(COVID Response)

MARCH 2020

In our most difficult moments, we lean on what make us strong. Our generosity. Our culture. Our connection.

Join us today to support the Love Not Fear Fund.

Meet Juana

Juana lives in Tulare with her husband and two young children. Now both kids are home from school, but the family doesn’t have laptops or even a reliable internet connection to take the online classes. They usually rely on their smart phones to access the internet, as many families do in rural California. Juana and her husband are agricultural workers and are still working in the fields every day. They share one smartphone, while the children share the other for schoolwork. Juana is relying on her sister who was laid off from her job cleaning a big hotel in Fresno when the pandemic struck, to help take care of her two children. Juana feels grateful to have stable work, but also worries about the risks of working in a global pandemic. Like all farmworkers California has deemed them essential during “shelter-in-place” but like Juana are not being compensated extra for their critical work, or even given the proper protections during this crisis.

Juana’s story is not unique, it is one of thousands of Latino families who live on the brink of economic collapse. As always, when crisis hits, those living in poverty feel the impact first and worst. According to a recent CAP report, only 16% of Latino workers are able to work from home compared with 30% of white workers. At the same time, in California, Latino communities face the largest digital divide- merely 55% of low-income Latino families have broadband at home so our students are being left behind as school transitions online. Furthermore, fears of increased immigration enforcement, deportation, and the public charge may deter undocumented families from even getting tested or seeking medical care related to COVID-19.

The impact is greatest in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire.

Together they are home to over half a million undocumented immigrants in California. They represent heads of households, members of mixed status families, and are an important component of the fabric of California. They live in counties like Fresno, where 35.1% of Latino residents live in poverty.

Families rely on the frontline organizations who work every day to support and uplift the community.  Yet, long before the pandemic began, Latino-led organizations experienced immense philanthropic inequity. A meager 1.1% of grantmaking dollars are invested in Latino orgs with huge funding gaps especially in the Central Valley, Inland Empire and other rural regions of the state. California funders invest around $2.6 billion annually, but only 2% reach the Central Valley.  Many foundations are taking quick action, but are often focused on their current portfolio of grantees which too often leaves out our grassroots leaders.

Latino Community Foundation’s Love Not Fear Fund is a response to the global pandemic that channels critical funds to Latino-led organizations serving California’s most vulnerable communities- our elders, undocumented, farmworkers, and working-class families in the Central Valley and Inland Empire.

Latino Community Foundation is ready to stand by organizations in this difficult time- with love, generosity, and investment. Our funding will support grassroots Latino-led organizations, serving rural communities with strong ties to the undocumented Latino families they serve. We trust they are best equipped to respond to this crisis– they are nimble, resourceful and as always have quickly pivoted their services to meet the challenges working families face due to COVID-19. To sustain these critical efforts, they need flexible investment, technology equipment and capacity for the long run.


Provides funding for Latino-led organizations working with families impacted by wage loss

Focuses on the Central Valley, Inland Empire and rural Communities with greatest digital divide

Offers resources and coaching for nonprofits

Provides a direct line to frontline leaders to deepen those relationships

Advocates for undocumented families and farmworkers

Amplifies stories of the Latino community through media partners


ACT for Women and Girls | Tulare County

ACT is a reproductive justice organization in the Central Valley building power through leadership development, community organizing, advocacy, and policy change in our community. ACT has been tirelessly working to support teen moms by providing diapers, resources, and much needed mental health access for all, including LGBTQ youth who don’t feel welcomed or safe at home.


Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno (CBDIO) | Fresno and Madera Counties

CBDIO is an organization that promotes and strengthens civic participation, economic, social, cultural development and resistance of indigenous communities. CBDIO is providing critical translation of COVID-19 resources and essential support to indigenous residents in the Central Valley.


Community Center for Arts and Technology (CCAT) | Fresno County

CCAT offers technology-based and cultural education to underserved youth and their families in Fresno and rural communities of the Central Valley. CCAT has been steadfast in distributing food to elders, sewing masks for farmworkers, and providing cash assistance to undocumented families who have experienced wage loss.


