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$457,000 Invested to Build Strong Communities

 

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) has awarded $457,000 in grants in the past year to over 20 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. “The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado demonstrates the power of collective giving,” said Ron Montoya, LCFC chair and a Rose Community Foundation trustee. “Our grantees benefit from the generosity of individuals and families coming together to give and make a powerful philanthropic impact.” LCFC harnesses the intellectual and financial capital of the Latino community to create opportunities for Latinos to thrive. Over the past seven years, LCFC has invested over $1.5 million in grants to over 70 nonprofit organizations that help build strong Latino communities.

Capacity Building

$147,500 was granted to 14 nonprofit organizations to assist them in being innovative while developing their potential to deliver high-quality programs. In addition to funding, grantees will receive technical assistance, leadership training and networking opportunities.  Grants are focused around health, education, civic engagement, work/career development and art/culture. Funding was made possible from generous contributions by Hispanics in Philanthropy, MillerCoors, and individual donors.

Grantees:

HIP to College

$210,000 was granted to five organizations who are participating in the HIP to College/Summer Melt project. Unfortunately, 40% of Latino youth who graduate from high school and are accepted to college or trade school do not show up on their first day of class in the fall. The project will assist 1,000 Latino high school seniors to successfully transition from high school to college.  The project also works with families and provides community support so that Latino students not only enroll in college or trade school, but graduate with a post-secondary degree.  Funding was made possible from generous contributions by Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Fund, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Rose Community Foundation, Western Union and individual donors.

Grantees:

Adams County School District 14 Education Foundation 
Girls Inc. 
The Latin American Educational Foundation 
Mapleton Education Foundation 
Mi Casa Resource Center

Colorado Latino Age Wave

$100,000 was granted to five organizations participating in the Colorado Latino Age Wave initiative. This project provides awareness, education and engages in policy work. The grants helps educate staff at these organizations to make aging services more accessible and culturally relevant for Latino elders. Funding was made possible from generous contributions from the Colorado Health Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Rose Community Foundation.

Grantees:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver 
Colorado Gerontological Society 
COLORADO IMPACT: Center for Economic Prosperity 
Latino Task Force 
Sisters of Color United for Education

“All gifts to the LCFC for grantmaking are strategically invested back into the community,” said Carlos Martinez, LCFC executive director. “We are thankful to all of our corporate and foundation partners as well as our individual donors, who give $20 or more, as they want to see Latinos prosper.” To be part of the LCFC philanthropic community, click here.