Love is at the center of all we do at the Latino Community Foundation. Understanding that philanthropy means the love of humanity, and finding ways to spread that love matters more now than ever. We are living in a time of warm smiles through virtual calls, increased unity spread through caring text messages, and relentless advocacy for long-term policy change.
Our Love Not Fear Fund was created as an expression of our love for grassroots organizations, those who are always on the frontlines of delivering hope and access to opportunity. Our nonprofit partners work tirelessly to make sure Latinos are seen and that their voices as heard. As soon as the pandemic hit, our organizations were providing masks to farmworkers, distributing food and medicine to elders, protecting our folks’ legal rights, and helping families access critical resources. This is our time to stand firm with them.
Thanks to more than 200 donors and several foundation partners, we are so proud to make our first round of Love Not Fear grants to these brave and bold organizations. We’ll be announcing next round of grants soon. Please continue to donate what you can and support our Latino-led organizations. They need to respond to immediate needs while also building their own long-term capacity during these unprecedented times.
MEET OUR LOVE NOT FEAR FUND GRANTEES:
ACT for Women and Girls | Tulare County
ACT is a reproductive justice organization in the Central Valley building power through leadership development, community organizing, advocacy, and policy change in our community. ACT has been tirelessly working to support teen moms by providing diapers, resources, and much needed mental health access for all, including LGBTQ youth who don’t feel welcomed or safe at home.
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno (CBDIO) | Fresno and Madera Counties
CBDIO is an organization that promotes and strengthens civic participation, economic, social, cultural development and resistance of indigenous communities. CBDIO is providing critical translation of COVID-19 resources and essential support to indigenous residents in the Central Valley.
Centro la Familia | Fresno County
Centro La Familia is essential to the community and has kept their doors open to maintain their regular services and offer food distribution, support residents with essential bills, give parents activity and lessons to do with their children, and support DACA applicants with filing fees.
Community Center for Arts and Technology (CCAT) | Fresno County
CCAT offers technology-based and cultural education to underserved youth and their families in Fresno and rural communities of the Central Valley. CCAT has been steadfast in distributing food to elders, sewing masks for farmworkers, and providing cash assistance to undocumented families who have experienced wage loss.
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance | Statewide
CIYJA is a statewide immigrant youth-led alliance that strengthens local and statewide grassroots organizing efforts to build collective power and advance pro-immigrant policies. Their COVID-19 response includes supporting undocumented members not eligible to receive federal funds due to their status, ending immigration detention, and maintaining the “Power Not Panic Undocumented Resource” guide.
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin | San Joaquin County
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin (FFSJ) is a progressive community organization working on the front lines of racial justice, community healing, trauma informed healing, community re-entry and more in the city of Stockton. FFSJ has taken quick action to deliver food and medicine to elders, to provide additional mental health access, and to advocate tirelessly for criminal justice reform and housing rights.
Nuestra Casa of East Palo Alto | San Mateo County
Nuestra Casa works to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto through community organizing and leadership development. Nuestra Casa uses collective power to shape policies and programs to make communities more equitable, prosperous, and healthy. They are operating a food bank, serving needs of parents, and working with undocumented families to address wage loss and rental assistance.
Services and Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) | Santa Clara County
SIREN works to empower immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, policy advocacy, civic engagement and low-cost and or free legal services. SIREN’s advocacy, bi-lingual resources and immigrant support is critical during this time.
TODEC Legal Center | Riverside County
TODEC works to empower disenfranchised immigrant communities in the Inland Empire to become economically, socially, and civically self-sufficient while enhancing individual self-esteem and community health. TODEC provides immigration legal services, community education, leadership development and more. They are offering food, critical resources, and actively advocating for improved health policies.
West Side Youth is a multi-service center that connects residents to wholesome activities and valuable programming in Mendota, a farmworking community in rural Fresno. They work with youth and immigrant families by providing a food pantry, warm meals, and organizing residents to advocate for more services.