Our Story

The origin story of the Latino Giving Circle Network begins with the SF Latina Giving Circle founded by 14 Latinas who wanted to see change in their communities. These bold “Fundadoras” or founders, were looking for a way to build and serve the community. LCF created a unique space for authentic relationship building. We poured wine, shared personal stories, and broke bread together at the San Francisco Foundation Board room. Each month, we recruited new members and grew to 40 members– the rest is history!

Today this circle remains as one of the largest with 40 members who are civically active, fun loving and have incredible careers across all sectors. They continue to build an intergenerational space centered on relationships, love and mentorship for Latinas across the city. In 2020, they became one of our first Circles to distribute rapid response funds in the early days of the pandemic.

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35
Members
$274,660
Given in Grants
2012
Year Established

Funding Priorities

Family Education

Civic Engagement

Words from Members

  • I am very proud of having been part of the first Giving Circle! The most exciting part is that we started a movement of Latinos for Latinos!!!

    Yolis Ruiz - San Francisco Latina
  • #SheSePuede

    Patty Rodriguez - San Francisco Latina
  • I love contributing to my community and meeting other leading Latinas in so many different fields!

    Natasha Cougoule - San Francisco Latina
  • Being one of the founding members, I will never forget the first meeting when the LCF team pitched the idea for the first giving circle. I knew it will grow, I didn’t know how fast and what a great impact this philanthropic movement will have. It’s been 8 years and counting. To me, being a member of the LatinX Giving Circle Network is all about giving back, supporting our community, celebrating our culture and who we are. It’s a life-long heart commitment.

    Maria Alvarez - San Francisco Latina
  • Latinas always find a way!

    Lucy Arellano Baglieri - San Francisco Latina
  • Definitely love the connections I’ve made with this beautiful and vibrant community. It’s always better to give together!

    Linda Ruiz David - San Francisco Latina
  • I love all the amazing women in my Giving Circle. Every thing we do is with love and passion. Every time we get together I know I am with familia.

    Janeth Medina Larios - San Francisco Latina
  • Individually we might be a “granito de arena” (grain of sand), but our giving circles are a testament to how we can all come together to make a difference and support our community.

    Bianca Diaz - San Francisco Latina
  • I’m so grateful to be connected to a community of Latinx people building serious power in California. I haven’t been very connected to Latinx community outside of my family, and it gives me life to be around these amazing women. I’ve been inspired in every meeting and every call.

    Anne Gomez - San Francisco Latina
  • I love being part of LCF’s Giving Circle Network; this movement draws upon the collective power, vision and hopes we have for nurturing and building stronger, resilient and equitable Latinx communities.

    Anna Luna - San Francisco Latina

Our Current Grantees

GRANTS HISTORY

2021 Meetings

This Year’s Giving Timeline: February 3  |  May 5  |  September 8

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.

Members

  • Lead Members

    Elisabet Medina

    Elizabeth Parrott

    Janeth Medina

  • A-E

    Adriana Duque Hughes

    Angela M Ty

    Anna Luna

    Bianca Diaz

    Brianna Stellpflug

    Christiane Gonzalez

    Cynthia Cevallos

    Anne Gomez

  • F-L

    Elisa Arevalo Boone

    Evelia Perez

    Jessica Mindich

    Kate Seely

    Katerine Jimenez

    Laia Grino

    Leticia Dorado

    Linda Ruiz David

    Lucy Arellano Baglieri

  • M-Z

    Marce Graudiņš

    Maria Alvarez

    Maritza Walter

    Margarita Florez

    Monica Gras

    Natasha Cougoule

    Noelle Colomé

    Paola Moreno-Roman

    Paola Garcia

    Patricia Millan

    Patty Rodriguez

    Tanya Macedo

    Tessa Rouverol Callejo

    Vanessa Tapia Hartigan

    Xochi Birch

    Yolis Ruiz

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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.