The Latino Community Fund (LCF) creates opportunities for direct giving, individual investment and community building by strengthening our organizations and by promoting and advocating for a positive and comprehensive narrative of our community, talents, contributions and potential.
Since 1990, the Latino/Hispanic community has grown almost ten-fold in Georgia. Against this demographic background, the Foundation Center issued a study in 2011 to understand US Foundation giving and giving trends to Latinos in the country. It remains the only study of its kind. The study found that dollars intented to benefit Latinos have remain stagnant at around 1%. Out of this 1%, the Western region on the United States, received the largest share (42%) with the vast majority of this funding going to California.
The Southeast is the region with the smallest market share in funding (both from private foundations and corporate foundations) with Georgia receiving only 0.7% of the 1% of funding allocated to Latinos nationally.
In Georgia, there are dozens of small nonprofits and community organizations working with Latinos that face significant challenges when building capacity and acquiring funding to support their programs and initiatives. These organizations are often times deeply embedded in the communities they serve and have excellent knowledge of their constituents yet they are underfunded, understaffed and stretched to the limit as they continually struggle to use their limited resources to serve their local communities.
LCF works to a) Increase capacity for non-profits to compete and acquire funding b) Raise awareness of a fast growing and hard working community that is highly entrepreneurial and resilient and well deserving of investment. c) Steward and encourage younger generations to invest and re-invest in their own community.
Specifically, LCF works to strengthen Latino-serving nonprofits and community organizations in working in the following key areas:
-Leadership development and civic engagement
-Health and healthy relationships
-Educational access and attainment
-Entrepreneurship and economic justice