We are the ones we have been waiting for. From Baby Boomers to Millennials, CEOs to emerging professionals, immigrants to US-born, Latinos and non-Latinos, the Latino Giving Circle Network gives each of us the chance to flex our collective power, invest in our community, and grow in our personal and civic leadership. Over 500 Californians have joined the network so far– together we are showing the world the power of generosity, culture, and people-driven social change.
A Giving Circle is a perfect way to partner with the leaders and organizations at the forefront of the community-driven solutions our people need and engage with others in local civic action. The Network currently includes 20 Giving Circles with more being launched every year and they won’t be the same with your unique talents. Join today!
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!
Latino-led grassroots nonprofits have been supported by our movement!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each member contributes a minimum of $1,000 a year (or $85 a month). The Giving Circle collectively chooses their funding and collective action priorities. The LCF team works closely with each Giving Circle to identify Latino-led organizations that align with their priority area and support the Giving Circle’s leaders to facilitate their members participation. At least once a year, each Giving Circle decides where to invest their collective resources. All of this is done over dinner, wine, and an abundance of joy and laughter! We are a movement of leaders ready to take action and invest our time, talent, and resources to lift up the leaders and organizations who help our communities thrive.
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.
LGCN IN THE NEWS
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 reach out to us at email@example.com.
Santa Barbara Latino Giving Circle
WHAT’S OUR SPECIAL SAUCE, SAZON?
Giving Circles create a safe space where people can show up as their full selves. This provides an opportunity for authentic conversations and presence from the members which creates a special, unique sazon (flavor) in each Giving Circle. The outcome? A concoction of genuine connection, laughs, good food and real change– shaped by the people who show up.
BEYOND THE DOLLAR
In addition to the funds they mobilize to local organizations, Giving Circle members and their impact to far beyond the dollars we invest. Through their participation in the Latino Giving Circle Network, members grow in their leadership- joining organization and public Boards and Commissions, educating their neighbors about the Census, running for office, taking action online and offline for just policies, and serving as mentors and advocates within their professional and community networks.
GIVING CIRCLES IN ACTION
Our Giving Circle members have started businesses, hosted conferences for Latinx youth, coached nonprofit Executive Directors, registered voters, signed petitions, made it on redistricting commissions, and advocated for more equitable policies for Latino communities across CA. You too can learn how to become more civically engaged through your LGCN membership. We can’t wait to work with you!
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.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT MEMBER STORIES
Our Giving Circle members have registered voters, signed petitions, made it on redistricting commissions, and advocated for more equitable policies for Latino communities across CA. You too can learn how to become more civically engaged through your LGCN membership.
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org.