SAN ANTONIO JUNIOR FORUM

San Antonio, TX   |  www.sajuniorforum.org

Mission

The mission of SAJF is to strengthen civic, educational and philanthropic awareness among women as they strive to serve those in need through service to non-profit charitable organizations, provision of financial assistance to students seeking higher education and provision of philanthropic grants to non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area.

Ruling year info

1968

President

Andrea Ruhl

Main address

P.O. Box 781152

San Antonio, TX 78278 USA

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EIN

74-6090055

NTEE code info

(Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way) (T70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Innovative fundraising, membership recruitment and retention, collection of more detailed metrics, board development.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Grants

Grant applications may be submitted each year by tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations with locally independent chapters in Bexar or its adjacent counties. Applications are accepted from non-profits seeking funding of $2,500 or less for specific projects that benefit economically, emotionally and/or physically disadvantaged individuals. Organizations interested in submitting a grant application should review the grant application and guidelines posted on the SAJF website. Grant applications are reviewed and selected by the SAJF Grants Committee and approved by the SAJF Board and are approved based on the following criteria: project's ability to serve an adequate number of individuals, its potential for success and originality, project's ability to address a critical need in the community, and its ability to improve the quality of life for individuals in the community.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships, Age groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020-2021 - $10,172.95 awarded; $9,172.95 funded

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. Membership - recruitment (5 new members/year); retention (0 members not renewing annually)
2. Fundraising - yearly signature fundraiser or consistent small fundraisers
3. General Metrics - additional metrics to those collected currently (total volunteer hours to the community, total dollar value of service to community)
4. Board Development - greater Board turnover, addition of Advisory Board, formal nonprofit education
5. Communication - increase social media presence, routine impact reports to members, Impact Statement to community
6. Scholarships - increase awareness of donor opportunities
7. Grants - increase knowledge of grant opportunities for nonprofits

Membership retention - provide members educational opportunities through visiting nonprofit organizations funded, serving on committees to more fully understand the importance of policy and procedure in nonprofit management. Member opportunities to provide input to Board on proposed improvements, to serve on Junior Forum Inc. Board of Directors and/or to attend state wide conferences where education, fun and learning from other Junior Forum chapters across the state are maximized. Dues are purposely kept low, new members are not asked to take on leadership roles unless desired, members are provided shirts and instructional materials on SAJF. Collection of metrics - assign one person to collect the following metrics: number independent organizations served, number of facebook followers, number of new website page views, average number of dollars per person served, number of people on email list. Fundraising - hire fundraising expert, solicit donations for named scholarships, grant writing, online fundraising opportunities. Board development - board education through SA Area Foundation, Women's Leadership Conference, Chamber of Commerce networking, annual luncheon/impact event. Communications - assign one person to write impact reports for members/ community quarterly, continue to update facebook website, add instagram account, implement strategies for increased website hits. Scholarship - Foundation solicitation, continue to give donors opportunity for recognition, continue annual recognition event. Grants - continue to add 5 nonprofits to inform of grant opportunities/year, annual recognition event, continue community engagement through United Way, Express News Community Events Calendar and Texas Public Radio.

Capabilities are based on increased number of members that are active in the organization. Currently we have a lot of sustaining members but few active members. We must continue to promote that we are a working Board and that everyone must contribute to every day functioning of the organization. All members must be asked to contribute financially to the organization. In asking each member to contribute in a small way, members will gain greater ownership in the organization and open themselves up to more learning opportunities. Capabilities are also based on having the funds to retain experts when needed to educate or complete tasks like fundraising or social media exposure.

Yearly weekend Board retreat is planned to review goals for 2021-2022 and to prepare a formal strategic plan. Membership recruitment events (Lunch and Learn/Sip and See/Vintage Marketplace Shop and Lunch) are in the planning phases for fall membership recruitment. Membership retainment events like Friendsgiving, Holiday party and monthly Social Suppers are planned to increase number of members to better get to know each other and new members. One Board member is assigned to collect metrics for 2021-2022. Notice for Donor Scholarship opportunities posted on SAJF website in July. Website routinely updated with Grants, Scholarship and Service impacts to the community. Expanded usage of United Way Bexar Necessities Electronic Bulletin Board, Texas Public Radio and San Antonio Express News Community Events calendar for membership recruitment and service opportunities for nonprofits as well as current usage for public postings of grants, scholarships and service to community.

Financials

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Operations

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

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SAN ANTONIO JUNIOR FORUM

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrea Ruhl

Elizabeth Fox

Sharon Smith

Sylvia Rendon

Cathy Raley

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.