The Campaign: YoVoy a Votar ¿Y Tú? and
the Expansion of the Latino Giving Circle Network empower the leaders of today
Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California. They have the power to shape its future. The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by remembering the leaders of the past and by empowering the leaders of today through two civic engagement campaigns: Yo Voy a Votar ¿Y Tú? and the expansion of the Latino Giving Circle Network.
Yo Voy A Votar ¿Y Tú? Campaign Only 17% of California’s 7 million eligible Latinos are likely to vote, a statistic that LCF is committed to changing. LCF has launched a multi-media and grassroots campaign to reach 1M Latinos and to register 10,000 new Latino voters. LCF partnered with three grassroots Latino-led organizations —SIREN, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, and Mi Familia Vota— to recruit, train and deploy 100 bilingual canvassers at five concerts in San Jose, Stockton, and Los Angeles. Canvassers will help register Latino voters at five concerts with music icons Marco Antonio Solís, Marc Anthony, and Gloria Trevi. “Our democracy depends on the civic and political participation of our citizens — every single one of them,” says Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation.
The Latino Giving Circle Network (LGCN) combines the power of giving through dynamic philanthropic circles. Members choose which Latino-led organizations will receive their funds. Launched in 2012 with 14 members, LGCN now has 230 members in 10 circles and have invested $248,000. The Fresno and Los Angeles Latino Giving Circles will launch during Hispanic Heritage Month. “The Latino Giving Circle Network is igniting a movement of change agents committed to unleashing the power and talent of the Latino community in California,” says Sara Velten, VP of Philanthropy.
How to get involved in the LCF Month of Action to honor Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Yo Voy a Votar ¿Y Tú? Campaign – Register to vote and encourage others to do the same! Volunteer to register voters at concerts or other upcoming registration drives. Learn more about the campaign at: http://latinocf.org/mobilize_latino_vote.html
- Latino Giving Circle Network – Join a Giving Circle and work with inspiring Latino leaders on improving the lives of our community in California. Membership rate is $84 a month and 100% of the funds raised are invested back into the Latino community. Email Sara Velten at email@example.com.
About the Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) inspires philanthropy, invests in Latino nonprofit organizations and unites leaders to advocate for change. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of corporate, political and grassroots power, LCF creates and nurtures relationships designed to amplify and accelerate impact in unprecedented ways. LCF connects donors to emerging leaders, community organizations with funding, and advocates with the key decision-makers. At LCF, our approach is rooted in the very essence of what it means to be Latino, with a fierce tenacity and a focus on community and relationships. For more information about LCF visit www.latinocf.org and facebook/latinocommunityfoundation
Press Contact: Masha V. Chernyak
Vice President of Programs and Policy