Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation

Positively impacting the lives of people

The Foundation will contribute to and support the social and economic progress of the communities in which SC and/or its employees are present to positively impact the lives of the people living and working in the communities in which Santander operates.

The Foundation’s Pillars

Our Foundation supports five philanthropic pillars for underserved communities:

Developing talent and preparing students for the workforce

Addressing personal physical modality and transportation issues that affect economic mobility

Financial literacy, job and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and innovation

Environmental and urban development, disaster relief, immediate response recovery in crisis situations

Investments addressing issues affecting justice and equity for all

SC launches initiative to bridge the digital divide

Hundreds of lower-income students and families received laptops – and a greater chance to prosper – thanks to a partnership between Santander Consumer and Dallas nonprofit Compudopt. This marks the beginning of a $35 million multi-year grant from the Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation aimed at closing the digital divide and providing financial empowerment.

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Organizations Receiving Grants

A New Leaf (Arizona) Funding will support the BankWork$ Workforce Program by enrolling 200 individuals in an eight-week career training program where they will obtain employment with financial institutions. The Assets to Opportunity Match will provide for support for post-secondary education and small business development for 60 individuals.

American Red Cross (National) Funding will power the Red Cross to assist communities and be ready to help disaster survivors at a moment’s notice and provide disaster recovery.

Builders of Hope (Texas) Funding will support the Red Bird Economic Mobility Center, which will include housing and financial counseling with the intent to increase homeownership 10% in the Red Bird area of South Dallas, as well as continue support for the West Dallas Homebuyer support center.

Bryan’s House (Texas) Grant funding will provide therapy and case management support to improve mobility for children with special needs.

Café Momentum (Texas) Funding supports the Café Momentum Internship and Education Program to serve 80+ youth during the grant period and increase intern financial literacy where 90% of interns will complete one or more workshops, open a bank account or use a budget or savings tool and 70% of interns will complete one or more restaurant rotations, qualifying them for independent employment.

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (Texas) Funding will support family and youth programming and field trips for underserved students.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Texas) Funding will support renewal of Black History Month programming which includes student experiences.

Dallas College (Texas) Funding will provide support for the Cultivate Small Business Program as a local business and mentor recruiter.

Dallas Hope Charities (Texas) Funding supports the LGBT-focused youth homeless shelter in Dallas and provides a safe and welcoming environment to grow.

Dallas Innovation Alliance (Texas) Funding will support the Digital Ambassador Program with hyper-local community anchor site locations and expansion of the Mobile Learning Lab programs with STEAM programming and Wi-Fi support.

Empowering the Masses (Texas) Funding will support three freezers for the new food pantry location and laptops and hot spots for 60 students in phlebotomy and/or community health worker certification classes.

Family Gateway (Texas) Funds will be used for emergency shelter or overflow and for housing-focused case management for families with children entering the emergency shelter program.

First Tee (Texas) Funding will support the First Tee Southeast Dallas learning center and associated programming to keep students in school and excel in life.

Genesis Women’s Shelter (Texas) Funding for the Emergency Assistance and Save to Build Program will assist women and children as they transition from crisis to stability and will provide matching funds for 20 families that have saved prior to exiting transitional housing, with a goal that 90% of clients will improve their credit score.

Innocence Project (National) Funding will support a Texas attorney to address legal issues and specifically legal issues for the wrongly accused.

Impact Ventures (Texas) Funding will support the Impact Ventures accelerator program by helping 60 women and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) owned small businesses with education, mentorship, technical assistance and access to capital.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Arizona) Funding will support building capacity toward financial stability in the “Distrito Latino” and Asian Business District, low-to-moderate income (LMI) corridors of Mesa, AZ.

National Medal of Honor Museum (Texas) Funding for this project will help construct the National Medal of Honor Museum through opening and help launch National Medal of Honor Institute programming.

New Friends New Life (Texas) Funding for the Economic Empowerment and Barrier Removal Initiative will address economic and legal barriers facing 250 adult survivors, a portion of funding will support financial literacy, employment coaching and benchmarked financial services and a portion will fund the legal advocacy clinic.

North Texas Food Bank (Texas) Funding will support renewal of the North Texas fleet grant. Fleet funding allows the food bank to transport food across 13 counties throughout a 10,000-square-mile service area managing a fleet of eight box trucks and 11 semi-trailers.

Pasco Economic Development Council (EDC) (Florida) The Pasco EDC will use this grant to support the local entrepreneur ecosystem specifically as it relates to women, minority and veteran-owned businesses and startups through a scholarship opportunity of up to $3,600 per recipient.

POETIC (Texas) Grant funding will help equip youth to avoid the cycle of revictimization and move forward by increasing healthy coping skills, while creating pathways toward financial independence.

Quality of Life Foundation (Texas) Funding will support renewal of the Quality of Life grant for the economic development and well-being of citizens of the Dallas region.

Save the Family (Arizona) Funding will support Family, Adults and Children Empowerment Services to include Case Management, Career Development and parent and children’s services in a 10-month program for 550 families.

Sojourner Center (Arizona) Funding will support program supportive services for the shelter including advocacy, helplines, legal services and housing.

The Concilio (Texas) Funding will support the Parents Advocating for Student Excellence parental engagement program and the Latino Capacity Model project.

The Senior Source (Texas) Funding will support the Elder Financial Safety Money Management program which will increase financial well-being and decrease client stress from financial emergencies.

Trusted World (Texas) Funding will secure the continuation of South Dallas’ just-in-time delivery route that serves individuals within 24-48 hours of requested support by social workers, teachers and police officers.

United Food Bank (Arizona) Funding will support renewal of the fleet fuel cost grant.

UTA (Texas) Renewal of support for the UTA Rise program.

Vogel Alcove (Texas) Funding will support moving children and families from crisis to thriving through the Vogel Alcove Capital and Expansion Campaign at Red Bird that will serve approximately 100 additional children with Vogel Alcove’s childcare services.

Walls Project (Texas) Funding for the Walls Project will support the “Future Proof” program for creative services and information technology workforce development, including coding for the web, graphic design, copywriting, digital photography and IT back-office support. Funding also includes community development work creating public art.

Wheels of Success(Florida) Funding will increase the number of individuals being assisted with major car repairs and insurance and tag fees. Support also will increase and improve key client outcomes through hiring of the Client Coordinator/Case Manager to maintain client assistance.

Year Up (Texas) Funding finances in Texas for workforce development with goals of employed graduates earning a starting wage of $18 per hour and 85% would be employed or enrolled in post-secondary education within four months of graduation.

360 Eats (Florida) Support for Sustain-A-Bowl food truck curbing food insecurity and food waste in Tampa Bay, Florida.

A New Leaf (Arizona) Funding supports the BankWorks Workforce program by enrolling individuals in an eight-week career training program where they obtain employment with financial institutions and the Assets to Opportunity program which provides support for post-secondary education and small business development.

After8toEducate (Texas) Support to expand drop-in shelter hours of operation to seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with programming and staffing.

American Red Cross (National) Funding supports the national disaster responder program.

AmSkills (Florida) Support for rapid-employment career discovery bootcamp, transportation and micro-credentials/pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training in low-income areas.

Artstillery (Texas) Support of Artstillery operations to continue developing projects that address social and racial justice and equity.

Bess the Book Bus (Florida) Support for 24 Joy of Reading Pop Up Book Fairs at six Hillsborough County and Pasco County Transformation Network Schools.

Bryan’s House (Texas) Funding supports the onsite therapy program and case management to address mobility issues for children (birth to age 21) with special needs.

Builders of Hope (Texas) Support to establish the Hope Homeownership Center (HHC). HHC aims to spur economic mobility through financial and pre-homebuyer education.

