Director’s Report


The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is pleased to report on its year ended December 31, 2017. The Foundation serves residents of Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in Texas by (i) awarding grants across the wide range of charitable purposes summarized in the Foundation's Program Guidelines and (ii) inspiring action and bringing together coalitions to address root causes of the issues these communities face.

During 2017, 106 grants totaling $17.3 million were approved for 89 non-profit organizations covering all four counties in the service area of the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. These grants are made possible by the remarkable generosity of the Kronkoskys. Our communities are fortunate to benefit from the dedicated work done by thousands of caring staff and volunteers who carry out the missions of numerous non-profit agencies that serve our communities in so many areas of need. The organizations we fund are valued partners in the work of the Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

Grants in Honor of Albert Kronkosky, Jr. and Bessie Mae Kronkosky

From inception through December 2017, the Foundation has made grants totaling $267.9 million. The impact of the generosity of the Kronkoskys on the area non-profit community has been simply tremendous. The Foundation honors each of its founders annually by making an unsolicited, unrestricted grant in their honor to a non-profit previously supported by the Foundation.

  In May 2017, San Antonio Lifetime Recovery, Inc. received a $100,000 grant in honor of Mr. Albert Kronkosky, Jr. Lifetime Recovery was founded in 1963 with the mission to provide effective and affordable treatment of alcohol and drug addiction for residents of Bexar County and South Texas with limited financial and medical means. It serves approximately 2,000 clients annually in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. While its Intensive Residential Program is limited to men over 18 years old, Lifetime Recovery offers adult co-ed Outpatient Treatment services for substance use disorders that include individual and group counseling, disease concept education, relapse prevention, life skills training, job readiness, family education for up to one year. Alumni activities, connecting with the 12-step community at large and faith home of their choice is encouraged.

In December 2017, SA Youth, Inc. received $100,000 in honor of Mrs. Bessie Mae Kronkosky. The organization’s mission is to “develop the character, strengths, talents, and skills of San Antonio’s high-risk urban youth through fun, safe experiences, positive learning environments, and holistic programs that inspire each individual to fulfill their potential personally and in the community.” The SA Youth Out-of-School Time Program engages youth ages 5 to 18 in a variety of after school activities. Programs focus on character development of youth; academic improvement and educational activities; enrichment activities; social skills; career and workforce readiness; parent and family involvement; art, music and cultural awareness activities;  and nutrition education, fitness, and recreation activities. It also runs a Youthbuild Program focused on young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who have left the traditional school system by giving them the opportunity to complete their education by earning a high school diploma or GED.

 

 

 

Initiatives and Partnerships

The Foundation’s Initiatives and Partnerships focus on determining the greatest needs for which the Foundation can make a profound difference in the region it serves, and within its program areas. Initiatives are identified through research and their goals address complex community issues. Where others in our community of funders and stakeholders are leading mission-aligned, impactful projects and collaborations, the Foundation cultivates partnerships that support the success of these efforts. Through our initiatives and partnerships with key stakeholders and leaders, the Foundation aims to catalyze sustainable changes through unique and innovative solutions that produce profound good that is tangible and measurable in our communities.

In 2017, the Foundation’s Initiatives and Partnerships included:

1.  Autism Lifeline Links (ALL): ALL, now a 501 (c) 3, provides a seamless continuum of services for families dealing with autism through the use of an information-sharing platform. In 2017, ALL hired an Executive Director and conducted a full year of board and community meetings. Through its work ALL increased awareness of its services and compliant use of its platform across its partners and cultivated new partnerships. Through its coalition of partners, ALL also addressed identified issues in its referral and service delivery system. 

2.  Child Protection Initiative: This initiative focuses on addressing inefficiencies in the child protection system in Bexar County, by supporting the design, build, pilot and implementation of an information-sharing and navigation platform, that will enable real-time communication across system partners collaborating to address child sex trafficking in Bexar County. In 2017, multi-sector partners committed to participate in the initiative, and began shaping the design of the platform.  If proven successful, the platform, developed by TAVHealth and system partners, can be scaled to serve children experiencing abuse and neglect across Texas.

3. San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM): In 2017, the Foundation focused on supporting the establishment and operations of SAAACAM, a community-driven archive and museum that seeks to capture and honor the history of African-Americans in San Antonio.  In 2017, SAAACAM recruited an active board, cultivated institutional partnerships to support archive and program development, trained volunteers to collect local histories and debuted several museum exhibits at the historic Hope House.

4.  Child Sex Trafficking Initiative: In 2017, the Foundation invested in new community solutions and partnerships that directly support children and youth who are confirmed or at high-risk of being trafficked through treatment, refuge and rehabilitation.