Centro La Familia | Fresno County

Centro La Familia Advocacy Services empowers families to obtain life sustaining resources. They advocate, share resources and assist families through health and wellness programs, support to survivors of domestic violence, immigration services, and parent education.


California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance | Statewide

CIYJA is a statewide immigrant youth-led alliance that strengthens local and statewide grassroots organizing efforts to build collective power and advance pro-immigrant policies. Their COVID-19 response includes supporting undocumented members not eligible to receive federal funds due to their status, ending immigration detention,  and maintaining the “Power Not Panic Undocumented Resource” guide.


Fathers and Families of San Joaquin | San Joaquin County

Fathers and Families of San Joaquin (FFSJ) is a progressive community organization working on the front lines of racial justice, community healing, trauma informed healing, community re-entry and more in the city of Stockton. FFSJ has taken quick action to deliver food and medicine to elders, to provide additional mental health access, and to advocate tirelessly for criminal justice reform and housing rights.


Nuestra Casa of East Palo Alto | San Mateo County

Nuestra Casa works to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto through community organizing and leadership development. Nuestra Casa uses collective power to shape policies and programs to make communities more equitable, prosperous, and healthy. They are operating a food bank, serving needs of parents, and working with undocumented families to address wage loss and rental assistance.


Services and Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) | Santa Clara County

SIREN works to empower immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, policy advocacy, civic engagement and low-cost and or free legal services. SIREN’s advocacy, bi-lingual resources and immigrant support is critical during this time.


TODEC Legal Center | Riverside County

TODEC works to empower disenfranchised immigrant communities in the Inland Empire to become economically, socially, and civically self-sufficient while enhancing individual self-esteem and community health. TODEC provides immigration legal services, community education, leadership development and more. They are offering food, critical resources, and actively advocating for improved health policies.


West Side Youth | Fresno County

West Side Youth is a multi-service center that connects residents to wholesome activities and valuable programming in Mendota, a farmworking community rural Fresno. They work with youth and immigrant families by providing a food pantry, warm meals, and organizing residents to advocate for more services.


Lideres Campesinas | Central Valley wide

Lideres Campesinas is a farmworker leadership network that empowers and strengthens women and girls to be agents of economic, social, and political change and ensure their human rights. Lideres Campensinas provides leadership development and education to farmworkers and their families. The organization’s leaders are working to protect farmworker safety amid COVID-19 by ensuring they have access to potentially lifesaving information.


La Cooperative Campesina | Central Valley & Statewide

La Cooperativa Campesina is a statewide association of nonprofits implementing and administering innovative programs to improve and support the lives of California’s farmworkers, their families, and rural communities. La Cooperativa Campesina’s member agencies are providing emergency services that include housing assistance, workforce training, community food banks, childcare, and other critical resources.


United Farmworkers Foundation | Central Valley & Statewide

United Farmworkers (UFW) Foundation works to empower immigrant farmworker communities by providing creating access to credible immigration legal advice, and educational outreach and leadership development training. They are serving thousands of meals with the intent to engage farmworkers, leading advocacy for families in ICE Detention Centers, and Latinos in the democratic process. working closely with agricultural companies in the region to ensure safety and wellbeing for workers.


California Farmworkers Foundation | Kern County  

California Farmworkers Foundation (CFF) provides direct services to farmworkers by creating partnerships between agricultural companies and healthcare organizations across the State of California to advance several public health initiatives for farmworkers. They have been steadfast in organizing to provide farmworkers and their families with COVID-19 information hotlines, food distribution to combat food insecurity, on-site education and awareness, and a relief fund.


Western Service Workers Association | Sacramento

Western Service Workers Association (WSWA) is a volunteer-run membership association built to advance all low-wage worker rights and economic justice. WSWA is supporting the local community’s immediate needs while pursuing and fighting for long-term solutions. WSWA’s programs provide direct relief through emergency food distribution, preventative medical care, non-emergency dental care, legal advice, and more.


