Mr. Acevedo is tasked with growing the philanthropic assets of the San Antonio Area Foundation—a regional community foundation facilitating the charitable goals of donors for community benefit. Mr. Acevedo works with individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations to establish donor funds that support nonprofits and scholarships. He partners with professional financial advisors, wealth managers, estate planners, and investment advisors to find tax-efficient charitable solutions that allow donors to maximize their giving and minimize the back-office administration of their philanthropy. In 2014, the San Antonio Area Foundation was named the "Outstanding Foundation" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-San Antonio Chapter, and in 2015, the Area Foundation was the beneficiary of the 2nd largest charitable gift in the U.S. ($605M from John L. Santikos).
Mr. Acevedo drives the Area Foundation’s engagement with diverse communities through donor education programs, organizational partnerships, donor advised fund development, individual consultations and strategic planning. His work in “inclusive philanthropy” has been featured on panels hosted by the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Council on Foundations, and Luminaria—a regional incubator for stimulating artistic and economic development. Mr. Acevedo was named the 2017 Advocate of the Year by the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining the San Antonio Area Foundation, Mr. Acevedo worked for 25 years as a nonprofit executive and consultant in resource development, communications, and operations. He has assisted organizations with annual fundraising and capital campaigns; brand development and public relations; and nonprofit start-up, strategic planning, and business operations. Mr. Acevedo has worked with local and national organizations engaged in education, immigrant civil rights, leadership development, low-income housing, public finance, fine arts and technology.
Mr. Acevedo earned his B.A. in English from Yale and an M.A. from the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, UT-Austin. He is a Board Member of the San Antonio Book Festival, volunteers for St. Matthew Catholic Church, and has led alumni steering committees for UT-Austin and Yale. Mr. Acevedo participated in Leadership San Antonio XXXIV (LSA 34) and has written for The Rivard Report (therivardreport.com).