Café Momentum (Texas) To facilitate expansion of their accredited High School Home School Program, curriculum and general operating expenses.

Cara Mía Theatre (Texas) Funding to support production, tour and community programming of the Crystal City play in Dallas and San Antonio.

CityYear  (Texas) Funding supports operations and a three-year-match campaign.

Community Enrichment Center (Texas) Funding for the Housing Plus and Direct Emergency Assistance and workforce development programs with a goal of improving the Financial Capability Score for participants after 12 months in the program and improving credit scores of at least 10 points per quarter for 50% of participants while also securing savings and increasing income.

Compudopt (National) Funding supports digital education, digital literacy, laptop distributions and connectivity in major metro areas in the U.S.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Texas) Funding to support Black History Month programming (in person and virtual), including concert performances, touring, outreach and student matinees.

Dallas Concilio (Texas) Funding supports the Parents Advocating for Student Excellence program and the Power of Latinos Summit which informs and educates community stakeholders about the specific needs of the Latino community as well as highlight contributions and assets.

Dallas Hope Charities  (Texas) Support for Dallas’ only transitional living center for LGBTQ+ youth ages 18-24.

Dallas Innovation Alliance (Texas) Funding supports the Digital Ambassador Program by providing access to digital services and includes a central support line/text and on-the-ground trusted community ambassadors.

Empowering the Masses (Texas) Support to hire instructors for phlebotomy and community health worker certification courses and for one new food pantry box truck.

Family Gateway (Texas) Support provides funding for emergency shelter and housing-focused case management for families with children entering the emergency shelter program.

Feeding Tampa Bay (Florida) Support for the Feeding Tampa Bay Fresh Force Program and mobile pantries in Pasco and Hernando counties.

Genesis (Texas) Funding for the Emergency Assistance and Save to Build Program assists women and children as they transition from crisis to stability and provides matching funds for 30 families that have saved prior to exiting transitional housing, with a goal that 90% of clients will improve their credit score.

Impact Ventures (Texas) Impact Ventures Accelerator Program & Inclusive Capital Fund provides training and development and funding opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses.

Innocence Project (National) Support for legal team in Texas and Exoneree Emergency Fund.

Joppy Momma’s Farm (Texas) Supports farm build out and establishes landscape design.

Jubilee Park and Community Center (Texas) Support for free workforce development, job training and employment opportunities to low-income adults in Southeast Dallas.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (Florida) Support for environmental and STEM education that provides students with an enhancement of their environmental education.

LISC (Arizona) Support builds capacity toward financial stability in the Distrito Latino low- and moderate-income (LMI) corridor of Mesa, Arizona.

Literacy Achieves (Texas) Support to educate and equip immigrants and refugees for job attainment and advancement through an adult English literacy program.

Live Love (Arizona) Funding for the construction of The Oasis community building and refrigeration and storage equipment for food within The Oasis.

Lullaby House (Texas) Funding for a transport van with fuel and maintenance to transport young women and their children.

Mesa United Way — 12 Books (Arizona) Funding supports children’s literacy initiatives for children from low-income and foster families.

Mosaic Family Services (Texas) Support for program costs at the emergency shelter for victims of family violence or human trafficking.

New Friends New Life (Texas) Funding for the Economic Empowerment and Barrier Removal Initiative will address economic and legal barriers facing 250 adult survivors. A portion of funding will support financial literacy, employment coaching and benchmarked financial services and a portion will launch a legal advocacy clinic to create a legal action plan to address barriers to employment.

North Texas Food Bank (Texas) Funding supports fleet fuel, insurance and vehicle maintenance/repair.

On the Road Lending (Florida, Texas) Funding supports outreach to the Latino market in Miami where their intention is for 95% of those served to experience an increase in their credit score (goal = minimum 70 points). Funding will also support workforce development in Dallas with two garage internships including salary, benefits and training materials.

