With a clearly defined purpose of strengthening the Latino community and transforming lives by working for racial equity and social justice, the Latino Community Fund seeks to inspire action through precise giving guidelines, including giving focused on organizations guided by Latino voices.

Last year, LCF continued developing its grantmaking priorities and engaged two Latino-led and Latino-serving nonprofit programs in a strategic participatory grantmaking process. LCF specifically chose to utilize a participatory grantmaking process because it provides space for the inclusion of community voice. This model has been used successfully by other forward-thinking philanthropic organizations on a national level, and the LCF leadership team believes that it’s the right model for Southern Arizona.

“We believe that the philanthropic process should complement the philanthropic purpose,” says Claudia Jasso, LCF Founder. “The Latino community has the inherent knowledge and strength to create real, positive, and lasting change. The inclusion of community voice encourages authentic communication about what the community needs and the cultivation of grassroots leadership in Southern Arizona.”

The grantees selected are doing critical work and providing daily essentials to our community. The Casa Alitas Program serves migrant families and pregnant women who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty. The program provides care, short-term shelter, and support to reunite them with family members in the United States.

The Colores Unidos Initiative also received funding to provide an inclusive safe space for the LGBTQ+ Latinx community. As the only LGBTQ+ group in our region that is for Latinos by Latinos, the initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections by reducing language, socioeconomic, and stigmatization barriers in rural Arizona communities.

We believe that the philanthropic process should complement the philanthropic purpose.

— Claudia Jasso, LCF Founder