Spring is a season of growth, change and new life and this is certainly the case for the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado this year.
We have launched as an independent 501c3 organization, moved into our new offices and hosted an Open House with friends and family, including long-time supporters and new faces. We have also been busy with programs and events designed to build leadership in the Latino community, support the organizations doing grassroots work throughout the state and more. Read more below about our team, our programs, our events, and our vision for the future of Latinos in Colorado.
As always, if you have questions or want to share an idea, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing where we all can go from here.
—Carlos Martinez, LCFC President & CEO
latinas lead power summit
Join Latinas LEAD and the LCFC for the 3rd Annual Latinas LEAD Power Summit. With a mission to build a strong, vibrant, Latina community, this full day conference is designed to create a shared learning environment and highlight the unique strengths, challenges and opportunities Latina women face as they continue in their personal and professional development.
This year's event will feature two musical performances by Diana Gameros, intimate presentations on the spectrum of Latina identity (Inspiraciones), a panel featuring Las Mujeres Valientes project fellows (Women of Wisdom 50+) and more.
2018 aNNUAL REPORT
While we are excited for all that 2019 has in store, we also created the 2018 Annual Report in order to reflect back on our work this past year. In 2018, we provided grants to 40 organizations, hosted 600+ people at our annual Telling Our Story Forums in Alamosa, Denver, Fort Morgan and Glenwood Springs and launched our Las Mujeres Valientes project and Latino Community Wellness program.
PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE YEAR
The LCFC hosts an annual Impact Explosion Donor Reception to not only thank all the LCFC donors for their support, but also to honor outstanding philanthropists in the community. 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, who give of their time, talent and treasure not only to the LCFC, but countless other nonprofits in Colorado.
“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.
LCFC OPEN HOUSE
Thank you to everyone who attended the LCFC Open House on Thursday, April 18! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, funders, community partners and supporters these past 11 years, the LCFC has impacted tens of thousands of Latinos throughout Colorado through nearly $6 million in investments. Over 100 members of the LCFC family stopped by to see our new offices in Southeast Denver, enjoy some horchata and snacks and talk about the next phase of the LCFC’s future.
leadership training with dr. maria elena letona
This spring, the LCFC hosted Dr. Maria Elena Letona who led a leadership training to 15 Latino leaders representing six cities across Colorado. Over the course of four days, Elena covered topics such as “who am I?” as a leader; defining one’s worldview; understanding political, social and economic contexts and their impact on communities; power dynamics; roots of social problems and understanding different types of organizations.
Ana Baez, a community leader from Aurora, shared that she “loved it!! Everything was very different from other trainings. I loved it when we talked about the ‘I.’ Who am I? How do I feel? What do I expect from myself? As community leaders we must know who we are and what we can give, how I am inside and how my environment is. It is difficult to help your community when you are not well, so to know who I am? I loved it! We also talked about how systems are composed, for example the worldview of the health system, we danced and had a lot of fun!”
Dr. Letona was born in El Salvador and has over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Currently, she directs Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, a membership organization of working-class, low-income, people of color and immigrants dedicated to building power to achieve racial, economic and environmental justice.
las mujeres valientes—building community statewide
Throughout the past several months the six Las Mujeres Valientes Fellows have been creating space across the state for Latinas to gather to share knowledge and experiences and communicate across generations on leadership, career, family, education, culture, traditions and aging. This statewide community-driven fellowship model puts the power back into the hands of the community, empowering the Fellows to listen, learn and curate programming around community needs and wants.
The Fellows have succeeded in achieving many of the fellowship goals including the expansion of the circle of amistad among Latinas statewide, providing opportunity and encouragement for cross-generational dialogue and knowledge exchange among Women of Wisdom (Latinas 50+) and younger Latinas. The first year of the Las Mujeres Valientes pilot project has been focused on awareness and community building across generations and dispelling the myths of aging and ageism.
We are excited about the possibilities and know firsthand the passion and leadership that already exists. Next steps for the project will be community driven and varied. We could see groups of Latinas decide to formalize groups or chapters working to identify issues and create action plans, or we may see the creation of social groups that meet weekly or monthly to support one another. Through the leadership of the fellows, Latinas will decide how they want to evolve. This project is supported by NextFifty.
The LCFC is proud to welcome a new member to the team! Marisa Gautney, program assistant and intern, is a recent graduate from University of Colorado, Denver, with a BA in Public Health and Psychology. As a Denver native she has been involved in the Latino community of Colorado for years. Marisa is working on data collection and other key programmatic organizational work for LCFC and many of our familia may have met her at the Open House a few weeks ago.
latinas first foundation awards
The Latinas First Foundation celebrates and elevates the Latina community by focusing on the cultural and historical contributions of Latinas in Colorado. This year, the LCFC's own Rachel Griego will be honored at the 8th annual Latinas First Foundation luncheon with the Unsung Hero award. Rachel is not only the Vice President of Philanthropy at the LCFC, she is the visionary behind Latinas LEAD's expansive programming including the new Las Mujeres Valientes project, and the Latinas LEAD Power Summit. In addition to her work at the LCFC, she is experienced in working with diverse populations and clientele that include nonprofit, for-profit, government, foundation and non-government agencies and organizations.
The 8th annual Latinas First Foundation luncheon will also honor Board Chair Gloria Schoch with the Trailblazer award. Gloria Schoch is the first Latina to lead Molson Coors’ Global External Communications and Community Affairs.
Congratulations Rachel and Gloria!