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Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
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By Joseph Rios

In Colorado, the Hispanic population is the eighth largest one in the country. Around 1.1 million Hispanics live in the state, accounting for 21 percent of Coloradoĺs population, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado wants to develop strong and vibrant communities for Coloradoĺs Latino communities by influencing and engaging Latinos to become leaders and philanthropic investors in their communities.

The Latin Community Foundation of Colorado is led by Executive Director, Carlos Martinez. The foundationĺs board, is made up of Debora Ortega, Adrianna Abarca, Raydean Acevedo, Luis Colon, Gay Cook, Mitchell Gonzales, Gary Poling and Gloria Schoch, is focused on carrying out its mission through three ways.

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado wants to educate and share knowledge to impact policies and decision makers in order to positively influence policies that effect the Latino community. It also works to invest funds and human resources with community, state and national partners to work toward creating programs that help people reach their full potential as well as building a philanthropic community that is dedicated to bettering the lives of Latinos.

The Latino community in Colorado is doing impactful work, but that doesnĺt mean the community doesnĺt face its challenges. Some Latinos in the state have ben plagued with poverty and low wages, and the median household income for Latinos in Colorado doesnĺt match up with the median income for the rest of the population in the state. Education attainment rates also donĺt match up with the state average, and the Latino population in Colorado is aging.

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado sees civic engagement as a way to tackle those problems. By partnering with the Rose Community Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado is carrying out the Colorado Latino Age Wave. The objective of the Colorado Latino Age Wave is to better understand challenges that face older Latinos like health, economics and social issues and to engage and benefit from Latino seniors.

The foundation looks to better nonprofit organizations that serve older Latinos as well as engage older Latinos to become leaders and activists for policies that impact an aging Latino community. It also wants to raise awareness and support for challenges that come with an aging population and increase philanthropic funds that go toward aging issues.

Other ways of improving the Latino community includes the foundationĺs goal to create Latina leaders. According to the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado of Coloradoĺs website, there are around 400,000 Latinas in the state that are between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. Through Latinas LEAD, the foundation wants to strengthen Latina leaders in order to create more social change.

You can donate to the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado and learn more about the organization by visiting





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