Latino Leadership Initiative Secures Funding

September 16, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Patrick Salazar
310.720.8228
psalazar@latinosleadnow.org

Latino Leadership Initiative Secures Funding

Grants Spur Pilot Project: Training and Recruiting Latinos for Nonprofit Boards

Los Angeles - Four private foundations have awarded a combined $115,000 in grants since January to catalyze the programs and operations of Latinos LEAD, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase Latino representation on charitable sector boards of directors.

On September 10, 2019 the Ford Foundation made a two-year grant to Latinos LEAD (Latinos for Leadership Excellence And Diversity), effectively culminating the leadership development group’s crucial pilot phase.

This is the fourth grant received by Latinos LEAD since the organization launched programming in January 2019.

Earlier this year, The Ahmanson Foundation and an anonymous donor fund underwrote programming and a training and outreach initiative targeting the environmental movement. These grants were followed in May with an unrestricted operating support grant from the Weingart Foundation.

Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD Founder and Board Chair, said “The nation’s leading philanthropies understand the importance of building stronger and more diverse nonprofit leadership teams. We are inspired by their vision and humbled by their confidence in our work.”

In its biennial study of board diversity, BoardSource reported in 2017 that Latinos made up fewer than 7% of nonprofit board members among responding organizations. i The study found that while the proportion of people of color on nonprofit boards had increased from 16% in 2010 to 20% in 2015, this positive trend was reversed by 2017, as the percentage of White board members grew from 80% to 84%. Perhaps even more alarming, the study found that a quarter of respondents’ boards were exclusively White in 2015 —a proportion that shifted upward to 27% in 2017ii.

“Our emphasis now shifts to securing additional funds to expand program implementation and evaluation,” said Stephanie Medina, the Secretary-Treasurer of Latinos LEAD. “This pilot funding affirms the validity of our model, and we are eager to demonstrate its impact.”

Latinos LEAD seeks to increase the ranks of talented and qualified Latinos serving on the governing boards of nonprofit organizations. During its pilot phase, Latinos LEAD conducted a nonprofit board member recruiting search and a board inclusion blueprint workshop for two different Los Angeles-based nonprofit clients. Its inaugural board member training for Latino professionals will be held in Los Angeles on September 20th and 21st.

More information about Latinos LEAD and its programming can be found at www.latinosleadnow.org

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i BoardSource: “Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices” p. 12
ii Ibid, p. 11

Patrick Salazar

Board Training Seminar Offered to LA-Area Latino Professionals

August 29, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Patrick Salazar
310.720.8228
psalazar@latinosleadnow.org

Board Training Seminar Offered to LA-Area Latino Professionals

Tailored for Environmental Nonprofit Service

Los Angeles—Latinos LEAD is offering a free board member training seminar as part of its Diversity in Environmental Leadership Initiative (DELI).  

The seminar, known as Ready to LEAD, is in session for 14 hours over two days on September 20 and 21 in Central Los Angeles.  Meals, parking, and all materials are provided at no cost to the participants. Latino professionals based in the Los Angeles region are eligible to apply.  

Latinos LEAD (Latinos for Leadership Excellence and Diversity) launched DELI in May 2019 to promote greater ethnic diversity on the governing boards of environmental nonprofit organizations.  

The initiative helps environmental nonprofits forge authentic relationships with trusted Latinos and Latinas, who can catalyze the region’s Latino population’s documented strong support for action to reduce pollution, address climate inequities, and position vulnerable communities to be more climate-ready through awareness and resilience.  

Patrick Salazar, Founder and Board Chair of the nonprofit Latinos LEAD, said “Meaningful inclusion of Latinas and Latinos as leaders in the environmental movement is critical to achieve lasting civic and activist engagement and can mobilize families and communities who are disproportionately affected by pollution, climate change, and environmental degradation.”  

A University of Michigan study in January 2018 showed that Latinos made up barely 9% of environmental nonprofit board members—although this figure is likely far lower; less than four percent of environmental groups surveyed were willing to share data on board ethnicity.  

Ready to LEAD participants learn about the nonprofit sector and its impact on U.S. society, including nonprofit governance principles, and the role of the nonprofit sector in Latino community affairs.  Guest speakers share their experiences in successfully navigating the board member selection process, and how to leverage internal and external mentors.  

Ready to LEAD examines subjects of specific relevance to today’s nonprofit leaders, including: management and leadership principles, region-specific demographics and socio-economic conditions, nonprofit board/staff diversity efforts, legal and fiduciary duties, finance, fundraising, board culture and protocol, board/staff relations, and current nonprofit sector management issues and trends.  

Participants are encouraged to serve as leaders at Latino community-based organizations—leveraging the experience and networks they acquire through mainstream board service.  

Interested individuals can apply at https://latinosleadnow.org/board-candidate-profile

More information about Latinos LEAD and its programming can be found at www.latinosleadnow.org

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Patrick Salazar