10 local and state organizations doing great work with Latino communities

For this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight the phenomenal work led by local and state-based organizations serving Latinos year-round.
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Here at the Gates Foundation, we’re committed to partnering with organizations that create opportunities for Latinos to pursue and complete degrees, enter the workforce, build healthy families and communities, engage in policy and advocacy to advance equity, become leaders in their own locales, and more. For this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight the phenomenal work led by local and state-based organizations serving Latinos year-round. Here are just a few of our grantees doing great work with Latino communities:

California Latino School Boards Association

CLSBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring Latino/a/x students have the best educational opportunities and resources available to succeed. They are committed to meeting the educational needs for all Latino/a/x students by working with educational organizations and empowering current and future Latino/a/x School board members. Together, they seek to positively change and improve the educational outcomes for Latino/a/x students in California. Follow them at: @clsba

Californians Together

Californians Together aims for an educational system that is funded and structured so every child will have full access to a high quality 21st century education and will graduate from our public schools fully prepared for success in college and career and full civic participation. Their goal is that each student will achieve or possess cross-cultural skills and knowledge, connections to their families and communities, informational and technological literacy, communication and literacy skills in more than one language. Follow them at: @CalTog

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project

The mission of the CLYLP is to enhance and further develop the leadership potential of California’s youth as they prepare to become the future leaders of the state and nation. They do this by strengthening students’ knowledge of state and local politics; emphasizing the importance of cultural and family values; inspiring students to realize their potential through interaction with leaders; and encouraging students to continue their education by attending college. Follow them at: @CLYLP

El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races) is a voice and a hub for the Latino community in Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County through their 43 programs and services for low-income children, youth, families, and seniors of all backgrounds. They work to achieve equitable social and economic justice for all peoples and empower them to be fully involved in our community. Follow them at: @elcentro72

Latino Student Fund

LSF addresses disparities in access to education for underrepresented students in Washington, DC. LSF provides opportunities for a strong academic foundation for underserved PreK-12th grade students and their families to promote higher education and professional leadership by providing year-round, out-of-school-time programs for low-income, at-risk students and their families with the goal of increasing levels of educational attainment in the community. Follow them at: @LSFund

Latino Community Fund of Washington State

The Latino Community Fund cultivates new leaders, supports cultural and community-based non-profit organizations, and improves the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Their vision is a vibrant and civically engaged Latino community in Washington. LCF identifies, shares and advocates for what is working in the Latino community. LCF programs create a vibrant community through civic engagement, healthy families, arts and culture. Follow them at: @LCFWA

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

HOPEis a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in California committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to the benefit of all communities and the status of women. HOPE has focused on empowering communities through advocacy, Latina leadership training, and increasing knowledge on the contributions Latinas have made to advance the status of women for the past 30 years. Follow them at: @HOPELatinas

Parent Institute for Quality Education

PIQE has been providing evidence-based programs to California families and schools since 1987. Serving nearly 400 schools from 130 school districts and more than 18,000 families annually, PIQE works with English learners, immigrants, refugees and low-income families. PIQE helps enable parents’ capacity to engage in their children’s education and strengthens parent-teacher-school collaboration. Follow them at: @PIQEUSA

RGV Focus

RGV Focus is a collective impact initiative created in collaboration with Educate Texas and Communities Foundation of Texas. Founded in 2012, their mission is to transform college readiness, access and success in the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, a region that is over 90 percent Latino: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy. Follow them at @RGVFOCUS

Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation

Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation is dedicated and committed to analyzing, exploring, and deconstructing the political, economic, social, demographic, and familial attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives of Texas Hispanics and to understanding existing and emerging social, political, and commercial trends within the Texas Hispanic community. Follow them at: @TexHPF


We’re grateful to partner with these and other grantees that lift up Latino voices and advance the education and livelihoods of Latino communities. We encourage you to look more into their great work!