Celebrated from September 15 to October 15, Latinx Heritage Month is a tribute to the contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to U.S. art, culture, and society.
A 2021 study shows that a mere 3.6% of nonprofit funding goes to organizations led by people of color. Despite disproportionately low funding, grassroots organizations led by and serving BIPOC communities are at the forefront of a wide range of social, racial, and gender equity campaigns throughout the US.
In particular, many grassroots organizations led by or serving members of the Latinx community often struggle to find funding in today’s nonprofit landscape. Built on a devotion to culture and community, these nonprofits play an invaluable role in fostering the growth, health, and vibrancy of the Latinx community.
Check out the list below for impactful Latinx-led nonprofits that operate on a budget of around $1 million or less. Whether you give as an individual or pool your resources with a giving circle, you can play a role in channeling more funding to BIPOC led organizations through strategic and intentional giving.
You can also discover more Latinx nonprofits to support by checking out the Latino Community Foundation’s nonprofit accelerator program, which applies a startup funding lens to investing in nonprofits.
Caminar Latino – Latinos United for Peace and Equity is a national trailblazer that carries out its mission by creating safe spaces for each family member to begin their journey towards non-violence and by centering the Latino experience into social change efforts nationally that will transform the social conditions that give rise to violence. Caminar Latino operates in Atlanta and it is Georgia’s first and only comprehensive domestic violence intervention program for Latino families. Learn more. Learn more.
Centro Latino began in 2001 as a task force established by The United Methodist Churches (UMC) of Council Bluffs, with special efforts by Broadway UMC and the District Superintendent. Centro Latino includes representatives from the UMC and community agencies in Council Bluffs, all working together to assist Iowa’s growing Latino community, as there was no other agency providing service to Spanish speakers at the time. In November 2001, the task force – under the name Centro Latino – opened its offices in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where it has since grown into a community-led and community-serving organization for the Iowa Latinx population. Learn more.
Chicago Community and Workers Rights
Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights (CCWR) was founded in June 2009 by a group of Latino immigrant workers who saw a need for an organization dedicated to empowering all laborers to defend their rights. Learn more.
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is committed to enticing, fostering, and showcasing new thought provoking works of emerging Latino playwrights, while preserving and promoting the best works of classic and contemporary artists, to inspire a cross-cultural audience. CLATAshowcases existing and new thought-provoking U.S. Latino playwrights, actors and directors primarily in Chicago, along with national and international counterparts. Learn more.
Chicano & Latino Youth Leadership Project
The Chicano and Latino Youth Leadership Project enhances and further develops the leadership potential of California’s youth as they prepare to become the future leaders of their state and nation. CLYLP offers scholarships, a statewide leadership conference, and three annual training institutes in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, and Los Angeles. Their network of volunteers and activists spans the state of California, with new afterschool and summer programs joining their service roster every year. Learn more.
Colorado Jobs with Justice
Colorado Jobs with Justice is a long-term, formal coalition of labor, community, faith, and student and youth organizations that come together to advance workers’ rights and social justice through building sustained relationships and taking direct action to create concrete change in the lives of working families. Learn more.
Corazón Latino Inc.
Corazón Latino is a national organization that seeks to generate social, environmental, and conservation initiatives that foster natural resource stewardship. Corazón Latino mobilizes the passion, love, unity, solidarity, and resources of individuals, communities, organizations, and government entities to advance the common good. Learn more.
El Museo Latino
El Museo Latino’s mission is to collect, exhibit and interpret Latino arts of the Americas. El Museo Latino is committed to strengthening the artistic and creative culture of the Greater Omaha Area through the presentation of Latino arts, by providing direct support to local artists, by increasing the visibility of Latino art forms, and by fostering an appreciation of art for the benefit of a diverse audience. Learn more.
GreenLatinos is an active comunidad of Latino/a/x leaders, emboldened by the power and wisdom of our culture, united to demand equity and dismantle racism, resourced to win our environmental, conservation, and climate justice battles, and driven to secure our political, economic, cultural, and environmental liberation. Learn more.
Latin Women in Action Inc.
Latin Women in Action, Inc. is a comprehensive community based social service agency. Its mission and goals are to provide essential services to not only Latinas, but any family or individual seeking our help in New York City. Learn more.
#LatinaGeeks’ mission is to empower and inspire Latinas by sharing technical knowledge, business skills, and entrepreneurship resources through hands-on workshops and community events. Learn more.
