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The San Francisco Foundation announces a $3 million investment to strengthen the Bay Area’s ecosystem of Latinx community organizers to help fight the region’s deep systemic inequities the pandemic exposed and deepened.

Ten Latinx-led organizations that focus on service delivery, organizing, and advocacy work will receive $250,000 each in general operating grants over two years to further their work. Additionally, SFF will provide resources to support the leadership and convening of this cohort. The grantees will convene multiple times a year to connect, build community, identify emerging opportunities or needs, and participate in capacity-building opportunities to strengthen Latinx power-building and advocacy across the region.

Oakland-based The Unity Council and San Francisco-based Galeria de la Raza will partner to lead the initiative. Read more.

“We are grateful to SFF’s leadership and Board of Trustees for not being afraid to think big and bold about the investments required to achieve true equity in our communities,” said Chris Iglesias, CEO of The Unity Council. “Latinos are the largest demographic group in California. They powered the economy during the pandemic. Through this power-building initiative, the Bay Area region has an opportunity to challenge the way philanthropy and the public and private sectors invest in the long-term success of Latino families.”

Grantees:  Latinx-led Organizations (by county)

  1. Canal Alliance (Marin) 
  2. CARECEN San Francisco (Regional) 
  3. Causa Justa :: Just Cause (Alameda/San Francisco) 
  4. Centro Legal de la Raza (Alameda/Contra Costa) 
  5. El/La Para TransLatinas (San Francisco) 
  6. Latina Center (Contra Costa) 
  7. Monument Impact (Contra Costa) 
  8. Mujeres Unidas y Activas (Regional) 
  9. PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights) (San Francisco) 
  10. PUENTE (Puente de la Costa Sur) (San Mateo)