By Elisabet Medina, San Francisco Latina Giving Circle Member
Latino Community Foundation – Latino Giving Circle Network® 3rd Annual Retreat: March 10, 2018
RECONNECT: Courageous leadership requires us to reconnect with ourselves, each other and with our community. Cheryl Contee, Co-Founder and CEO of Fission Strategy reminded us that “Diversity is a moral imperative, and it also is a business appeal, we need to draw from the talent and experience of all Americans. Leaders today do not want to have compartmentalize their lives, they want to be all of themselves.” Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, encouraged us to be crazy good with our performance as leaders and to build relationships. We tapped into our superpowers with Matt Waddell from Google’s Area 120, who showed us “The world is filled with superheroes. We are all figuring out our superpower.”
STRATEGIZE: Liberating capital for parity and equity. We started in November in 2012 with 15 women. There are 15 million Latinos that live in California. It’s more than numbers, it’s about owning our power and influence to connect to the big picture and make it happen. Latino Giving Circle Network’s members, have invested a total of $710,700 into 55 organizations. Giving Circles nationwide, have invested 1.2 billion dollars. We are a network of donor activists. We invest our time, money and resources to affect change. Hali Lee Co-Founder and Managing Director, Faces of Giving reminded us, “there is a great power in organized coordinated money and organized coordinated donors”.
MAXIMIZE IMPACT: Grants are only the beginning. Through Faith in the Valley, 450 people have been educated on their rights and “once they are civically engaged, no one has to convince them to go vote”. Pastor Trena Turner reported out that “we came up with a rapid response network for the Valley; which includes a 24/7 hotline for legal defense, this didn’t exist before you dollars.” The Digital NEST is bridging the divide and bringing tech education into rural communities. “Our goal is to be in every community between San Jose and Los Angeles” Jacob Martinez, Founder and Executive Director. Visiting, joining a board, following on social media, volunteering these are all the ways donors are making a lasting impact.
• Video: Sticky Stories – Communicate Differently, by Juan Carlos Velten, Founder, Zealmark, Innovation Lab Silicon Valley.
• Slide Deck: Fanning a Movement Across the U.S. – What Ties Us Together, by Hali Lee, Founder, Asian Women Giving Circle and Faces of Giving.
Now it’s your turn to make an impact, here’s how:
• Become a member! Join the Latino Giving Circle Network
• Refer a friend to join! Click here
• Get informed on the 2020 Census