New Fund Distributes $100K to Strengthen Latino Community
October 27, 2014 Five Boston-based nonprofits that serve early childhood needs in Greater Boston Latino neighborhoods have received a total of $100,000 in grants, the first made from a new fund that aims to strengthen the areas Latino community.
The Latino Legacy Fund, a permanent fund of The Boston Foundation
, the first of its kind in the area, is focusing its initial funding on programs that help create economic opportunity by improving Latino education in Greater Boston.
Data illustrate all-too-clearly the challenges facing the youngest Latinos in Greater Boston, but these five organizations have demonstrated in their applications and in their current work in the community the ability to have an impact and improve the lives of Latino children and families," said Aixa Beauchamp, co-founder of the Latino Legacy Fund and managing director of Beauchamp & Associates.
The grantees, which engaged in a competitive application process, were chosen by an advisory committee composed of of a diverse group of Latino philanthropic, nonprofit and business community leaders. They are:
- Horizons for Homeless Children, Roxbury $15,000 for a specialized professional development course for their bilingual staff, delivered by Wheelock Colleges Aspire Institute.
- Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston $25,000 for support of a public outreach campaign to educate families in the South End and Lower Roxbury about how to access and navigate the states Early Childhood Education and Care financial assistance program.
- Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., Jamaica Plain $15,000 for the Educators Helping Educators program, which seeks offer intense, individualized support for 25 Latina educators in JPNDCs Family Childcare System.
- La Alianza Hispana , Roxbury $25,000 to support the expansion of the Madres y Ninos en Proceso home visiting program which integrates educational curriculum with health, child safety, parenting training and case management to ensure that mothers are better prepared to help educate and advocate for their children.
- The Nurtury, Boston $20,000 to support technology training for Latino family childcare providers focused on the Teaching Strategies Gold platform, a curriculum development and assessment tool.
These organizations play different roles in the Latino community, but they all provide critical information, support and/or services to Latinos in neighborhoods across Greater Boston," said Juan Carlos Morales, co-founder of the Latino Legacy Fund and Global CFO at TIAA-CREF. We are pleased to make them the first of what we are confident will be a long list of grants aimed at supporting organizations that improve the lives and opportunities of Latinos in the years to come."
The Latino Legacy Fund is building a $1 million fund to create a brighter future for the Latino community in Greater Boston. The Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy each have pledged $250,000 in challenge grants, with additional gifts from John Hancock, Eastern Bank, and MFS Investment Services, as well as a number of other corporate and individual donors.