Contact: Angelica Garza
Contact: Cristina Noriega
San Antonio Area Foundation Commits $50,000 in Support of SAISD Foundation’s #ConnectCampaign
Bridging the Digital Divide in San Antonio ISD
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The SAISD Foundation is honored to announce a gift of $50,000 in support of the #ConnectCampaign from a grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community fund jointly managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation and the United Way of San Antonio. The fund is comprised of nearly 30 caring businesses, donor advised funds, philanthropic foundations, and government entities including:
|San Antonio Area Foundation||Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio|
|John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation||Holt Family Foundation|
|Harvey E. Najim||Texas Mutual Insurance Company|
|The Najim Charitable Foundation||Wells Fargo|
|H. E. Butt Foundation||JPMorgan Chase & Co.|
|Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation||Houston and Caroline Harte Fund|
|United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County||80|20 Foundation|
|Kronkosky Charitable Foundation||Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation|
|Mays Family Foundation||Bank of San Antonio|
|Tobin Endowment||Bexar County|
|Greehey Family Foundation||Nationwide Foundation|
|NuStar Energy||Gloria Galt Donor Advised Fund|
|City of San Antonio||Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
The SAISD Foundation launched the #ConnectCampaign to raise the funds to support the critical need of closing the digital divide in San Antonio by working alongside San Antonio ISD (SAISD) to bring access to technology devices and internet access for SAISD students to stay connected and engaged with their teachers and classmates through remote learning now extended through the end of the school year.
To date, SAISD has issued nearly 40,000 devices (Chromebooks and iPads). SAISD had a three-year goal for 1:1 technology, and in response to COVID-19 school closures, this goal was addressed in three weeks. The SAISD Foundation’s #ConnectCamaign is focused on raising the funds needed to support monthly Wi-Fi access for 4,000 hot spots so all students can connect with their teachers, classmates and distance learning resources on those devices. More than 3,500 hot spots have been distributed by SAISD to date.
“We are humbled by the generosity of our donor community, they have seen the need and have donated to make sure our SAISD students are engaged during a time where are there are so many uncertainties,” Judy Geelhoed, Executive Director, SAISD Foundation explained. “Our hope with this campaign is to not only raise the funds needed for connectivity, but to allow SAISD students to have some sense of normalcy by connecting with familiar faces, classmates and teachers,” Geelhoed added.
To learn more about the SAISD Foundation’s efforts please visit: www.saisdfoundation.com/donate.
The SAISD Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to mobilize the community to invest in student and teacher success. Our vision: Every student and teacher thrives in SAISD public schools.