Impact Explosion is an annual convening that brings together donors, grantees and people whose lives have been transformed through the LCFC's investments to learn about the works of the LCFC and the impact it is having in Latino communities throughout Colorado.

In March of 2019 we held our annual event at the Governor’s Mansion and presented the Philanthropist of the Year award to Marlene De La Rosa, LaPhonso Salas and TaShina Salas.

“I enjoy helping people believe that giving back has tremendous value,” says Marlene De La Rosa, LCFC Philanthropist of the Year. Her mother instilled the importance of giving at a young age and she in turn has passed it down to her children, LaPhonso and TaShina.

Through her talents, time and treasure, Marlene has been instrumental in improving educational outcomes for young men of color for over 25 years and has volunteered for Denver Public Schools for 20 years. She actively volunteers with Mi Casa Resource Center, previously served on the Board of the Mile High Montessori Schools and has volunteered for 18 years at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza where her children have volunteered as well.  She currently serves as the co-chair of Latinas Give, a giving circle that raises money and redistributes it as grants to nonprofits.

Philanthropy is second nature for Marlene and she passes on the values of selflessly donating time, talent and treasure to her children. TaShina has been volunteering in her community as a lacrosse coach at Kennedy High School. For her, “Giving back to the community is a feeling you can’t get anywhere else. To know that you made a difference in someone’s life is special.”

Both LaPhonso and TaShina have also been part of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s Young Latino Philanthropists and have participated in the grantmaking process.