The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s (LCFC) Young Latino Philanthropist Program (YLP) 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. YLP is a new generation of philanthropists dedicated to tackling pressing issues in the Latino community through culturally relevant giving. Money raised goes to Latino causes that are selected by the group. They focus their funding on projects that demonstrate innovation and originality in addressing community issues through new approaches. YLP seeks to fund innovation and forward thinkers whose project ideas encompass the values of family, empowerment and cultural inclusiveness to build strong communities.

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 us on Facebook or send an email to

YLP 2019 Leadership:

  • Mitchell Gonzales, Co-Chair

  • Felipe Vieyra, Co-Chair

  • Diana M. Pineda, Grantmaking Co-Chair

  • Vicente Cardona, Treasurer

  • Denise Santana, Secretary

  • Allie Barnard

  • Jesus Loayza

  • LaPhonso Salas

  • Charles “Chaz” DeHerrera

YLP’s 2019 Grantees Include:

·    Westminster High School Mariachi Program: who are providing their students the opportunity to delve into mariachi, allowing their students to tap into their culture at WHS. They'll be adding more instruments to their mariachi department to allow more students access to the program. 

·    Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: Will be providing a new program: Latinx Urban and Rural Leaders Building Power, where youth and adults from Adams, Denver, and Lake Counties participate in organizing and leadership training opportunities during the Jan- May 2019 period.

·    YouthSeen: Youth Seen provides mental health and case management services to families of color with trans identified youth. In an effort to provide additional resources and space for families to build community, Youth Seen has developed a support group for parents of color. 

·    Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha: The funding will help deliver another successful Promotores training to a new cohort of community members who will have the tools they need to organize and build stronger communities around the environment and climate justice. 

·    Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network - RMIAN: The funding will support RMIAN’s Children’s Program, which provides free immigration legal services to abused, abandoned, and neglected children as well as to children and families fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in the United States. 

·    La Pinata de Aprendizaje: Funding will support their educational program for parents and people that provide childcare to kids from right after childbirth to five years of age.

·    Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce: The funding will support their Junior Latino Chamber Summer Entreprenuership Program. This program affords students the chance to explore the possibilities of becoming the next generation of entrepreneur’s and leaders.

“70 percent of Latinos in Colorado are under the age of 40. We need to harness their time, talent and funds to create a land of opportunity for Latinos.”

– Mitchell Gonzales, Young Latino Philanthropist