From Baby Boomers to Millennials, CEOs to emerging professionals, immigrants to US-born, Latinos and non-Latinos, the Latino Giving Circle Network (LGCN) is harnessing the collective power of paying it forward and civic engagement. Currently, LGCN is comprised of 21 Giving Circles across the state of California with new ones emerging each year. The Latino Giving Circles offer a forum to partner with leaders and organizations offering community driven solutions, learn about pressing issues impacting Latinos, and engage in local civic action. Read our feature on KQED.
Total dollars invested by Latino Giving Circle Network® to Latino-led organizations in CA
Active members in the Latino Giving Circle Network
Latino Giving Circles around California and growing!
Each member contributes a minimum of $1,000 a year (or $85 a month). The Giving Circle collectively chooses their funding priority. The LCF team works closely with each Giving Circle to identify Latino-led organizations that align with their priority area. Finally, the Giving Circle decides where to invest their collective resources. All of this is done over dinner, wine, and an abundance of joy and laughter! It is a movement of leaders ready to take action and invest their time, talent, and resource to lift up Latino leaders and their communities.
Connect with like-minded people that want to make a difference.
Giving together brings us closer to the change our community needs.
You make giving decisions together.
Click below for an overview of each Latino Giving Circle and next meeting dates. If you are interested in starting a new Latino Giving Circle, please contact Amber Gonzales-Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging Circles: Wine Country, Orange County, San Diego, KPLA!
Once a year, the LGCN comes together for a full day retreat to celebrate, strategize and strengthen relationships. This year, over 160 LGCN members came together at Google to celebrate the growth of the LGCN, explore opportunities to expand the collective impact of the network, and deepen the philanthropic committment of each member. LCF brought in outside experts focusing on social impact investment, donor advised funds, wealth management, and tech tools for philanthropy. It was a productive and dynamic day of learning!
WORDS FROM MEMBERS
I’m proud to say I belong to the LGCN because of the impact our conversations and work create. I’m even more grateful to be able to connect with other inspiring Latinos who want to create change by empowering our community in leadership and education.
It has always been in my nature to help others. Growing up in Spain, a child of generations of teachers, I’ve seen how the power of education can change lives. I am grateful that my involvement in the Latino Giving Circle Network will enable others to learn the tools they need to become confident, self sufficient and successful.
It’s clear that Latinos are growing in size and diversity in California and across our country yet philanthropic resources continue not to be directed to our communities . This fuels my drive to be part of a movement of stakeholders dedicated to changing the narrative about who we are as Latina/os while also building a pipeline of philanthropic leaders.
I welcome you to join our movement!
I want others to join us because there is plenty of work to be done and we need all hands on deck. All of us bring our talents and networks to the table, and by doing so we are creating a powerful movement within our Latino communities. Philanthropy is for everyone and by joining our group you will become an active participant in this movement.
Latinos are the new face of California. Moving forward, giving back, honoring our roots, and improving the quality of life for Latino children and families.
The experience to meet other Latinos and Latinas who are giving back is invaluable. When you hear the stories of other members, you automatically feel a connection and this is what it’s all about. Being connected to others who share your passion to give back and help your community.
Latinos already give generously in their communities. The Latino Giving Circle Network allow us to harness the power of collaboration to be more strategic and to fund causes that improve the lives of families, especially the most underserved. We hope this initiative will inspire future generations to embrace philanthropy as a way to strengthen and transform communities into those where individuals can realize their dreams and reach their full potential.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Giving Circle?
A giving circle is a group of people who pool their resources in order to collectively contribute to issues they deem important to their community. Giving circles provide individual donors the opportunity to make their contributions meaningful by leveraging their resources with others and enhancing the impact of their giving. Giving circles offer members a forum to learn about community issues alongside like-minded individuals and become more informed philanthropists.
Why do we need a Latino Giving Circle Network®?
The Latino Giving Circle Network is one solution to increase the amount of philanthropic dollars invested in Latino-led organizations. Latinos represent the largest ethnic majority in California, yet Latino leaders receive less than 1.1% of all US philanthropic dollars. The Latino Community Foundation is creating a movement of Californians ready to change this reality. The members of the Latino Giving Circle Network stand ready to serve as change agents and invest in solutions that will transform Latino communities.
How much money does each member contribute?
Latino Giving Circle members contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year. The payment can be made in a way that fits your budget. You can give $84 monthly, which is less than $3 a day, $250 quarterly or the entire sum in one payment. LCF welcomes members that are interested in contributing beyond the minimum. The goal is to build a movement of civically minded philanthropists. All contributions are invested entirely in Latino-led organizations.
Where does my money go? Who will decide?
You and the members of your circle will collectively decide. Your group will also determine how the money will be distributed. LCF staff works with giving circles to provide grantmaking advice and execute the decisions of each giving circle. Grants from the circle may go to any non-profit working towards the mission to support vulnerable Latino children and families throughout CA.
Will my donation be tax deductible?
Yes, 90% of your donation is tax deductible. LCF will provide an acknowledgement letter with tax ID for deduction. 10% of the contributions are directed to program costs.
How do I join a Latino Giving Circle and/or start my own?
To join the Latino Giving Circle Network fill out the Enrollment Form here.
We are always looking to start new Giving Circles, please indicate if you are interested in the form.
I have more questions! Who can I contact?
Please contact Amber Gonzales-Vargas, Senior Program Manager at email@example.com.