As the end of the year comes to a close, you may be looking for a last minute place to make a tax-deductible gift. If you’re thrown for a loop on who to support, here are a several organizations that do a lot of good in our city.
McNay Art Museum
This private collection that turned into a museum has one of the most elegant grounds in the city (there always seems to be a Quinceañera or bridal photo shoot whenever I go). But it is what is inside that is incredibly impressive. With works of art ranging from Medieval to Modern, El Greco to O’Keefe, you’ll be impressed by some of the masters that are housed in this corner of Alamo Heights.
An annual membership is tax deductible, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in both the Second Thursday parties as well as Family Days while getting exclusive access to different art talks and films. Find out more about membership to the McNay.
The Children’s Shelter
Operating for over 100 years, the Children’s Shelter exists to provide emergency shelter and residential treatment for children in crisis while seeking out permanent homes for them. At this time of the year when many of us surround ourselves with family, it is sobering to realize that many kids come from horrible situations. Help make a difference by supporting the Children’s Shelter.
Texas Public Radio
You’re just as likely to find my radio tuned into Top 40 (shake it off!) as public radio, but I have a tremendous respect for the reporting of Crystal Chavez, Eileen Pace, Joey Palacios and team. TPR and its programming is largely dependent on “listeners like you,” so if you enjoy the programming and missed the membership drive, consider supporting local radio. You’ll also get access to many of the TPR Presents series of events. Find out more about TPR memberships.
San Antonio Museum of Art
The wide open spaces of this former Lone Star Brewery is perfect not just for an art museum, but for getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. My nine-month old daughter enjoys going to this museum, in particular the Roman sculpture room. Membership grants you access to not just the permanent collection, but also to premier travelling exhibits, such as the recently closed Matisse show and the current Picasso tapestries on display. Additionally, SAMA’s Art Parties on the second Friday of the month engage the mind and senses—after learning about a particular piece of art you can imbibe on cocktails and listen to live music. Discover more about SAMA memberships.
Child Advocates of San Antonio
The mission of CASA is to recruit, train, and supervise court-appointed volunteer Advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes. It is heartbreaking to me to hear about abused children, but thankfully there is an organization that exists to help them find stability. Learn more how you can help CASA San Antonio.