Dolores Huerta Foundation | Kern County & Central Valley

Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a community organization that empowers farmworker families and immigrant communities to be change agents. DHF organizes youth, adults and elders to pursue social justice by engaging and developing natural community leaders. The organization is supporting families with immediate relief as well as organizing to address the systemic inequities in the Valley.


PIQE | Fresno & Statewide

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is a nationwide organization with a strong statewide presence in California. PIQE provides families with the knowledge and skills to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential. In response to COVID-19, they are supporting California families with online connectivity and navigation, bridging families to resources, and helping families re-engage and transition to distance learning.


Aliaza Coachella Valley | Inland Empire

Alianza Coachella Valley is a coalition based in the Eastern Coachella Valley that exists to engage its residents to lead efforts for lasting community change. Their investments and organizing in predominantly low-income Latino communities include bringing new parks, paved roads, public transit, representation, and affordable health care services. Alianza is supporting families during COVID-19 by partnering with food banks to provide door-to-door food distribution and sharing critical resources for immigrant families.


Faith in the Valley | Central Valley

Faith in the Valley (FIV) advances a movement for racial, economic, and environmental justice in local communities by building skills and leadership capacity of residents to lead transformational change. FIV is a faith-based nonprofit that has a deep presence in the region. They are responding to immediate needs while also leading critical advocacy around tenant rights, criminal justice reform, and immigrant rights.


Youth Alliance | San Benito County

Youth Alliance (YA) is an anchor organization in the Hollister, Gilroy & Aromas, and San Juan Bautista area that guides and challenges Latino youth to realize their professional and civic potential through after-school, summer, prevention programs, bilingual counseling, case management, and community engagement. During COVID-19, YA’s bilingual/bicultural staff are delivering diapers to teen parents, offering mental health support, conducting critical advocacy and sharing all regional resources with low-income families.


South Modesto Partnerships | Stanislaus County

South Modesto Partnerships develops powerful networks between South Modesto local residents, faith-based institutions, and community leaders to promote healthy lifestyles, economic mobility, and STEAM education for low-income youth. They are working to meet the immediate needs of low-income families and to support parents with critical information and resources.


Pequenos Empresarios | Madera County

Pequeños Empresarios educates and mentors elementary school aged children about entrepreneurship through various workshops in Spanish to develop their connections to community, to honor their cultural heritage, and to improve familial bonds. They improve self-esteem, knowledge in finance, and build live long learners. During COVID-19, they are supporting low-income families with educational workshops and mental health outreach and support.

Latino Commission | Tulare County

The Latino Commission (TLC) is a leader in providing culturally rooted healing interventions for individuals and low-income Latino families that work in agriculture. TLC provides “La Cultura Cura/Culture Cures” afterschool programs and access to critical leadership development services for the whole family. During COVID-19, their services in the rural community of Cutller-Orosi are more important than ever.


Cultiva La Salud | Fresno County

Cultiva La Salud is dedicated to creating health equity by promoting healthy eating and active living. One of their key programs titled “Poderosas y Amorosas” works with immigrant women in Fresno on health, empowerment, and leadership. As part of COVID-19 response they are focusing on providing healthy food delivery, medical supplies, and weekly check-ins with immigrant women over the age of 65 who may have a limited family support.


Every Neighborhood Partnership | Fresno County

Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) equips and empowers community members to be change agents in their own neighborhoods. ENP connect churches and other community partners with elementary schools and works with parents to support the development of healthy communities. ENP is serving as a critical partner in providing food, literacy training, and coordination of critical resources for low-income families in greatest need.


Fresno Barrios Unidos | Fresno County

Fresno Barrios Unidos provides unconditional support, love and guidance for youth, young adults and their families in Fresno. FBU offers critical leadership development training, mental health access and advocacy centering the voices and leadership of those most impacted by violence and intergenerational poverty. FBU is supporting youth and their families during COVID-19 by providing basic needs and access to culturally rooted programming that helps people heal.


