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.
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.
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.
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.
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