Andeavor Recognized for Philanthropic Leadership
Unique Fellows Program Focuses on Sustaining Nonprofits in San Antonio
In 2015, Jared Skok, Executive Director of the Andeavor Foundation, approached the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) to discuss an ever looming challenge in the nonprofit world – and an outside-the-box idea.
Today, a significant number of nonprofits are led by CEOs with fewer than three years in an executive role, and studies have found that these emerging leaders are more likely than their established counterparts to experience burnout, isolation and dissatisfaction. Some leave the field altogether.
Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Director of Capacity Building at the SAAF, knows first-hand how nonprofits often lack the capacity to properly cultivate homegrown talent – a vulnerability that threatens these organizations’ ability to do the vital work that touches so many lives.
As volunteers, sponsors, partners, and members of the community, Andeavor and its employees have a deep, vested interest in the success of these organizations.
From this common passion, the Andeavor Leadership Fellows Program was created to inspire, mentor, develop and sustain nonprofit executives. Now in its second year, the unique nine-month program brings together a select cohort of executives and senior staff from a range of nonprofits to provide not only the tools they need to successfully and confidently lead their organizations, but also a peer network they can leverage for years to come.
Andeavor is extremely proud of the positive feedback this partnership program has received and to see the broadening impact of our community investment, as graduates use their skills to position their organizations for the future and continue evolving to address the needs of our community.
For this work, along with the $1.4 million and thousands of volunteer hours Andeavor and its employees invested in organizations in San Antonio this year, we are honored to have been nominated by SAAF and recognized as Corporate Philanthropist of the Year at the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy & Nonprofit Awards, presented by the San Antonio Business Journal. Receiving such strong support and testimony from our community partners – like, Communities in Schools - San Antonio, Girls, Inc., SASTEMIC, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and the Witte Museum – is a truly important measure of our success.
Learn more about Andeavor's community investment approach and activities in our 2016 Community Investment Report: