The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) had its first 2018 Membership Meeting and convening with representatives of 21 Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations across the state. We are grateful to The Coca-Cola Company for welcoming in their home and hosting our meeting.
Discussions took place to shape a strategic agenda on three specific priorities:
a) 2020 CENSUS
Galeo.org will be leading the Complete Count Committee and all organizations are invited to join in and support the efforts to reach, and educate our families on the importance of the census and its repercussions in our (hard-to-count) communities.
Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) will actively look to coordinate, facilitate and lead funder collaborations to support the work grassroots organizations will do around the census efforts. Interested in supporting this effort? Email us.
b) A Wealth Building Agenda for Latinx in Georgia
Latino Community Fund, in partnership with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, Goizueta Business School, Invest Atlanta, the Small Business Development Center (Office of Minority Business) and a number of community partners, is undertaking the first Georgia Latino Entrepreneurship Study. The project focused on micro, small and medium-sized businesses 51% owned by Latinx/Hispanics aims to develop a profile and needs assessment of Latino businesses in the state.
Policy briefings, programmatic recommendations and toolkits for cities, economic development offices, nonprofits and financial institutions will be provided once the report and findings are announced. Interested in supporting this project? Email us.
c) Families WellBeing. Health Means Business
Immigration enforcement, access to higher education, lack of health insurance, affordable housing, technology gaps, all contribute as social determinations to the health, and well-being of our communities in Georgia.
Georgia is the #1 state for businesses yet Atlanta, its capital, ranks among the worst cities in the country for economic mobility. 41% of all Latinos in the state under 17 years old live in poverty and in 2016, the real per capita income was lower than it was in 2000.
In 2018, our approach is two-fold:
- Connect providers and community leaders among themselves to explore economies of scale, discuss avenues for collaboration and learn from each other. The 5th Annual Latino Summit will focus on: “Health Means Business” including a resource fair for the community as well as an opportunity for LCF Georgia members to convene. This event is organizations in partnership with Ser Familia.
- Community asset mapping. There are three reasons why our families, students and entrepreneurs do not take advantage of the current services and programs offered: Lack of knowledge that the programs exist, lack of time and transportation to get to where the programs and services are delivered and lack of cultural or language competencies where the programs/services are delivered. This project has as an outcome the creation of a map with all points of service and programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate across the state.
This exercise will be updated every year as we discover and gather new information from community organizations.
The intended outcome is threefold:
- For families, to know where to find help
- For nonprofits, to learn about geographic pockets without services and explore expansion and collaboration opportunities
- For funders, to identify possible partners based on geographic location or area of service.