What is The Big Give?

The Big Give event is a 24-hour day of giving that will take place beginning at midnight and run until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

The Big Give is a collaborative effort led by the Nonprofit Council and the San Antonio Area Foundation, in cooperation with two regional partners; The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country and the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation.

These four entities work with private foundations, corporations, media partners and the broader community to increase awareness of the impact local nonprofits make in addressing our community’s social challenges. This year's fundraising goal is $6 million through the engagement of more than 45,000 donors and the efforts of 1,000 nonprofits. The Advisory Committee is confident that together we can reach these goals.

This year, HFLA-SA is particip[ating with a goal of raising $5,000 dollars, the amount of one interest-free loan. Our 0% micro-loans provide members of the San Antonio area Jewish community with funds to manage debt issues, major repair expenses, deal with family emergencies, as well as assist with the life-cycle events we all face at one time or another.

Granting an interest-free loan is not just nice, it’s a mitzvah (Exodus 22:24). Lending money interest-free is the highest form of tzedakah (charity), far greater than giving free handouts. A handout may preserve a life for a day, but a loan preserves that sense of self-sufficiency necessary to get someone back on their feet. That’s why every Jewish community is expected to support at least one interest-free loan society. In San Antonio, it's HFLA-SA.

On May third, you will have the opportunity through TheBigGiveSA.org to make a donation to your choice of nonprofits in San Antonio. In fact, you can donate to as many organizations as you would like. Please consider a generous donation to HFLA-SA. Your gift will not only help someone in our community deal with financial challenges, but when repaid, it will contine to be loaned again and again. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

A Hand-Up to Financial Health

When ‘Life Happens!' – through the best and worst of times . . . and everything in-between, our local Jewish community can depend on Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Antonio for a financial hand-up.

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0% Loans — Help for every stage of life

Like all Free Loan Societies, HFLA-SA's foundation is based on essential Jewish principals: Acts-of-Loving-Kindness, Tzedakah and the Mitzvah of assisting others. Following these core values, our organization provides interest-free loans to help people achieve or maintain financial stability. By extending a “hand-up,” HFLA-SA offers hope and meaningful opportunities for brighter futures.

For more than 90-years, HFLA-SA has assisted thousands of people in their endeavors to overcome financial challenges and realize dreams. We look forward to continuing and expanding our 0% loan programs.

HFLA-SA Loan Opportunities

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Offering support throughout life-cycles, when events happen – large or small – planned or unplanned – anytime budgets are burdened. These “Oys & Joys Loans” cover most situations, making this our most frequently utilized program.

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Today, more than ever, advanced learning is critical for enabling future success and financial independence. This program is specifically designed to help post-high school students alleviate stress over academic expenses, allowing them to remain focused on building brighter tomorrows.

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Special Situation

This program is for unique circumstances which require borrowing flexibility - in terms of loan amount, cosigner rules and/or repayment terms. With additional due diligence, these loans can be individually tailored to meet extraordinary needs.

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A New Member For the HFLA-SA Board

San Antonio attorney Mark Samuels has joined Hebrew Free Loan as a Member of the Board. Mark works has worked both in the corporate field as well as private practice, and brings a wealth of experience to our Board.

rk has also served the San Antonio Jewish community for a number of years for seven years on the board of Congregation Agudas Achim and as Treasurer. Please help us welcome Mark to HFLA.

When Mother Nature Happens

Spring weather in Texas can turn violent in the blink of an eye. Storms can bring high winds, hail or even tornadoes, causing damage to homes, cars and anything else that gets in their way.

Tuesday night, San Antonio was hit by a series of hail storms that pounded cars and homes causing millions of dollars in property damage. If you are facing major out of pocket repair costs from these recent storms, remember HFLA-SA interest-free loans are available.

We offer personal loans of up to $6,000.00 to qualifying members of the San Antonio area Jewish community. No collateral, no fees, no strings attached! It is part of God's commandment to provide help to members of our community without charging interest...it's a mitzvah.

Check out our loan page, and if you qualify, you can download and application on the spot.