Operation HOPE (National) Funding supports national expansion to 15 cities helping CityYear Americorps participants develop financial skills, acumen and improve credit scores.

Parkland Foundation (Texas) Funding supports the Learning and Experience Apprenticeship Program which provides recent high school graduates from LMI backgrounds a 12-week paid internship with hands-on training as Patient Financial Services Representatives.

Pasco Economic Development Council (Florida) Support for small- and minority-owned businesses via the SMARTStart business incubator and CO.STARTERS business development program.

Pasco Hernando State College (Florida) Support for the First-Generation Matching Grant Program that is matched 2:1 through the State of Florida.

POETIC (Texas) Funding supports the Entrepreneurial Institute with financial security milestones and trauma therapy and administrative office recovery from the Dallas flood.

Quality of Life Foundation (Texas) The Tomorrow Fund provides the necessary resources to drive economic development, improve education, attract talent and support infrastructure, transportation and water issues to strategically manage the region’s growth.

Reading to New Heights (Texas) Funding adds a literacy staff member that will allow 65 people wanting to learn to read to be removed from the waitlist.

Save the Family (Arizona) Funding supports Family, Adults and Children Empowerment Services to include case management, career development and parent and children’s services in a 10-month program, in addition funding will support Step Up to Independence focusing on homeless families, this 24-month program addresses stabilization, increasing savings and financial independence.

SBP (National) Support for SBP’s Rebuilding and SHARE programs in disaster-impacted communities.

Sojourner Center (Arizona) Funding provides for complete renovation of residential shelter units with trauma informed design.

Southern Dallas Progress (Texas) Funding supports the renovation and development of the Oak Cliff Entrepreneurship Center and Coffee Shop.

Tampa Bay Watch (Florida) Support empowers students to act as stewards of the Tampa Bay estuary by providing field experiences that combine classroom resources with hands-on field experiences.

Texas Women’s Foundation (Texas) Support for three giving circles for three years at Texas Women’s Foundation, the Hispanic 100, Village and Orchid Giving Circles.

The DEC (Texas) Support for the small business mentor program.

The Senior Source (Texas) Funding supports the elder financial safety and money management program for elderly who have difficulty managing financial affairs.

The Walls Project (Texas) Program support that focuses on technical workforce development and community development and engagement work in DFW.

The Well (Florida) Funding supports entrepreneurs with critical resource business skills and mentorship to accelerate the growth and stability of social enterprises.

TR Hoover CDC (Texas) Funding supports TR Hoover’s Tech Kitchen and Café workforce development program which will feed the community and engage young students to work in the culinary arts.

Trey Athletes (at UNT Denton) (Texas) Support for UNT Athletes transitioning into workforce development and internships prior to graduation.

Trusted World (Texas) Funding maintains Trusted World Service route in South Dallas.

Undies for Everyone (National) Support for projects in Dallas and Mesa Boys and Girls Clubs and Dallas ISD.

United Food Bank (Arizona) Support covers fleet fuel and vehicle repair and maintenance securing transportation for food insecurity needs across the state.

United Way Metro Dallas (Texas) Support for the Social Innovation Accelerator BootCamp to make nonprofit agencies more efficient and effective.

United Way of Tarrant County (Texas) Support for operational costs for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program which will file tax returns at no cost for 9,550 individuals/households earning $60,000 or less.

UNT Dallas Foundation (Texas) Support for the Mobile Food Market van and transportation van for legal services in underserved DFW communities.

UNT Denton Foundation (Texas) Support for Summer Bridge PUSH Program serving former foster care youth.

UTA (Texas) Full tuition support for the UTA Rise Academy scholarships and study abroad for 20 students including materials and program support.

VNA Meals on Wheels (Texas) Funding removes 25 hungry, homebound seniors from the VNA waiting list providing food and friendship to help them age safely at home.