Central Valley Healing Collective | Santa Cruz County

Central Valley Healing Collective is a union of healers, advocates and visionary leaders who joined forces to identify and mobilize the healing assets to benefit rural communities which are often excluded from high quality & holistic emotional, mental and spiritual care. The collective hosts free public healing clinics throughout the region- spanning from Merced down to Bakersfield. The most recent healing clinic was offered online and included wellness workshops, herbal medicine guidance, counseling, yoga, and community support to cope with COVID-19.


ExpresArte Wellness Collective | Tulare

Expresarte is a project that is increasing access to mental health services. They work with rural residents who might identify as queer, trans, disabled, bicultural, binational, and undocumented. They explore different modalities of healing such as circles, dancing, and art making. ExpresArte has launched virtual circles since COVID-19 to support ongoing healing programs such as “Not Your Mom’s Support Group” — which creates healing space for folks with chronic illness or disabilities.


Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos | Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos is an anchor organization that promotes peace, multicultural social justice, economic equity, and community healing. Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos is supporting the Latino community during this crisis by offering weekly food distribution, housing support, and access to culturally rooted community healing.


One Day At a Time (ODAT) | East Contra Costa County

One Day at a Time (ODAT) is a community anchor in the East Contra Costa County that offers low-income youth a supportive network of peers, opportunities for educational and personal growth, and empowers them to lead positive lives. ODAT is support young people by coordinating with the local school district, offering food, coaching and sharing critical resources


CAUSE | Ventura County

Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) serves working-class and immigrant families by building grassroots power through community organizing, coalition building, civic engagement, policy research, and advocacy. CAUSE is responding to community needs around COVID-19 with bilingual resources on housing and worker’s rights and are leaders in re-activating the 805 UndocuFund.


Your contribution to the Love Not Fear Fund will allow leaders like Armando from CCAT and Luz from TODEC, and their teams, to remain brave and bold as they meet the growing needs of their communities. That means families like Juana’s will have the support they need to get through this crisis and to help others.

We can’t imagine the world beyond the pandemic because we haven’t created it yet. But together, we will build that world rooted in love, not fear.



On April 7th, the Latino Community Foundation featured four community partners directly on the frontlines serving the Latino Community. Watch the full video below.

MODERATOR: Masha V. Chernyak, Vice President of Programs, Latino Community Foundation

CLOSING REMARKS: Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation


Maricela Gutierrez, Executive Director, SIREN

Armando Valdez, Founder & Executive Director, Community Center for the Arts and Technology

Samuel Nuñez, Founder & Executive Director, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin

Luz Gallegos, Executive Director, TODEC Legal Center






Financial Resources for Nonprofits

Statewide Resources

Philanthropy CA: COVID-19 Response

Resource page from Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers. Includes information on response funds, events, and public policy information.

Candid: Resources for Coronavirus

Resource site for nonprofits seeking support, funders who wish to learn what their peers are doing, and media. It includes a funding opportunities section, a funding summary, and news items.

GCIR (Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees)
CoronaVirus / COVID-19: Immigrant Response Funds

Resources featuring funding opportunities for organizations working with vulnerable immigrant communities.

Bay Area Resources

San Francisco Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

This Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis, SFF will make a limited number of one-time grants ($5,000-$25,000) addressing racial bias, worker protection, homelessness, housing and food security.

Oakland Fund for Public Innovation: Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund

Fund to support Oakland’s most vulnerable communities, such as seniors, children, people experiencing homelessness, first responders, local businesses and low-wage workers, to name a few.

Solidaire/ Third Wave: Emergent Fund

This Fund was immediately established after the 2016 election to help move quick resources with no strings attached to communities that were and continue to be under attack by federal policies and priorities.

Heising-Simons Foundation: Coronavirus Grantee Rapid Response Fund

Nonprofits who were previous or current grantees of the Heising-Simons Foundation who have faced unexpected costs due to the Coronavirus are eligible for up to a one-time maximum $25,000 amount.

