Our Story

The Central Coast Latino Giving Circle came together to reclaim a different vision for the Central Coast, one that is rooted in people, generosity, and action. This Giving Circle is filled with community leaders of the Monterey and Salinas Counties. These members are leaders of community organizations, educators, business owners and more. This region faces some of the highest disparities in opportunity, health, education, and equality in our state due to decades of disinvestment, the Giving Circle continues to provide essential contributions to the Central Coast. 

Given in Grants
Year Established

Funding Priorities

Civic Engagement


Leadership Development

Words from Members

  • The most special and memorable experience was to be part of a family of mission driven and compassionate people that effortlessly collaborated together during the pandemic to provide any form of safety, improved physical and mental health.

    Thomas Welsh - Central Coast Latino
  • The best part is giving back when so many of given to me.

    Jacob Martinez - Central Coast Latino

Our Current Grantees


2021 Meetings

This Year’s Giving Timeline: May 27  |  July 13 |  October 12

Giving Circles have three official grantmaking meetings with LCF staff – from helping define funding priorities to meeting with nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, Giving Circles also host socials, and members are invited to join network wide events, including the LGCN Retreat. Interested in attending a meeting? Contact us here.


  • Lead Members

    Jasmine Najera

    Joanne Sanchez

  • A-E

    Ana Hurtado

    Annabelle Rodriguez

    Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah

    Consuelo Alba

    Erendira Guerrero

  • F-L

    Francisco Estrada

    Jacob Martinez

    Lorena Penaloza

    Lydia Villareal

  • M-Z

    Monica Martinez

    Sasha Farina

    Serena Rivera

    Thomas Welsh

    Virginia Rivera

    Wendy Baltazar-Molina

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About the Latino Giving Circle Network

The Latino Giving Circle Network is the largest network of Latinx philanthropists in the country. From Baby Boomers to Millennials, CEOs to emerging professionals, immigrants to US-born, Latinos and non-Latinos, we are part of a united movement inspired by the power of giving and civic engagement. The funding from these Giving Circles supports grassroots Latinx-led nonprofits, working on the frontlines with Latinx youth and families. These emerging community-rooted organizations are often overlooked by traditional philanthropy. We exist to change that. Learn more about the Network here.