Vogel Alcove (Texas) Funding supports the development and build out of the social and emotional learning and support space at Vogel Alcove at Family Gateway North.

Wesley-Rankin (Texas) The Aspiring Professionals pre-apprenticeship workforce program will disrupt multi-generational poverty with technical instruction, soft skills coaching and financial support and literacy for students in 9th and 10th grades that participate through high school graduation.

Wheels of Success (Florida) Funding supports expansion of the car repair assistance and insurance program to maintain vehicle ownership for Wheels of Success clients.

Women Rock Inc. (Texas) Support for mobile breast health initiatives in South Dallas’ most unhealthy neighborhoods, increasing education and access to healthcare knowledge.

Year Up (Florida, Texas) Funding serves 80 students in Florida through the Year Up workforce development program. In Texas, funding helps launch two new accelerated program models in Year Up DFW to meet employer and student demand. This will allow for enrollment of 120 students through a new accelerated training and professional skills model.

Young Leaders, Strong City (Texas) Support for the 9th Annual Young Leaders, Strong City Teen Equity Summit and ongoing YLSC programming including scaling the Race and Money Curriculum.

Press Releases

Dec. 16, 2021 – Santander Consumer USA Foundation Awards $5.6 Million in Charitable Grants


After8toEducate (Texas) – $170,000 for capital expenses that will help provide high-quality youth services with housing, case management, mental and physical health care, life skills classes, support groups and counseling, psychiatric care, educational services through DISD, and family reunification services

Better Block Foundation (Arizona) – $70,000 for development of a Better Block project that will be developed by the Mesa, Arizona, community to serve a local neighborhood

Bonton Farm (Texas) – $75,000 to support the Bonton Transportation program, which transforms lives by disrupting systems of inequity, and provides greater physical mobility to Bonton interns

Boys and Girls Club Metro Dallas (Texas) – $50,000 to support Academic Success programs ensuring West Dallas youth progress scholastically, graduate from high school on time and are ready for post-secondary education or a career

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley (Arizona) – $100,000 to address the academic and equity gap at four Mesa Club sites – including the opening of two new Mesa school-based sites – through the Academic Success and LEAP initiatives in partnership with Mesa School District and Vista College Prep

Bryan’s House (Texas) – $100,000to provide underserved children in North Texas with assessments for specialized medical, educational and therapeutic care, and holistic support to impact greater physical mobility

Café Momentum (Texas) – $150,000 to facilitate expansion of the accredited High School Home School Program, curriculum and general operating expenses

Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL) (Texas) – $100,000 to support inclusive community-driven environmental design projects to reduce gun violence in Dallas neighborhoods where violence has affected access to education, jobs and safety

CityYear Dallas (Texas) – $200,000 and up to $500,000 each year for the next three years for a $1.5 million-dollar potential match to provide extra support for teachers and students (technology, social emotional, attendance and tutoring) to help elementary students overcome COVID-19 learning loss

Communities Foundation of Texas (Texas) – $100,000 to support nonprofits with emergency assistance and long-term recovery needs related to the weather crisis in North Texas

Community Enrichment Center (Texas) – $100,000 to support the Housing PLUS program, which extends beyond housing to engage people in employment and financial coaching leading to financial stability

Dallas Concilio (Texas) – $100,000 to build opportunities for Latino families and others by supporting the LENA Start language development program

Dallas Hope Charities (Texas) – $50,000

Dallas Innovation Alliance (Texas) – $70,000 to support DIA’s work to close the digital divide through expansion of Mobile Learning Lab programs and leadership in regional coalitions to drive infrastructural change in internet access and services

Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (Texas) – $175,000 to create a radically inclusive city by addressing race and racism through narrative change, relationship building with a Dallas racial history tour, and support for the Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation racial cohort training

Family Gateway (Texas) – $100,000 for emergency shelter/overflow when diversion is not possible to ensure families with children experiencing homelessness receive care and housing-focused case management