Southern California Resources

Charitable Ventures: OC Community Resilience Fund

This Fund is a collaborative response by the Orange County philanthropic community seeking to strengthen and support community-based organizations who serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will have rolling grant cycles, and will work to respond to applicants on a monthly basis for the duration of the Fund and availability of the funding.

National Resources

Arca Foundation Rapid Response Grant

In addition to regular grants made in their biannual grant cycles, the Arca Foundation also makes discretionary rapid response grants. These grants are made outside of their regular grant cycles, allowing them to respond more quickly as needs arise.

Resist Rapid Response Grant

Resist offers support to grassroots groups engaged in activist organizing for structural social and economic change in the United States. General support grants of up to $4,000 are provided to groups who struggle towards a broad vision of justice, while opposing political and institutional oppression. Resist’s interests include community organizing and anti-racism projects, economic justice, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, disability issues, labor organizing, and Native American organizing, among others. In response to the Coronavirus crisis, Resist will be reviewing Rapid Response applications on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays moving forward. ⁣Applicants are notified of funding decisions within 24 hours. Rapid Response awards are sent electronically within 48 hours of the funding decision date.

Coronavirus: What does my insurance policy cover?

Further resources regarding what can be covered under a nonprofit insurance.

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Information regarding Paycheck Protection Program, CARES Act and other financial resources for small businesses.

Individual Financial Resources

Bay Area Resources 

Centro Legal de La Raza: Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund

 This Fund is to provide critical support to immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aggressive public health measures necessary to combat the spread of the disease.

Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund

O.U.R. Fund is a relief fund set up for undocumented workers who love or work in Oakland and have lost their jobs or had their hours cut as a result of the Coronavirus and the shelter in place orders. This Fund will distribute $500 relief grants to eligible applicants while funding is available.

UndocuFund SF COVID-19 Fund

This Fund has been created to help those in the undocumented community experiencing hardship during this time.

The Workers Fund: COVID-19 Rapid Response

100% of Funds going to workers who have lost their income because they don’t qualify for employer-based benefits. Cash going directly to people whose livelihoods have been stripped by COVID-19.

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund: Covid-19 Response Cluster

This Response Cluster has been created to ensure vulnerable families, individuals, and the nonprofits serving them receive assistance for essential supplies, food, rent, utilities and other needs.

National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON): Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund

This Fund has been created to provide immediate resources and financial support so excluded workers can take care of themselves and their families at home. Without paid sick time leave, remote work capability, health care, access to jobs, and financial security, migrants are uniquely vulnerable.

One Fair Wage

This Emergency Fund has been created to specifically help service workers-including restaurant workers, delivery workers, car share drivers, and more-whose wages and employment have been decimated by the pandemic.

The Workers Fund: COVID-19 Rapid Response

100% of Funds going to workers who have lost their income because they don’t qualify for employer-based benefits. Cash going directly to people whose livelihoods have been stripped by COVID-19.

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation: Funds Supporting Undocumented Families

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise money to support undocumented families and individuals during this time of crisis. This link is the application that needs to be filled out to be eligible for funding.


Southern California Resources

San Diego Immigrant Relief Fund

This fund provides grants for up to $500 to immigrants in San Diego who have lost all or part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with other emergencies that may arise in the future. 

805 UndocuFund

This Fund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots to assist local undocumented workers and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

This fund provides assistance for restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers facing unprecedented hardship from the coronavirus.


Further Resources

 Undocumented Workers Employment Rights

This document covers legal rights undocumented folks have within the work force

Basic information on Coronavirus from the CDC (Spanish)

Guidelines from the CDC in regards to how to keep safe during the coronavirus.

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented People

Useful resources that may serve the undocumented community in searching for resources.

COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas

Useful resources that may serve the undocumented community in searching for resources.

We will be updating this page as more information comes in. Thank you for your generosity.