Latinas in Tech
Latinas in Tech aims to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in tech. They work hand in hand with top technology companies to create safe spaces for learning, mentorship and recruitment. Learn more.
Latinas on the Verge of Excellence (L.O.V.E Mentoring)
The Latinas On the Verge of Excellence – L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program supports and empowers young Latinas to strive for success, both in school and in life, through mentorship and health interventions targeted at mental, reproductive and physical health as well as college and career readiness. The organization works in partnership with organizations, universities and public schools, whose mission is to enhance the well–being of young girls and Hispanic communities in New York. Learn more.
Latinitas focuses on empowering girls to innovate through media and technology. Through after-school clubs, camps, events and publications, and channels, the organization provides a space, both in the physical and online, for girls to express themselves, develop their skills, learn about their culture and discover their unique voice. Learn more.
Latino Action Network Foundation
Established in 2010, the Latino Action Network Foundation (LANF) unites New Jersey’s diverse Latino communities and advancing economic and social empowerment. LANF is organized to research the issues impacting the Latino communities in New Jersey, develop policy proposals to address those issues, and conduct outreach among Latino communities throughout New Jersey, including lower-income and immigrant communities. Learn more.
Latino Arts, Inc.
Latino Arts, Inc. is) dedicated to bringing cultural awareness, artistic educational experiences, and high-quality programming to the Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin community, as well as to a global audience through our virtual programming featuring Hispanic artists from throughout the world. Learn more.
Latino Stem Alliance
Latino Stem Alliance’s mission is to inspire and empower underserved youth to pursue academic and career success in stem fields by providing meaningful and engaging stem learning opportunities. Learn more.
Latino U College Access
Latino U College Access transforms lives by making college dreams a reality for low-income, first-generation, Latino youth. The organization’s mission is to empower students on their journeys to and through college so they can fulfill their remarkable potential. They guide students, who have demonstrated academic aptitude, through individualized coaching and culturally relevant programming to ensure they enroll in schools that meet their financial and academic needs. Learn more.
Latinx Education Center
Latinx Education is a educational initiative in North Carolina providing targeted, multi-year support to Latinx students and immigrant families striving for higher education and greater opportunity. Learn more.
Legacy of Equality Leadership and Organizing (LELO)
LELO strives to empower low-income workers of color, recent immigrants, and women workers to assert their rights, improve their working conditions and gain a voice in their workplaces, trade unions and communities in the U.S. and across the globe. Learn more.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) makes the arts accessible as an essential element to the community’s development and well-being. MCCLA provides the community with an arena in which to develop new artistic skills, as well as support local and established artists that serve their community. Learn more.
Rock’n Our Disabilities Foundation
Led by Latina Founder & CEO Dana Hernandez, The Rock’n Our Disabilities Foundation provides social, recreational, educational, and mentoring programs for families and individuals with special needs. Rock’n Our Disabilities Foundation is an inclusive community for individuals with a wide variety of both physical and mental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, etc. Learn more.
Somos Familia Valle
Somos Familia Valle is a San Fernando Valley community-based organization created and led by local, low-income, first-generation college students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or other sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQ+) people of color and/or immigrants. Learn more.
The Jewish Latin Center
The Jewish Latin Center is a close-knit community of New York residents who gather to meet new people, plan holiday celebrations, develop their professional networks, and support the Latinx Jewish community in New York and beyond. Their events include the annual Latin Shabbat Dinner and Lag Ba’omer Fest, a Women’s Circle with events, discussions, and workshops, and an online classroom setting that provides instructional events and educational resources for Jewish youth and young adults in the Big Apple. Learn more.
Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project
Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project is the only organization in the state of Oregon working with the day laborer community. Day laborers are temporary workers, many of them immigrants, many of them homeless, many of them facing multiple barriers to long-term employment. The organization builds leadership and economic power in this community through economic empowerment, leadership development, and grassroots organizing. Learn more.
Melissa Vargas is passionate about building connections and is a strong believer in the transformative power of community-led change. She currently serves as Philanthropy Together's Operations and Events Coordinator.
Melissa holds a B.A in Global Studies from Long Island University Global College, a four year experientially based study abroad program. Through her undergraduate program, she completed a blend of coursework, internships, and independent research in 10+ countries throughout Central America, Europe, and Asia. During her studies, Melissa’s research centered around food justice and migration. In her spare time, she loves traveling to new places, delving into new books, and spending time with her family.