Arts, Culture, and Humanities


Discover your river

aka San Antonio River Foundation

San Antonio, TX


The Mission of the San Antonio River Foundation is to enhance the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience.

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Executive Director

Robert Amerman

Main Address

P.O. Box 830045

San Antonio, TX 78283 USA


public art, public park, river enhancements, habitat restoration, trails, wildlife protection, stewardship, education, health and wellness, economic impacts, environment, community impacts





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Confluence Park

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Our goals surround vibrancy and engagement. In instilling a greater sense of ownership in children, citizens, and visitors we can achieve better outcomes in the water quality and the ecological health along the length of our river.

Strategy, Mission, and Vision cannot exist without Execution. Our Foundation is structured for the execution and implementation of our overarching Strategic Plan and 3-year Rolling Plans. Using agile development methodologies, our lean organization —only 5 staff deploying millions of dollars in projects— interplays between larger local, state, and national partnerships; Board engagement; community outreach, and volunteer opportunities.

We have proven the Foundation's capabilities since our organization's founding in 2003. As of 2017, we have deployed over $37,000,000 in projects for the betterment of our communities and our citizens. Our overall partnership surrounding the San Antonio River Improvements Project required $384,000,000 in capital partnerships. Independent studies have shown that these partner-projects have generated over $1,000,000,000 in adjacent private development and positive economic impact.

Targeted committee structures, leading edge project management software, as well as database driven constituent management systems, allow our Fondation to achieve its goals and keep its stakeholders informed throughout our development and implementation processes.

Our organization is structured around milestones, measurements, and metrics. Our project management systems allow the Foundation to automate notifications, calendarization, and role assignments across our broad range of project and event types. We also request independent assessments of our work in three key areas: 1) Through fiscal audits by outside consultants, 2) Visitation tracking metrics adjacent to and in proximity of our public projects, and 3) Quarterly partner assessment reviews of our progress by agencies parallel to our mission.

We have successfully completed $26,000,000 in public amenity projects. The San Antonio River Foundation has donated these works back to our city and county partners. We are also partnering and deploying Educational and Ecological outreach partnerships within the river basin; the capital return on these projects is yet to be measured though targeted at the awareness of our future generations.

We are currently on-track for accomplishing our next major milestone: the completion of the $13,000,000 Confluence Park. This park is a public space with the goal of encouraging thoughtful environmental stewardship. Though not yet accomplished, we are well underway for completion of construction by the end of 2017 with our educational outreach programming scheduled to begin in 2018.

We continue to strive to accomplish our goals of awareness, outreach, and engagement.

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