SAN ANTONIO FOR GROWTH ON THE EASTSIDE INC

aka SAGE   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.sagesa.org

Mission

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) is a non-profit organization serving as an economic development resource for current business owners and potential new businesses moving into our community. Through partnerships, alliances and resources, SAGE focuses on development that mutually benefits the quality of life for individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses on San Antonio’s Eastside.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Mrs. Tuesdae Knight

Main address

220 Chestnut

San Antonio, TX 78202 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Economic Revitalizaiton Agency (CERA)

EIN

74-2876270

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Located in San Antonio, Texas, the Eastside Promise Zone (EPZ) is one of the most distressed communities in America. It has a community infrastructure, both built and social, that is decaying and further driven by 76% of the population within the low to moderate income bracket. EPZ residents feel their community is confronted by the following challenges that have constrained economic gains in the community 1) low levels of educational attainment among children/adults; 2) high crime rates, a tense relationship with local law enforcement, and misrepresentation of the community in the media; 3) limited and inefficient transit services, which isolates the community from the broader San Antonio region; and 4) lack of curb appeal in the community which is an obstacle to attracting new residents and private investment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Financial Assistance Programs

The cornerstone of our Financial Assistance programs is the Store-Front Grant Program, which provides qualified businesses an opportunity to grow and improve with matching grants of up to $20,000. The first $10,000 must be spent on façade improvement. The second $10,000 may be spent on interior renovations and/or equipment/technology upgrades.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our ultimate goal is the revitalization of the Eastside of San Antonio. SAGE will address the following 6 goals through a collective impact approach:

1) Continue to reduce crime and improve public safety in the EPZ
2) Increase the kindergarten readiness of children ages 0-4 in the EPZ
3) Ensure students from the hardest to serve families that attend any school in the EPZ achieve at a higher academic level and advance to higher education
4) Improve the quality of life for those that live, work and worship in the EPZ
5) Improve the economic circumstances of low- and moderate-income people in the EPZ
6) Strengthen the institutions and community facilities that are needed to achieve social impact in the EPZ

SAGE implements several economic development and organizational capacity building programs to generate economic reinvestment on the Eastside. The Store Front Grant Program assists new or existing business owners on the Eastside to make exterior renovations and equipment upgrades, supporting revitalization along the Eastside’s commercial corridors. The Grow Eastside Fund provides loan funds to existing small businesses looking to expand, generating economic development within the community. Through our Equity Fund, SAGE invests in small businesses expanding or locating to the Eastside, supporting job growth for low income individuals. Also, SAGE provides capacity building, administrative, and technical support to community-based Non-Profit organizations (NPOs).

SAGE utilizes these approaches by augmenting our core competency of economic development as a coordinator and connector among city agencies, NPOs, businesses, and community members to sustain current economic development and community reinvestment efforts. Community leaders in San Antonio have recognized SAGE’s key role in capacity building, as a “community quarterback” agency, to lead the sustainability efforts for the next stage of the investment initiative. SAGE works to re-energize private market activity, increase business investment, commercial real estate rehabilitation, and new job creation to create a more vibrant community.

How does SAGE continue to impact the Eastside Promise Zone (EPZ)?

1) Small business assistance: Since 2010, SAGE has awarded 107 Store-Front grants valued at over $1.8 M that impacted 589 jobs, while creating 392 new jobs for the Eastside community. These grants leveraged over $4 million in private investment. Twelve Choice Façade Improvement grants (through SAHA) awarded, valued at $262,000, impacting 201 jobs and creating 36 new jobs. In addition to our grant programs, the SAGE Grow Eastside Fund continued to be fully capitalized. The businesses that received equity investments from the SAGE Equity Fund created 40 new jobs.

In 2018 SAGE had over 850 technical assistance contacts with area businesses. Through our Community Development and Capacity Building efforts, SAGE held a Non-Profit Funding Symposium to bring together NPOs and funders from the public, corporate, and philanthropic sectors.

2) Non-profit organizations (NPO): Recognizing that there is not a strong ecosystem of NPO’s that are native to the community, we accepted the challenge to build capacity in this area.
Through the Non-Profit Funding Symposium mentioned above, we had attendance by 100 local NPO’s and businesses, with 5 panels discussions with 15 funders. A specific example of direct support, SAGE helped the Ella Austin Community Center secure a grant of over $60k from the HEB Tournament of Champions program, designating it as a community service site for the day with over 250 volunteers.

3) Community building/development: In 2018, the City Office of Eastpoint was absorbed by SAGE, therefore, the work, development and implementation of the collective impact model designed to sustain the revitalization of the Eastside will continue under our purview. As the collective impact coordinator, SAGE created a team of stakeholders to set priorities until the end of the designation in 2024. These partners include The City of San Antonio, District 2 and 3, United Way, SAISD, Alamo Colleges, Goodwill, SAHA, St Philip’s College, Frost Bank, VIA, Workforce Solutions Alamo, SAPD, SAFD, HUD and several community leaders.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SAN ANTONIO FOR GROWTH ON THE EASTSIDE INC

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Melvin

Limitless Capital

Robert Melvin

Limitless Capital

Juan Mata

Wittig's Office Interiors

JoAnn Sosa

Valla Design Group

Jeffrey Arndt

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Stephanie Ashe

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Shawn Eddy

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Kevin Fausz

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Adrian Jackson

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Sandra Villasenor

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No