Bringing LCF Grantees together to exchange ideas, challenges and strategies during a day-long convening is powerful. Doing it in a way that honors and respects the values of the Latino community is transformative. LCF strongly believes in the power of authentic, trust-based relationships to create and sustain individual, organizational, and social change.
Much of what LCF does is rooted in the idea of Familismo or simply known as cultivating a sense of family and value among our community of donors, funders, and grantees. Sitting beside our respected community leaders and funders, we had an opportunity to be heard, share insights, and aspirations of our work. So, as opposed to talking at each other we spoke with each other. In these conversations, reflections were sparked, but more importantly authentic relationships were made. In a warm and welcoming environment, a candid conversation has the power to change hearts and minds.
During our convening, we first sat in circulo, sharing our personal stories. We honored our roots and shared gratitude for our immigrant parents and grandparents. Inspiring Latino nonprofit leaders, Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, Juan Hernandez, and Socorro Santillan shared insights, fundraising strategies, and grant writing support with their peers.
This year, LCF also invited funders such as Justin Steele from Google.org, Pia Infante from Whitman Institute, Lateefah Simon of Rosenburg Foundation, Janeen Perez from the Tipping Point Community, and Christine Clark from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. These pioneers shared their personal stories and challenged Latino leaders to push philanthropy to address some of the toughest issues of our time.
The current lack of funding for Latino nonprofits – less than 1.4% of all philanthropic dollars go to Latino nonprofit organizations – must be addressed by building bridges. LCF is here to build those bridges.
Join us by promoting the work of our Latino-based nonprofit organizations. Here is a complete list of our current Grantees: http://latinocf.org/community.html
“This pic cannot quite do justice to the sacred space for nonprofit leaders and funders to swap story and talk real talk that Latino Community Foundation created yesterday. Side note: the first panel I’ve ever participated in where panelists are dispersed among a circle as opposed to lined up at the front firing squad style.” – Pia Infante #disruptingpatterns