For the last three years, I have had the privilege of serving as Chair of the San Angelo Health Foundation. By the time the 2020 Annual Report is published, my term will have ended and David Lupton will have assumed the Chair.
The San Angelo Health Foundation was established in 1995 with a corpus of $44 million dollars. In its organization documents, the Foundation stated its mission: To enhance the quality of life for the people of the San Angelo area. Looking back, we reflect on the Foundation’s endeavors for the past twenty-five years toward meeting this goal.
From the time of its first grant in 1997 through December 2020, the Foundation has awarded almost $60 million in grants to 224 organizations for the purpose of accomplishing 801 projects that might otherwise not have been possible. Despite these generous expenditures, through careful investing, vigilant stewardship, and cautious fiduciary responsibility, the Foundation maintains assets of more than $56 million, significantly more than it had at inception.
The Foundation’s voluntary board of dedicated civic leaders maintains a broad vision of what constitutes a healthy community and strives through its financial assistance to improve the quality of life for its citizens. In addition to improving the area’s medical and health needs, the Board believes that a community benefits from enhancing economic, educational, social, and cultural opportunities
The Foundation’s outreach and mission were never more important than in a year of pandemic, job instability, food insecurity, and social unrest. With grants from modest to millions, the impact of the Foundation can be seen all over San Angelo and indeed the region.
In 2020 alone, grant recipients included the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley, Angelo State University, House of Faith, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Sterling County Senior Citizens Center, West Texas Counseling and Guidance Center, the Diabetes Coalition, Galilee CDC, West Texas Boys Ranch, Menard County Hospital District, Meals for the Elderly, City of San Angelo-Unidad Park and Kids Kingdom, Boys and Girls Club, and partnership with the San Angelo Area Foundation, to name only a few. Each grant has a story, and each in its own way contributes to improving the quality of life for the San Angelo area.
The Foundation expresses its deepest appreciation to Tom Early for his dedicated leadership to the Foundation until his retirement in June 2020. We welcome Deborah Watson, who has assumed the mantle as President and whose capable direction will lead us into the future.
The San Angelo Health Foundation was created to exist for generations to come. The Board operates the Foundation with its long-range vision and mission in mind. Please visit our website for more information on the Foundation’s first twenty-five years and information on the grant process. The first twenty-five years have been exciting and eventful, and we look forward to future endeavors not yet imagined.
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees