The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) is a 501 (c)(3) organization supporting Latino-serving nonprofits in Georgia with advocacy, program development, technical assistance and grant making.
We are the only organization in Georgia creating direct opportunities for direct giving and philanthropic advise for businesses, families and foundations focused on Latino investing.
We ADVOCATE for and AMPLIFY diverse community voices, we BUILD and STRENGTHEN our organizations and families and we INVEST DIRECTLY in our own.
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 intended to benefit Latinos have remained stagnant at around 1%. Out of this 1%, the Western region of 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 Georgia works to:
- Increase capacity for nonprofits to compete and acquire funding.
- Raise awareness of a fast growing and hard-working community that is highly entrepreneurial and resilient and well deserving of investment.
- Steward and encourage younger generations to invest and re-invest in their own community.