Food Bank of the Rockies (Colorado) – $100,000 to address food insecurity in Colorado through mobile pantries, children’s programs and senior delivery services

Genesis Women’s Shelter (Texas) – $150,000 to fund a text-enabled crisis line that will support women in crisis in instances when there are power outages

Impact Ventures (Texas) – $200,000 to provide program support and capital investment in minority-owned businesses in North Texas

Innocence Project (National) – $100,000 for justice reform and support for individuals who have been wrongfully incarcerated

Maricopa Community College-Green Flag Mesa (Arizona) – $70,000 to expand scholarships for student entrepreneurs to gain access to the education, knowledge, skills and mentoring needed to successfully launch a new business, and provide seed money to support business start-ups

Meals on Wheels Tampa (Florida) – $50,000 to increase organizational mobility and efficiency with a food distribution van that will serve homebound seniors and individuals

Mesa United Way (Arizona) – $100,000 for 3,500 children to receive access to reading materials and resources and 20 families to participate in a pilot family engagement reading program that will provide 1,000 hours of one-on-one reading engagement sessions; additionally, 120 teachers and staff at non-profit programs will receive reading tools to use in the classroom

North Texas Food Bank (Texas) – $100,000 for general operation support to NTFB’s mission of providing access to 300,000 nutritious meals for food insecure neighbors in North Texas

On the Road Lending (Texas) – $100,000 to support the Hispanic Mobility program for 100+ point credit score increases and savings of $20,000 over the life of the program for participants

Operation Tiny House (Texas) – $100,000 to support an employment project removing barriers to living-wage for Dallas County Veterans

Pasco Economic Development Council (Florida) – $100,000 to stimulate balanced and diversified growth in Pasco County by supporting small and minority-owned businesses via the SMARTStart business incubator and CO.STARTERS business development program

Patriot Paws (Texas) – $50,000 to train and provide service dogs at no cost to disabled American Veterans to help restore their physical mobility and emotional independence

POETIC (Texas) – $225,000 for expansion and support for an Entrepreneurial Institute and paid internships that will teach young women who have experienced child maltreatment, commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking how to build a business and become more independent

Southern Dallas Link (Texas) – $100,000 for the purchase of three transport vans to support the Ride to Work program for individuals in need of reliable transportation in the Southern Sector of Dallas to get to jobs that pay a living wage

Southern Sector Rising (Texas) – $100,000 to provide environmental equity to marginalized residents of Dallas by addressing environmental impact caused by industrial polluters in the Floral Farms neighborhood in Southern Dallas

United Food Bank (Arizona) – $100,000 to acquire and distribute emergency and supplemental food throughout Eastern Maricopa County, Pinal and Gila Counties, and Southern Navajo and Apache Counties, to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for thousands of low-income children, families and individuals that live in poverty

United Way Metro Dallas – $100,000 to fund the Social Innovation Accelerator bootcamp, a 40-hour curriculum designed to develop high-capacity nonprofit entities in the North Texas area and further develop their effectiveness and impact

Vogel Alcove (Texas) – $225,000 for funding for a sensory motor room, therapists and general operating expense

VNA Meals on Wheels (Texas) – $100,000 to remove hungry, homebound seniors from the VNA waiting list, and providing food and friendship to help them age safely at home

Wheels of Success (Florida) – $50,000 to support facilitation of transportation opportunities and vehicle ownership for individuals seeking stability and mobility, to sustain personal independence and keep people working

Year Up National (Arizona, Florida, Texas) – $300,000 to provide general operating support for Year Up’s direct service education and workforce development program in Dallas, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; and Tampa, Florida

Yoga4Change (Florida) – $20,000 to support the mental health needs of Veterans and other under-served communities in Tampa Bay with research-based practices

Young Leaders, Strong City (Texas) – $50,000 to equip a network of students, educators and adult allies with tools to analyze, advocate and dismantle systemic racism in themselves, their schools and communities