Latino Boys Receive Investments from Latino Men

In January of 2015, six Latino men came together to form the first-ever, all male Latino Giving Circle. Eight Months later, they have 27 committed and diverse members that are donating $1,000 each to support education for San Francisco’s Latino boys. Today the Latino Men’s Giving Circle are announcing their first-ever grants.

The members chose two dynamic organizations run by Latino men working to empower and educate Latino boys, giving $10,000 to Educa2, Inc. and $5,000 to Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY). Both organizations have small budgets, committed leadership, and a big vision for change. They are not currently receiving much support from traditional philanthropic institutions.

“We are honored to be the recipient of this Inaugural Latino Men’s Giving Circle grant. It was truly inspiring to speak to a group of men who believe that  standing on the sidelines is no longer an option and recognize that “Latinos helping Latinos” is a powerful path for a better future of our communities” said Iván Quiñones, Educa2 CEO.

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Ivan, pictured above and Roberto pictured below made it to Top 3 Finalists after submitting a short proposal to the Circle. Each organization had 5 minutes to pitch the work of their organization and to describe how they impact Latino boys.

“The support from the Men’s Giving Circle is visionary not only because they are directly supporting our organization’s important work with young Latino men, but also because they are exemplifying the extraordinary impact Latino men can have on our community,” said Roberto Alfaro, HOMEY CEO.

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The Latino Men’s Giving Circle is one of seven Giving circles hosted by the Latino Community Foundation (LCF). This all-male circle was ignited by the passion of former LCF Trustee Angel Chavez. They are focused on increasing funding going to Latino boys in accordance with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

“I joined the Men’s Giving Circle because I had a need to be part of a collective group of men that are dedicated to giving back in a way that is compassionate and intentional. The vision is to continue building the Latino Men’s Giving Circle to increase our investments in Latino-based organizations in the SF Bay Area serving Latino boys and men. In doing so, we will continue to use President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper as a means to support our community,” said Pedro Arista, a Latino Giving Circle Member.

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LCF’s Giving Circle exists to inspire Latino philanthropy and provide support to Latino boys directly from Latino men. While the majority of the circle members are Latino men, non-Latino donors are very welcome to join too. Be part of history, help us change the narrative about our community – Latinos are philanthropists.

Last but not least, thank you to all the organizations that applied. You are doing incredible work on behalf of our community.

Currently, LCF has six active Giving Circles with 122 members. To learn more please visit our website at www.latinocf.org.

To join a circle, email Sara at svelten@sff.org // For the press release please email Masha at mchernyak@sff.org

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Latinos are Philanthropists // Join a Giving Circle!

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 Latinos are a generous community and we shouldn’t be underestimated as philanthropists.

Two years ago, we asked you to join our philanthropic movement led by and for the Latino community. We knew that there was a tremendous amount of passion and ingenuity that Latinos could bring to the field. And we were right! Our Giving Circle members have rolled up their sleeves by giving their time and talent to local Latino nonprofits. They are interested in the issues, in leveraging funding and are thinking about systemic change.

As of today, we have 122 Latino Giving Circle members in 5 active chapters. We are currently recruiting for Founding Members of the Latinos in Tech and the Sacramento Circle.This year, LCF Giving Circles will be investing $100,000 in grants to Latino-based organizations that they have selected. Today we ask you to join! Stop by any of our upcoming meetings to see how it all works. Be part of a community that is empowering change. Give back in a meaningful, fun, and important way.

  • Minimum donation is $1,000/year
  • 100% of your donation goes back to the Latino community
  • Contact Sara Velten to join – email her at svelten@sff.org 
  • Check out the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s blog post about LCF’s work in Catalyzing Community Giving. 

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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING MEETINGS / RSVP WITH SARA VELTEN /
JOIN US! 

  • Latino Men’s Giving Circle: August 19th 
  • SF Latina Giving Circle: August 20th 
  • Sacramento Co-ed Latino Giving Circle: August 26th 
  • Peninsula Latina Giving Circle: August 27th 
  • East Bay Latina Giving Circle: September 3rd
  • Pleasanton Latina Giving Circle: September 8th 
  • Latinos in Tech (co-ed) TBD

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Parent Leadership Makes a Difference

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By: Dulce Galicia

Community Engagement and Advocacy Lead // Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative

I came from a working class family with parents from Mexico. I attended public schools in San Francisco and my parents made their best effort to send me to college! Thanks to them, I graduated. My father and I would sit on the kitchen table with an abacus doing addition and subtraction. Although my parents weren’t always able to help me answer all the questions, they were involved and cared deeply about my future. It made a big difference.

The Education Trust West gave the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) an F on its California District Report Cards. That is where I live and a community I care about. In this district, 48% of the students are Latino and 23% African American. The statistics are concerning and the organization I work for – BBK Richmond – decided to do something about it.

I work with parents at three school sites in the WCCUSD equipping them with tools to be successful advocates for their children. I teach parents how to file a complaint, how to set meetings with school administration, where to find answers in the Ed Code and how to document the things they see. I have seen parents run with the tools we gave them. They are empowered because they now understand how the system works.

For example, a parent made a school wide announcement about the abnormally high suspension rates at her school. She collected 98 signatures and while doing so, the principal called the police on the parent, but was able to resolve the issue and parents saw suspension rates reduce. Latino parents engaged in a dialogue with an African American principal to have a common understanding of one another and to create a line of communication so that Latino parents felt welcomed at the school site as well.

I also saw the power of partnering with the school District. I worked with school staff to bring a series of trainings to each school site. Some principals were apprehensive of the training modules which included topics about leadership, communication and team building, but I think they were more uneasy about the information that parents would receive. Imagine a parent at a title 1 school asking about test scores, a school budget, construction progress, suspension rates! Parents were instructed to support their children on improving their own report card, and parents were left out of the equation in helping improve the district’s report card.

The truth is that BBK parents are courageous, positive and fearless leaders. Over the last year, parents held a leadership position at all three BBK target schools, had over 20 persuasive conversations, cross collaborated with each other’s school sites, shared best practices on organizing and solved 5 school site issues. Our parents are labeled “BBK parents” by school administrators and I am convinced that what our partners in the district really mean every time they say BBK parents are Brave, Bargaining Kinfolk.

Parent leadership and engagement makes a lasting impact. I have seen this firsthand. We must continue to invest in parent engagement and leadership at all schools.

I want our school district to receive an A, not an F. With strong parental leadership, I know that it is possible.

To learn more about the District report cards: http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/district-data?county=Contra+Costa&district=West+Contra+Costa+Unified&report_year=2010

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