Director’s Report


The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is pleased to report on its year ended December 31, 2016. 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 2016, 136 grants totaling $16.2 million were approved for 113 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 2016, the Foundation has made grants totaling $250.4 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 2016, Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas received a $100,000 grant in honor of Mr. Albert Kronkosky, Jr. The Center was founded in 1997 with the mission to foster healing for grieving youth, their families, and the community through peer support programs, training, counseling, and education. A key focus is to help the grieving children develop healthy coping skills, while preserving family relationships. The Center provides several programs like peer-support groups, individual and family counseling to those needing support outside of a group setting, these services are given at no cost. Other aspects include; school-based grief support services for at-risk teens, “Camp Heroes”, an on-site, overnight grief camp held at the Center and “Camp Kangaroo.”

This past August 2016 the Center participated in an in-depth, national research-based initiative to help develop evidence based assessment and treatment. CBC was chosen as one of 10 cities across the country.
 

In December 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas received $100,000 in honor of Mrs. Bessie Mae Kronkosky. The organization’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better. Mentors serve as positive adult role models, demonstrating and encouraging healthy behaviors and deliberately fostering targeted developmental assets based on each child’s needs. Big Brother Big Sister of South Texas not only stays current with the best practices in the field of mentoring, it is often a trendsetter in creating new and meaningful philosophy that positions new programs for success. As of January 2016 there were 1,413 mentoring relationships active.

 

 

Initiatives and Partnerships

 The Foundation’s Initiatives and Partnerships program will 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 will be identified through such processes as assessment and evaluation programs, and community discussions. Working with strategic planning and analytics, a collaboration infrastructure can be designed to attack gaps in services, recruiting resources to develop a collective impact effort between the Foundation, other funders, legacy gifts, and the community at large.

 The Foundation’s Initiatives and Partnerships programs has focused on (1) providing a seamless continuum of services for families dealing with autism (autismlifelinelinks.org); (2) understanding the community’s perspectives on child protection in Bexar County and attending to inefficiencies in the system; and (3) providing resources for collaboration and infrastructure supports.


Selected Additional Areas of Funding in 2016

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 $75,000 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.

 In 2016 the Foundation with guidance of Grants Manager, Molly Dupnick helped orchestrate a merger between two extraordinary organizations here in San Antonio. On August 1st Hands On formally came under the umbrella of Mission Road Ministries to continue to provide residential care and day activities for persons who are deaf-blind with multiple disabilities. Programs operate 24-hrs a day 365 days a year, providing individual training to enhance skills. Other services include assisted living, nursing service, case management, behavior support, environmental accessibility, physical therapy, occupational therapy, intervener services and mobility assessment and training. Individualized training is provided for each client to enhance the skills in the areas of communication, personal care, daily living skills and recreation. Sensory stimulation is provided through arts and crafts, massage and touches therapy, exercise and play activities. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment possible while promoting the safety, care and welfare of the client. Most clients will come to this agency and will remain for the duration of their life. The plan merging these two organizations will improve the housing program that is currently in place, and will expand the services provided.


Grants Funding Prevention of Child Abuse

In 2016 the Foundation awarded the last Precious Minds, New Connections grants with a total $1,430,083. In addition, $1,160,000 was awarded in grants to 16 agencies focused on treatment, prevention, and transitional living.

Child Safe provides expert care and specialized services to children and teenagers who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect or sexual abuse.

It also offers a safe, child-friendly environment where a multi-disciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and medical and mental health professionals can share information and coordinate strategies sensitive to the needs of a child. In order to sustain rapid growth they needed to increase its ability to fundraise. They were awarded a $120,000 grant for their Development Department Expansion.

McKenna Management received $125,000 grant to continue a parenting program in the New Braunfels area. The Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. was awarded a $75,000 grants to continue addressing the needs of victims of domestic violence. FVPS served approximately 8,000 individuals, including over 7,000 adult and child victims of domestic violence.


Grants Funding Services Related to Illnesses

Services for persons with illnesses were a major funding area in 2016. A total of $2.4million grants were awarded to 23 organizations.

In 2016 the Foundation awarded $1 million facilities grant was awarded to The Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation. The transformation of the Santa Rosa Hospital into the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is part of a multiyear comprehensive capital project to transform the downtown campus. They implemented new construction and renovation to transform the campus into facilities and services exclusively for children. To better service the continuing growing population in the San Antonio area.

The Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP). This organization provides safe and fun-filled recreational experiences for individuals with special needs. CAMP’s programs are offered during summer and school-year months, Summer Camps is a series of six-day, five-night sessions for children and adults. The programs alleviate medical, physical, developmental, social and intellectual barriers for campers by adapting all of its recreational and social activities to allow full participation. 

Community health centers in all four counties were awarded a total of $800,000 including a $500,000 operations grant for El Centro del Barrio their Indian Creek Clinic. 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.

Funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment totaled $250,000. This included $75,000 to Alpha Home offers Residential and Outpatient treatment for substance use disorder for the financially or medically indigent. Recovery is supported through client centered, cognitive-behavioral interventions and 12 step-modalities.

   

Grants Funding Elderly Services

Agencies serving the elderly were provided funding in 2016 totaling $2,106,945.

Facilities grants were awarded to Merced Housing Texas in the amount of $50,000 and the Texas Ramp Project in the amount of $50,000.  The Texas Diaper Bank received a grant of $95,000 for its operations that improve health and wellness of children and seniors with disabilities.

Grants of $410,000 were awarded to senior centers in Bandera, Comal, and Kendall County for general operations primarily for Meals on Wheels and related nutritional services.

In order to better serve the need of the Comal County community, The San Antonio Food Bank was awarded $1 million facilities grant for the construction of a New Braunfels Food Bank. This new facility intends to impact families by ensuring their food needs are met, as well as providing more long term solutions to food insecurity. They also offer programs like, support services, health, nutrition and cooking classes, budgeting, finance, and workforce development assistance, The New Braunfels Food Bank will be able to provide their clients an opportunity to return to independence and resilience through innovative training opportunities like the Culinary Training Program, which can be implemented with adequate equipment and space.

 

Grants Funding Character Development of Youth

Eleven agencies serving youth in all four counties were awarded $1,411,250 in grants.

 In 2016 the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas received a $100,000 grant for their West Side Girl Scouts Leadership Program. In her first year as CEO of the organization Angela Salinas, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) applied her 39 years of leadership experience to improve agency efficiency and financial stability. With assistance from Grants Manager, Tom McGuire and grant support from the Foundation, the Girl Scouts stabilized their West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center operations while updating their technology systems to be more efficient and compatible with Girl Scouts of America technology upgrades.

 

The Boys and Girls Club of Bandera County received $100,000 operations grant, to ensure academic success, good character and citizenship, healthy lifestyles and provide an overall safe and positive environment for all youth members. A Facilities grant of $250,000 was awarded to the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas in support of construction of a dining hall. The Diocese of West Texas continues to grow; the construction of a new dining hall enabled dining services from 125 to 360 campers and prepares meals in an efficient, flexible kitchen where they can accommodate the growing diversity of dietary needs of the campers. Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Texas received $450,000 in total grants in 2016. 

 

Grants Funding Arts and Culture

Arts funding in 2016 was a total of $1,465,000 for 15 organizations in Bexar and Kendall Counties.

The Boerne Performing Arts was awarded a $50,000 and The Magik Children Theater was awarded a $100,000 both in support of their operations.

 Gemini Ink was awarded a $50,000 grant to continue to provide creative writing workshops, seminar, classes, and a wide array of literary events in effort to build joy and excitement for the written word.

The Classic Theater of San Antonio was each awarded $50,000 in support of their operations. All of their programs include outreach to school population in the San Antonio Metro Area the Classic Theater of San Antonio presents at least one performance of each production free of charge for area school students.

The Opera Theater of San Antonio received $100,000 grant for their operations. The Opera accomplished multiple goals without sacrificing quality productions.

 


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 2016 the Foundation's investments totaled $339 million, up $4 from last year after grant payments and operating expenses. At December 31, 2016, the Foundation’s investments were in several asset classes, including 57% in equities, 24% in fixed income investments, and 19% in other investments. The Foundation experienced a 6.61% overall total return on investment after fees. Bank of America manages the investment portfolio.

The Foundation had $800,000 of committed and contingent grants at year-end; all are scheduled for payment in 2015. New grants to be awarded for 2017 are expected to be about $16 million. Audited financial statements are included on this website shortly after the audit is completed each year.

The Foundation feels very privileged to have been honored by The Center for Health Care Services as one of the top 50 individual/organizations that have done the most to help improve mental health care in our community over the last 5 decades.

We are excited about the programs that were funded in 2016 and look forward to seeing their results. Many of our grantees are long-time 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.

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

Part of the Foundation goals is also to help organizations that are struggling meeting 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.

 

J. Tullos Wells
Managing Director
January 2017