11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know
Editors’ note: this blog was originally published on September 17, 2020 and was updated in September of 2021.
Officially established in 1968, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15 to October 15 — a period which includes the independence anniversaries of eight Latin American countries. During National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., we recognize the contributions and importance of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Organizations like the ones on this list are leading the way across issue areas, from advocacy and education to healthcare and social services — here are just a few who deserve support this month and all year round!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
SALEF’s mission is “to promote the civic participation and representation of the Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S., promote the economic development and democracy in El Salvador, as well as to advocate for its economic, educational, and political advancement and growth.” SALEF’s core values are social justice, advancing democracy, leadership development, education, and trust. They believe “it is vital to increase the Latino voice in the political and electoral process.”
LatinoLEAD brings together Minnesota Latinx leaders from across the state, that include various ethnicities, generations, and working sectors to have a greater social impact through collaboration, power building, and leadership development. They envision a world where “[their] Latinx community of all stages of their career are civically engaged, connected, supported, and seen as a vital voice of influence nationwide.” LatinoLEAD’s mission as Latinx leaders across all sectors is to “join together to create innovative strategies to drive and define policies and perceptions that advance Latino collective influence, success and power.”
6. Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting was established in 1998 and provides a voice to the diverse Latino community on public media throughout the United States. They are “the leader of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans.”
7. Mi Familia Vota
Mi Familia Vota was established in 2000 and is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. Their mission is “to build Latino political power by expanding the electorate, strengthening local infrastructures, and through year-round voter engagement.”
GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond.
9. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice envisions a society where Latinas/xs are thriving and free to activate our power to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and families. Their core values shape their work, which is to “strive for Latinas/xs to live with dignity about our sexualities and genders.” They are driven by a reproductive justice framework, and work to build power so that Latina/x communities can exercise autonomy over their bodies and secure equal access to reproductive health as a human right.
10. Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (COPAL)
COPAL’s mission is to unite Latinos in Minnesota in a community democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice. Their vision is to “build a world that is fair, equitable, enjoyable, and environmentally sustainable for all,” and they organize around that vision in accordance with the Jémez Principles:
- Be inclusive
- Emphasis on organizing from the bottom up
- Let people speak for themselves
- Work together in solidarity and mutuality
- Build fair relationships between us
- Commitment to personal transformation
11. Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
COLOR is a community-rooted organization working to enable Latinx individuals and their families to lead safe, healthy, and self-determined lives. Their values include justice and equity for all people; creating awareness of intersectionality and the ways it is used to either support or marginalize Latinx communities; being community rooted; working to create intergenerational opportunities and leadership; and modeling sex positivity and support for Latinx individuals’ right to make their own decisions.