5. Foster Care Redesign Initiative:  In 2017, the Foundation leveraged its partnerships with other funders and community leaders to financially support and sustain Family Tapestry, The Children’s Shelter’s initiative to design and implement a local effort that addresses long-standing issues in Bexar County’s foster care system.

 

Selected Additional Areas of Funding in 2017

Described in the following paragraphs are six areas of funding by the Foundation. We recognize these grantees as examples of the good work being done in many nonprofit agencies serving our communities. See the "Awarded Grants" section of this Website for a complete listing of Foundation Grants.

 

Grants Funding Services for Persons with Disabilities

Agencies serving persons with disabilities were awarded 22 grants in 2016 for a total of $1,515,000. Of that, $350,000 was awarded to agencies serving individuals with multiple disabilities. 

A $250,000 grant was awarded to TEAMability to maintain access to care for its minimally responsive, unfunded clients. Children with severe combined disabilities typically have limited speech, difficulty with mobility, hearing impairment, cognitive difficulties and extensive medical issues. Despite these barriers, these children have the ability to learn primitive skills that will help with functional and social skills. These children, at the lowest level of functionality, are not served with consistent eligibility for typical benefits because they do not appear to make progress toward stated goals over time. If it were not for TEAMability, their needs could not be served.

Children’s Association for Maximum Potential, Inc. was awarded $100,000 in 2017 in support of its programs for children with special needs. CAMP offers an accredited residential camp during the summer for individuals with special needs and their siblings.  This camp serves individuals between the ages of 5 and 50 who are typically not eligible to participate in other camps due to the severity of their disabilities. The camp activities include swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, nature, archery and arts and crafts.  Throughout the year, respite programs are offered for families who are dealing with the unremitting pressures of caring for a child with special needs.  Throughout the year, CAMP provides Parents Night Out, weekend camping trips for the children and for families and a monthly program where individuals with special needs can get together for a social activity.  All the activities provide a unique opportunity for the individuals with special needs and provide respite for their caregivers.

 

Grants Funding Prevention of Child Abuse

Child serving agencies with a focus on prevention of child abuse were awarded 18 grants in 2017 for a total of $4,325,000.

Hill Country CASA, Inc. provides trained volunteers who serve as advocates and are sanctioned by the courts to gather information to advocate for children removed by the state from the home due to abuse and/or neglect. The program provides extensive training for volunteer advocates and case supervision by professional staff. Volunteers routinely go beyond the scope of their responsibilities. It is not uncommon for them to spend additional time mentoring the child and assisting CPS caseworkers in assessing new placements for children. The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation awarded Hill Country CASA $35,000 in support of CASA advocacy in Bandera and Kendall Counties.

 

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Inc. was awarded $75,000 in support of its treatment programs for children who have been abused/neglected. RMYA provides multiple programs including: San Antonio Bridge Emergency Shelter which is staffed 24 hours a day and may receive youth at any hour of the day and the RMYA Family Counseling and Resource Center which provides individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, and life skills training for at-risk youth. The counseling services are also available to the community. The Thrift Store provides life skill training and allows the youth to shop for personal needs.  For most of the children, this is the first time they have ever had that experience. The Turning Point Transitional Living Program prepares young adults who will be ageing out of the foster care system for independent living.  The Boerne Meadowland Campus is a residential program that serves youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues. Current capacity is 80 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 17.  Residents are typically wards of the State. 

The Kendall County Women’s Shelter and the Comal County Family Violence Shelter each received grants of $50,000 in support of the services they provide to victims of domestic violence.

The Comal County Family Violence Shelter operates a 36 bed facility for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It provides services to women, children and men of all ages. These services include 24-crisis line, shelter, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, assistance with filing for child support, case-management, victim’s advocacy, transportation, information/referral and community education/prevention.

The Kendall County Women’s Shelter provides emergency shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, their children and pets. Services include crisis intervention, case management, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, life skills courses, and nutrition classes. Victims of domestic violence receive services in both residential and non-residential settings. The agency also provides community education and prevention services throughout Kendall County.

 

Grants Funding Services Related to Illnesses

Services for persons with illnesses were a major funding area in 2017. A total of $2.7 million grants were awarded to 17 organizations.

Community health centers in all four counties were awarded a total of $300,000. The New Braunfels Christian Ministries in Comal County received $75,000 in support of its medical and dental care clinic. The clinic provides free medical and dental care to qualified Comal County residents. The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic in Bandera County also received $75,000. Its services include treatment for non-emergency conditions; chronic illnesses; sexually transmitted diseases, physical examinations; women’s health concerns; pre-natal care; prescription assistance, and a wellness awareness program. It also has low-cost referral arrangements with local dentists and specialists. The Clinic pays for the first patient visit to a dentist and/or specialist.

