We get a lot of questions about the community’s vision and our organization. After all, SA2020 and what’s happening in San Antonio are both pretty unique. We’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions below. Still have a question? Get in touch with us!
How did this whole thing get started?
In 2010, then-Mayor Julián Castro launched a community-wide visioning process to help outline priorities for San Antonio over the next decade. In partnership with a Steering Committee of 25 San Antonians, and through a series of public meetings, online chat sessions, and surveys, nearly 6,000 San Antonians from across the city shaped a shared vision for our community by the year 2020. Together, we defined community results and identified measures of success.
And then you…became a nonprofit?
After leading the most successful public engagement process in the city’s history and creating this sweeping vision, our community knew that we couldn’t leave the report on a shelf and walk away. SA2020, the vision, became SA2020, the nonprofit driving progress toward that shared vision for a thriving San Antonio.
As a nonprofit organization, SA2020 is able to independently and objectively track progress on all of the community goals, inform and activate the public, and align efforts toward our shared goals.
How do you collect your data? Like…where does it come from?
Today, SA2020 tracks 62 community indicators. We make them available with the help of our data partner, CI:Now and through more than 29 data sources. There is no other organization transparently reporting on San Antonio’s progress in this way.
I’m really concerned about ____. Can you track that, too?
While our community results and indicators that measure the progress toward those results were prioritized by the San Antonio public, SA2020 is committed to continuously getting better at telling our community’s complete story. Over the years, we have added indicators that Partners have identified as crucial to sharing progress on our desired Community Results, and even shifted the way we measure something to make sure we are always telling the most complete story. We’re always open to reporting on new indicators if they’re important to our community results. But we stay at the Community Indicator level, meaning the indicators we track should be at population level.
What does SA2020 do exactly?
SA2020 promotes and facilitates a systems-driven strategy. For us, this means stakeholders across the city – funders, public sector, private sector and nonprofit organizations – must agree to address our city’s most pressing challenges. As such, the eleven SA2020 Community Results and 62 Community Indicators provide a common agenda and shared measurement for this alignment. This gives individuals and organizations a shared understanding of where we currently stand and where we want to go. SA2020 manages a multi-sector, citywide ecosystem, coordinating differentiated approaches and frameworks that allow stakeholders to co-create the future.
About SA Tomorrow…how is that different from SA2020?
The City of San Antonio leads SA Tomorrow, a city planning effort to guide San Antonio toward smart, sustainable growth. The SA Tomorrow plans focus on progress in the City’s purview, like infrastructure and land use, and these efforts might very well move the needle on some of our trickier community results (like Environmental Sustainability and Transportation).
Hang on…so you’re not part of the City?
Nope. We work with the City — they are an integral partner to achieving our shared community results. We do receive some funding from the City, about 20% of our budget, but the City is like so many of our other partners, working with SA2020 to align their efforts toward your community results.
How can I get involved in SA2020?
If you’re an individual…
- Find an SA2020 Partner, over 150 nonprofit organizations whose efforts impact our community results. Give your time, talent, or dollars to these organizations and know your involvement will move the needle on the goals we set together.
If you’re a nonprofit…
- Become an SA2020 Partner and align your organization outcomes to community results and show how you’re moving the needle on our collective vision.
If you’re a corporate or philanthropic leader…
- Does your company or foundation need help aligning your dollars to the big picture to show your impact? We’re in to help! Email info@SA2020.org.
Wanna join the SA2020 Community Circles and help support the organization driving your community vision? Click here.
What happens in 2020?
Our staff takes a long nap.
Just kidding. We have no plans to go anywhere. San Antonio is the only large city in the country that has a Community Vision written by the people who call the city home, a separate nonprofit organization that holds us accountable to that vision, and more than 180 multi-sector organizations actively aligned to that vision.
In 2020, SA2020 will reaffirm and strengthen San Antonio’s shared Community Vision with the most ambitious community engagement strategy our city has ever seen. San Antonio has seen great momentum over the last decade. We can’t wait to envision the next ten years together.