The Bay Area is known world-wide as a center for technology. The Latinos in Tech Giving Circle emerged from this critical and vibrant sector with members – in tech and non-tech roles alike- representing companies from the newest, smallest start up to the giants of the industry like Google and Facebook. Members are young, ambitious, love travel, and many come from humble beginnings. In many ways, they represent the “firsts” in their families — first to graduate college, to break into tech, to serve in key leadership roles. They are determined not to be the last.
Though Latinos comprise a small minority of the sector overall, members of the Latinos in Tech Giving Circle are leading efforts to spark Latinx inclusion in their companies in addition to distributing grants. For example, in June 2020 amid the uprising for Black Lives Matter, Latinos in Tech Circle members convened as a working group to explore how they could leverage the moment for change within their institutions.
Given in Grants
Latino Youth STEM Programs
Bridging The Digital Divide
Words from Members
I love being able to make meaningful connections with fellow Latinos in Tech, impact change and support grassroots tech organizations in our community has been an extremely rewarding experience.
I love paying it forward to help my community since I received help to get to where I am today!
If it wasn’t for the Latinos in Tech Giving circle I don’t think that I would be in the position that I am today. This group was the first community outside of the Digital NEST that supported me in my journey of being in philanthropy & technology.
One of the things I most enjoy is learning together about our Latino community and philanthropy. The Latinos in Tech Giving Circle is not only giving, smart, talented, but also fun and poderoso/powerful. I really enjoy getting to know all the members. As a Latina engineer, this network has provided me with an intersection of my interests, values, and an uplifting community. The time commitment is so minimal yet I know I am making long lasting friendships as well as an impact in communities that need it most.
I love the organic community building that takes places as we discuss how to be of best support as well as the innovative ideas of how to double our collective impact together.
It’s a privilege to enable the next generation of Latinos in realizing their dreams.
I love giving back to a community that gave me so much is fulfilling.
I love knowing my donations go toward meaningfully supporting organizations I care about. The other members in my circle are leaders in their field so I also get a lot of value out of the connections I make.
Someone once saw in me what I could yet see and giving back is allowing me to pass on that hope to someone else.
I love being a part of the LCF family because I have the opportunity to share a space and support a group of individuals that look like me and share similar values. One of my favorite memories is attending the 2020 LGCN Retreat in-person and hearing from inspiring speakers and meeting other members from all over California.
I like to call Giving Circles “FUBU Philanthropy” — For us by us! Giving Circles gave me the introduction I needed to feel comfortable with “philanthropy”, tearing down the ivory towers that make it feel so distant. Going beyond the dollars, they offer the chance to build a real connection with the organizations doing the work you care about. Not only that but, they are fun(!) — offering the chance to connect with a new network of like-minded latinos who are using their privilege for good.
I really appreciate the friendships and community brought together by LCF. LCF was there to guide me when I helped create the LatinX ERG at Square and now as a first-time tech entrepreneur. Thank you!
““Lift as you climb.” Many paved the way for us to have the opportunities we have today. Being able to leverage my privilege to empower others is not only rewarding but a responsibility.”
“One of the things I most enjoy is learning together about our Latino community and philanthropy. The Latinos in Tech Giving Circle is not only giving, smart, talented, but also fun and poderoso/powerful. I really enjoy getting to know all the members. As a Latina engineer, this network has provided me with an intersection of my interests, values, and an uplifting community. The time commitment is so minimal yet I know I am making long lasting friendships as well as an impact in communities that need it most.”
Our Current Grantees
This Year’s Giving Timeline: March 25 | June 24 | October 28
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.
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.