 

This included $100,000 to Rise Recovery which offers programs that address the needs of chemically dependent youths and young adults. These programs include individual and group counseling, peer group meetings, leadership training, retreats, community service projects and chemical-free social events and activities. It also has programs that address the needs of the entire family. This program is the only local recovery and prevention program that focuses on adolescents while providing comprehensive and ongoing services free of charge.

   

Grants Funding Elderly Services

Agencies serving the elderly were provided funding in 2017 totaling $2,193,750.

The University of Texas Foundation received a total of $1,000,000 designated to purchase medical equipment for its Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease Service located at the Medical Arts and Research Center. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, constituting 60% to 80% of all dementia cases. Texas is projected to experience a 36.1% increase in the number of residents with Alzheimer’s disease, from 360,000 in 2017 to 490,000 in 2025. The Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease will off patients and families excellent comprehensive clinical care and access to breakthrough medical research, including clinical trials. Comprehensive care will include evaluation; diagnosis and counseling; disease screening; management and treatment; basic and clinical research including the latest in caregiver services; and the education of future health care providers focused on Alzheimer’s disease.

The Texas Ramp Project  was awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 for its program that provides qualification screenings, home assessments, and wheelchair ramps for low-income seniors, the indigent and persons with disabilities. The Texas Ramp Project is an all-volunteer agency. It works closely with civic organizations to recruit volunteer build team leaders and ramp build teams. Applicants are screened and all ramp projects are thoroughly reviewed to ensure the needs of the client are met. During Calendar Year 2016 the program received 464 referrals for individuals residing within the Kronkosky four counties and 173 ramps were built.

Grants of $688,750 were awarded to senior centers in Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties for general operations primarily for Meals on Wheels and related nutritional services.

The Bulverde Senior Center provides quality programs to seniors residing in western Comal County including: Health and Fitness; Social Activities; Community Service and Outreach; and Transportation. To meet the transportation needs, the Center purchased a 15 passenger bus with wheelchair lift. $30,000 of the $90,000 grant awarded was restricted to paying off the van loan.

 

Grants Funding Character Development of Youth

 

 

Yes! Our Kids Can was awarded a $750,000 grant in support of its programs to assist low-income parents and students develop the communication and education skills necessary to achieve success. The YOKC program promotes success among economically disadvantaged families by using technology to bridge the gap between school and home.  This bilingual program, which begins in first grade, utilizes fun, culturally-related songs, videos, activities and games, along with messages that reach and motivate parents 3 times per week on their smartphones. The YOKC program is innovative and if proven to be effective can be very scalable and duplicated throughout many elementary schools. 

 

An Endowment Grant of $500,000, restricted for use within the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation’s four counties of interest, was awarded to Humanities Texas. According to the TEA’s 2015-16 accountability data, students in nine of the independent school districts, located within the KCF four counties had lower than average scores in humanities subjects (i.e., reading, writing, and social studies). In fourteen San Antonio area school districts, fewer than half of the graduates were considered “college ready” in reading and writing. Humanities Texas develops and distributes high quality curriculum materials that help teachers and students learn about the aspirations and achievements of some of the nation’s greatest presidents, heroic military leaders, influential writers, and the extraordinary accomplishments of average citizens. The principal goal is to improve the humanities education of students in low performing schools and to educate students about our government’s founding principles, the leadership qualities of significant individuals at critical moments in our nation’s history, and the literary and cultural texts that reflect our democratic values. The program will ultimately improve students’ academic performance and deepen their interest in reading and learning. It will also stimulate character development and expand students’ capacity for self-sufficiency and active civic involvement. Humanities Texas fills a critical void, that is absent in public school districts, in the education and character development of youth.

 

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas provides program services to at-risk and/or low income students include: character development through the Character Counts Curriculum; supportive guidance; health referrals and access; transportation; academic support; career awareness; parental involvement; suicide prevention; and enrichment activities. Home visits are conducted and the CIS SCT representative proactively works with parents to get them involved with their children. CIS SCT was awarded $75,000 for programs in Comal County.

 

 

Thru Project received $20,000 for its Foster Youth Mentor Program. This program fills a gap in the need to provide youth aging out of foster care with the skills, confidence and connections to prepare them to succeed in an unstructured environment by recruiting adult volunteers who have a desire to mentor and provide advice to these youth. The volunteer advisors help them navigate the maze of private, state and federal programs and assist them with education, employment, healthcare and housing. They also advocate for the youth when needed.

