11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know
Hispanic Heritage Month, officially founded in 1968, occurs each year from September 15 to October 15, a period which includes the anniversary of independence of eight Latin American countries. During National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., we recognize the contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States, and celebrate their heritage and culture. Across America, Hispanic and Latino organizations are leading the way in every realm, including advocacy, education, healthcare, and social services. Here are just a few of our favorite organizations, which deserve your support this month and all year-round!
1. Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. Through HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program, tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other and to mentors and resources.
NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. Founded in 1981, NALEO Educational Fund achieves its mission through integrated strategies that include increasing the effectiveness of Latino policymakers, mobilizing the Latino community to engage in civic life and promoting policies that advance Latino political engagement. They provide national leadership on key issues that affect Latino participation in our political process, including immigration and naturalization, voting rights, election reform, the Census and the appointment of qualified Latinos to top executive and judicial positions.
3. Grassroots Leadership
Grassroots Leadership works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past. As the for-profit prison industry has increasingly relied on immigration enforcement and detention to drive their profits, Grassroots Leadership has responded by increasing our scrutiny of for-profit immigrant detention and its impact on families and communities. Grassroots Leadership organizes communities to fight back against detention and deportation both in Texas and nationally.
4. Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership.Their work focuses on building a pipeline meant to serve and empower our community, consisting of three parts: civic engagement, issue advocacy, and leadership development. Through innovative digital campaigns, pop culture, and grassroots voices, they provide culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change, to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy.
5. Latino Victory
The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government. From school boards, to the Senate, to the White House, Latino Victory identifies, recruits, and develops candidates for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them. Latino Victory engages Latino voters and donors—in addition to developing Latino leaders—in order to elevate and advance values that are important to our communities. Latino Victory is developing a pipeline of Latino leaders who will fight for the issues that matter.
6. Unidos US
Since 1968, UnidosUS—formerly known as National Council of La Raza—has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos. They serve the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as program work in communities nationwide. They partner with a national network of nearly 300 Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.
7. Chicanos Por La Causa
Chicanos Por La Causa was founded in 1969 to confront oppression facing Latinos in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez. Now, they are one of the largest Hispanic nonprofits in the country, promoting stronger and healthier communities throughout the southwestern United States. Their vibrant community presence spans a comprehensive range of bilingual and bi-cultural services in Health & Human Services, Housing, Education, and Economic Development.
8. United We Dream
For undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., facing discrimination can lead to living in fear. United We Dream works to transform that fear into finding a voice. They empower immigrant youth to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop their own campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. Take action with them here.
9. Hispanic Scholarship Fund
As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible. HSF also seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.
10. National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier science-based and community-driven organization that focuses on the best health for all. Community-based members provide services to more than 15 million Hispanics throughout the U.S. every year and national organization members provide services to more than 100 million people annually. They work to ensure that health incorporates the best of science, culture, and community through listening to the individual, investing in leading community based organizations, working with national partners, examining and improving the resources and systems available, and designing solutions to make health a part of each person’s life.
11. Hispanic Institute
The Hispanic Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides an effective education forum for an informed and empowered Hispanic America. The Hispanic Institute manages several ongoing projects, including the study of Hispanic economic contributions, media monitoring, consumer fraud protection, citizenship education, and technology and telecommunication research.
This Hispanic Heritage month, we’re proud to support the campaign efforts of organizations serving the Hispanic and Latino communities every day.