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Dear Community,

As Colorado’s long hot summer ends, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado is getting ready for the annual Telling Our Story Forum, Visión 2020: Latinidad en Colorado, as we do every Fall. Last year, we hosted three regional forums culminating in a statewide convening in Denver and welcoming over 600 guests. Our theme in 2018 was “The Force of a United Voice.” Traveling across Colorado we experienced a vibrant and diverse community. We listened and learned more about each community’s successes and challenges and the desire for more engagement and connection.

In response to community requests, this year, our Sunday September 15 Forum in Denver is for everyone as a united community! We are thinking of it as a big Sunday family gathering for any and all Latino Coloradans whether recent immigrants or folks with families going back generations, whether attendees are bilingual or only speak English or Spanish. We have discounted pricing for youth ages 13-21 and older adults 60+ as well as "family” packages for whatever family means to you. We hope to see you there!

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


telling our story forum

Kick off Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month with us for the sixth annual Telling Our Story Forum, Visión 2020: Latinidad en Colorado.

We invite you and your family to join us on Sunday, September 15 to hear and learn from Latino leaders statewide around building the three Cs—civic commitment, civic skills, and building civic power individually and in community. Join us to make new connections and partnerships and be inspired to help grow power and influence locally, regionally and statewide.

This program is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building


las mujeres valientes pilot project wrap

On July 18 our Las Mujeres Valientes (LMV) Fellows concluded their yearlong Fellowship with a reflective closing retreat and celebration. Hundreds of Latinas statewide attended at least one event held by or featuring LMV fellows, including women aged 14 to 82. For many who had contact with Fellows or attended events and gatherings, it felt like a new beginning—a next chapter of their lives, carrying age with pride, emboldened with knowledge and wisdom waiting to be shared. Those who saw the panel featuring our Fellows reported reduced bias about aging and a renewed vision of women of wisdom as “mentors” and “full of teachings” in survey responses.

We hope to build on the success of the first year with a new class of Fellows who will work hand in hand with our inaugural class to continue to expand the circle of Amistad statewide to empower, support and inspire Latinas of all ages. For more information on LMV please contact Rachel Griego, VP Philanthropy at


opening doors wider Training

Join us on Friday, September 20 for an Opening Doors Wider Training. Latino Age Wave Colorado (LAWC) regularly hosts these trainings to raise awareness about the unique needs in serving Latino older adults and their families through a culturally responsive lens. Through Opening Doors Wider, we define and explore cultural assets, share current and projected demographic data and identify opportunities for equity in service delivery. This training is open to the public and geared to health and human service providers in the public and private sectors, advocates and students.

The next training will be on Wednesday, September 20, 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m at the LCFC offices. Lunch will be provided and the location is ADA accessible. Each session is limited to 15 participants in order to provide intentional interaction. Light refreshments and all materials are provided.


tell us what you think about the lcfc

We know what the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) means to us. What does it mean to you?

As a new 501c3 organization, we are thinking about the big picture of what we do in community, as well as the details of how we reach out to you and message our work. Please take our LCFC survey! It is in English and Spanish and takes about 10 minutes. At the end, fill out the link for a chance to win a FREE REGISTRATION for the Telling Our Story Forum!


latino age wave colorado - montbello picnic

This summer, Latino Age Wave Colorado | Conectoras de Montbello was thrilled to partner with many wonderful people and organizations to host an inaugural Senior Olympics event for the older adults and families of the Montbello Community. The event, attracting more than 300 attendees, included older adult and family friendly races, a resource fair, DJ, food, Latinx folk dancers and even a climbing wall! A very special thank you to Pam Jiner, Montbello Walks, Montbello 20/20, GirlTrek, Montbello Organizing Committee, Denver Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, Denver Councilman Christopher J. Herndon, Northeast Transportation Connections, Alzheimer's Association: Colorado Chapter, The Center on Colfax, Bondadosa, A Little Help, City of Denver's Office on Aging, City of Denver’s Parks and Recreation, Honored Photography and others who made the 2019 Senior Olympics in Montbello a huge success!


sol awardee - san luis valley immigrant resource center

Congratulations to this year’s recipient for the Soul of Leadership (SOL) Award, the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center (SLVIRC)! Created to serve low-income immigrants' need for assistance in filling out essential applications for political asylum, amnesty, and other legal status, SLVIRC has served immigrants in the entire San Luis Valley and beyond for over 30 years. This grassroots organization serves a geographically remote area in south-central Colorado, home to more than 40,000 residents and 10,000 migrant and seasonal workers. Much of the population lives below the poverty level, and the majority of the clientele served is of Mexican and Guatemalan descent.

The SLVIRC educates and empowers immigrants through advocacy, education and immigration legal assistance through its three existing programs: Immigration Legal Assistance, Por-Ti Misma-Assisting Battered Immigrants and Punto de Vista Education and Outreach Program. Join us for the Telling Our Story Forum to see SLVIRC receive this award!


young latino philanthropists - Summer bbq and save the date for Philanthropy Inspired

This summer, Young Latino Philanthropists lost one of our own when Mericia Quiñones passed on June 13. In July, we held our annual summer BBQ in her honor. This fall, we will continue to do the work that our Latino community needs, just as she would have wanted. Learn more about Mericia’s impact

Young Latino Philanthropists was started by a group of visionaries under 35 years old who wanted to make a difference in the Latino community by collectively pooling financial resources. Using the “giving circle” concept, these young visionaries are helping to grow leadership and philanthropy in Colorado. In addition to yearly grantmaking, Young Latino Philanthropists have year-round fundraisers, events and networking opportunities.

If you’re interested in learning more about Young Latino Philanthropists, follow YLP on Facebook or send an email to

Save the date for the Annual Philanthropy Inspired Event happening on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.



Volunteer with us for the Forum! The Telling Our Story Forum features national and statewide leaders and interactive spaces for making new connections. We have partial-day shifts available so you can both volunteer and attend for free.