 

 

Grants Funding Arts and Culture

Arts and culture funding in 2017 totaled $2,153,837 for 21 organizations ranging from individual arts activities to libraries and museums.

 

 Musical Bridges Around the World, Inc. was awarded a $75,000 in support of its musical programs and young people's concerts. Musical Bridges provides free concerts to the community with a focus of uniting people through concerts which highlight cultural differences. The groups that perform are nationally and internationally recognized performers and will cover various genres.  During the 2015/2016 season, The Kids Concerts had 54 performances and reached over 50,000 students.  These performances are educational and interactive.  There are roughly 116 schools on a wait list for the Kids Concerts.  The Golden Age program takes free performances to various retirement communities. It is estimated that 25-35 Golden Age concerts will be held this year. The agency also holds 5 concerts annually at the San Fernando Cathedral.  These concerts are free and open to the public. A meet the artist reception is held after each concert.  In February 2017, the agency held its annual International Music Festival.  During the 10 day event, free concerts were held at different venues in the community. While the performers are in town, many of them will offer master classes to local students or visit local schools.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio  was awarded a $100,000 grant for its operations. The YOSA Orchestral Music Education Program provides orchestral, educational and performance opportunities for young musicians. It includes weekly rehearsals; sectional coaching by professional musicians; an extensive concert schedule; master class opportunities; summer string camp; outreach performances in other communities; plus national and international concert tours. During the regular season students are placed in one of nine ensembles. Tuition assistance is available for young musicians who participate in YOSA orchestras and Summer Symphony Camp. YOSA School Partnerships are offered at no cost to school districts, schools, and students. A new program, YOSA Invitational, will give 16 local school bands the chance to record and perform in the Tobin Center H-E-B Performance Hall.

 

Grants Funding Assistance for Victims of Disasters

BCFS Health and Human Services received $500,000 to assist efforts in the Texas Coastal Bend region devastated by Hurricane Harvey. With Kronkosky funding BCFS provided disaster relief expertise, selected nonprofits best able to provide disaster relief services, put into place the accountability procedures to ensure proper use of funds, and monitored nonprofits through field visits and weekly reports.

 


Accountability and Evaluation

Each of the grants made by the Foundation has accountability requirements. Financial reports, including budget to actual comparisons on project budgets and annual financial statements, are required on all grants and are timely submitted by our grantees. In addition, all but the smallest grants require an evaluation report, a self-assessment of the effectiveness of the grantees’ work funded by the Foundation. The sophistication of the evaluations varies with the size and experience of the organization. Summaries of the evaluation reports are shared on our website in the Evaluation Section.

We implemented a requirement in 2010 that requires nearly all of the Foundation’s applicants be GuideStar Exchange Program Members to be eligible for grant consideration. The purpose of this requirement is to increase the transparency of area nonprofit organizations and to reduce materials normally requested as a part of grant proposals. The Foundation is also a GuideStar Exchange Program Member. Ours and our grantees’ reports may be accessed at www.guidestar.org.


 

At the end of 2017, the Foundation’s investments totaled $374 million, up $35 million from last year after grant payments and operating expenses. At December 31, 2017, the Foundation’s investments were in several asset classes, including 62% in equities, 22% in fixed income investments, and 16% in other investments. The Foundation experienced a 16.15% overall total return on investment after fees. Bank of America manages the investment portfolio.

The Foundation had $5 million of committed and contingent grants at year-end; all are scheduled for payment in 2018. New grants to be awarded for 2018 are expected to be about $12 million.

We are excited about the programs that were funded in 2017 and look forward to seeing their results. Many of the grantees are long-term partners with us and their continued excellence is heart-warming.

We work hard to make the Foundation a friendly place where every potential grantee feels welcome. At the same time, we carefully evaluate each grant to ensure that Foundation funds are well spent and used in ways that are consistent with the wishes of the Kronkoskys. We continue to learn and refine our procedures and processes to improve our responsiveness and effectiveness.

One of the Foundation goals is also to help organizations that are struggling to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, find methods to create efficiencies that work to assure the need is met. While we are actively assessing grant requests received almost daily, we are also analyzing within the Foundation’s charitable purposes where proactive efforts may be desirable and consistent with our Mission…to produce profound good that is tangible and measurable…by funding programs that support the Kronkoskys’ charitable purposes.

I thank our Distribution Committee and staff for their excellent efforts on behalf of all of us who live in the four-county area.

 

J. Tullos Wells
Managing Director
January 2018