presented by the SA Report, annually bring together educators with civic, business, and non-profit leaders to address Bexar County’s most pressing PK-12 public education challenges and opportunities. Each of these organizations foster deep collaboration across sectors in San Antonio to improve the educational outcomes of the region’s children.

Students take notes during a socratic seminar.
Two diverse high schools students work at their laptops.

Addressing San Antonio’s pressing challenges

With the onset of the pandemic, technology and access to the internet became essential for students and for families. Over the years, the San Antonio region has struggled with digital access, so a team of community leaders, with initial support from the Charles Butt Foundation, created a public-private-community collaboration called SA Digital Connects. The collaborative developed the San Antonio and Bexar County Digital Equity Plan, which is advocating with city and county officials to designate local, state, and federal funding for initiatives to close the digital divide, and will track and report progress in un/under-served areas disproportionally impacting some of San Antonio’s most vulnerable families and individuals, including PK-12 students.