We are grateful for the generosity of our donors. At this year’s 9th Annual Gala, LCF held its first-ever live auction to support the work of Latino-based nonprofit organizations across the State. Six of our partner organizations provided examples of how they would use the donations. The live Gala auction was a wild success – a total of 85 individuals made donations ranging from $100 to $5,000.
Because of your generosity, we are thrilled to announce that this week, all 6 of our participating Latino based organizations have received a $5,000 Fund-a-Need Gala grant to support their work. Help us congratulate: Somos Mayfair, HOMEY, North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), The Latina Center, Mission Graduates, and Fathers and Families of San Joaquin.
Somos Mayfair cultivates the dreams and the power of the Latino community by leveraging and using existing assets (people, culture, relationships, and dreams) to create lasting solutions for change. Gala funds will support a “participatory budgeting” program for parents. Camillle Llanes-Fontanilla, Executive Director, said that “There is no better way to put power in the hands of our parents than by empowering them to be in control of their local school’s finances. This is leadership development in action.”
NORTH BAY ORGANIZING PROJECT
North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) is a grassroots organization that engages and unites the Somona community to build leadership and community power.This grant will help launch the Latino Student Congress, an initiative that is developing young Latino leaders in Sonoma County High Schools by addressing issues related to the juvenile justice system and college preparedness. David Cardenas, Lead Organizer of NBOP shared that, “We will use the Gala funds to give agency to our Latino youth.”
THE LATINA CENTER
FATHERS AND FAMILIES OF SAN JOAQUIN
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin (FFSJ) is engaging and empowering the Stockton community to lead a movement for change. “FFSJ works with what we see as the most powerful tool to bring about change – our people. What makes us so successful is the fact that we don’t “serve” people, we engage the community and create a positive and empowered extended family.” said Alejandra Gutierrez, FFSJ Youth Organizing Coordinator. Sammy Nunez, Executive Director, said that the Gala grant would go a very long way to “support healing through cultural art projects with local youth and to provide nutritious meal for the many Elders who walk through our doors.”