Alamo Gives Back – Employee Giving 2021

More than Giving. Giving Back.

Thank you for your support of Alamo GIVES BACK, the Alamo Colleges employee giving campaign. Last year, we raised a record-breaking $281,940 for our students and community! Through our collective impact, 100% of the funds raised directly supported students through the Alamo Colleges Foundation or members of our community through United Way partner agencies and the Arts Fund.

While 2020 posed many challenges, our community is still continuing to heal from the economic fallout of the pandemic and issues concerning social equity and difficulty accessing resources. Join us as we encourage everyone to give back what they can, and help us to be a majority-donor workplace once again. Your gift will go a long way in improving lives right here in San Antonio and Bexar County.


Many Ways to Give Back to our Students and Community

By giving a gift today, you’ll be creating opportunities for local community members that otherwise may not exist. Alamo GIVES BACK allows you to contribute to three essential causes that improve the quality of life throughout our community:

  • Alamo Colleges Foundation, to promote student success through scholarships and vital support programs, like the Advocacy Center network, AlamoPROMISE, and many more

  • United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, providing funding to service agencies that directly serving our local community, including our students

  • The ArtsFund, which supports the arts and arts education for children in Bexar County.


Alamo Colleges Foundation Funds

United Way Partner Agencies

ArtsFund Info

Alamo Colleges Top 5 Funding Priorities

Log on via your ACES Account to Give Back

Campaign Dates: August 16 - October 31, 2021

Give Today Via Your ACES Account

Once you log in to your ACES account, go to the “Employee” tab and click on the image for Alamo GIVES BACK to log in via the pledge portal.

Alamo GIVES BACK Pledge Form


Questions? Contact an Employee Giving Campaign Lead!

Contact us at or message your college campaign lead for employee giving.

NLC – Rudy Farias ( or Sylvia Davis (

NVC – Lisa McGoldrick (

PAC – Gaston Cantu (

SPC – Bryan Chase (

SAC – Letty Adams ( or Lauren Sjulin (

DSO/All colleges – Richard Farias ( or Cindy Sullivan (


Employee Giving FAQs

What is the Annual Employee Giving Campaign?

The Campaign, now called Alamo GIVES BACK, invites all Alamo Colleges employees to consider an annual philanthropic gift to support our students, programs, and the local community we serve. Giving is a personal decision and participation is voluntary.

When is the Employee Giving Campaign?

Each fall, Alamo GIVES BACK begins with Convocation and lasts for several weeks. For 2021, the campaign timeline is August 16 – October 29.

What are my options for giving?

There are three main areas of support:

  • Student scholarships, student advocacy centers, college programs, AlamoPROMISE and emergency assistance through the Alamo Colleges Foundation. There are dozens of funds to choose from, including districtwide and college-specific options.
  • Vital services to San Antonio and Bexar County’s families, children, students, and individuals through United Way impact and community partner agencies. There are over 60 partner agencies.
  • Arts education and arts-focused learning opportunities through The Arts Fund.
Where can I find a list of giving opportunities and who can I reach out to at my campus if I have questions?

Visit to download the PDF of all giving options. You can also find the name and contact information for the campaign lead(s) at your campus or through the Alamo Colleges Foundation.

Will my gift “stay here” and support someone locally?

Yes! All gifts received in the Employee Giving Campaign support local cause(s) and people in our community.

How much of my gift really goes to support the cause I choose? Are there processing or other fees?

100% of your gift goes directly to the cause(s) you select!

What if I want to give to a different cause than the opportunities listed?

While there are many important charities, the options selected for the Employee Giving Campaign align closely with the mission of the Alamo Colleges District—to “empower our diverse communities for success.” These options are focused on education and a fostering sustainable quality of life for all within our community.

How can I participate in the Employee Giving Campaign?

Gifts may be made in one of four ways. To download a pledge form, visit

  • Cash – submit with a pledge form and give directly to a campaign lead at your campus
  • Check – submit with a pledge form and give to a campaign lead or mail the check and form to the Alamo Colleges Foundation (address on form)
  • Credit card – log in to United Way’s giving portal (accessible via ACES - Employee Tab)
  • Payroll deduction (PRD) – Complete a pledge form or by log in to United Way’s giving portal (accessible via ACES - Employee Tab) to customize the amount, designation and frequency for your gift.
Why are all gifts paid to United Way, even if I am giving to an Alamo Colleges Foundation fund or the Arts Fund?

We partner each year with United Way, who serves as the clearinghouse to streamline the campaign. 100% of each gift is designated per the donor’s intent.

When does payroll deduction (PRD) occur?

Over 75% of Alamo Colleges employees choose PRD each year as the simplest way to give. PRD gifts are processed starting with the employee’s first paycheck in January 2022. You may select anywhere between 1-24 pay periods. Deductions are made in order, so if you select 12 pay periods, it will be the first 12 pay periods of the year, not one deduction per month.

Are payroll deductions taken out of my paycheck pre-tax or after-tax?

PRD gifts occur after-tax, as federal law does not allow for charitable donations through payroll deduction to be processed pre-tax.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

Donations to the Employee Giving Campaign are tax-deductible as allowed by current IRS regulations. Please consult with your tax advisor for information relevant to your personal tax situation.

If I gave last year, will my gift be renewed automatically be renewed this year?

No. If you gave last year, your gift is not automatically renewed through the campaign. Each employee has the opportunity to opt-in by choice each year.