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HF Statement on Governor Cuomo's State of the State and Executive Budget Address PDF Print E-mail

“In his 2015 State of the State and Executive Budget Address, Governor Cuomo presented several budget and policy proposals that will improve the lives of New York State's Latino residents. After years of Albany failing to pass the DREAM Act, Governor Cuomo demonstrated leadership by prioritizing the NYS DREAM Act in the state budget. For far too many years we have seen bright, hardworking, committed students fail to continue their post-secondary education due to lack of financial support. The NYS DREAM Act will help to ensure educational equity while ensuring New York’s long-term economic growth.

Statement from Hispanic Federation PDF Print E-mail

The New York Post story, “Artists blame Mark-Viverito as cultural center languishes” (January 18, 2015) raises questions about Hispanic Federation’s management of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center (JDBLCC). In October 2013, after prolonged contract negotiations with the City of New York, Hispanic Federation assumed management of the JDBLCC. We did this because JDBLCC was a long underutilized but critically important cultural institution in our community that could benefit from our technical expertise and leadership experience.

In the intervening months, we have overseen the renovation of key public spaces in the facility, have launched an aggressive cultural programming initiative, and have assigned staff to work with the local community to make sure that JDBLCC is a thriving viable asset in our community.

Last year, 77 community and cultural events were held at the JDBLCC, including: Day of the Dead Arts Exhibit and Cultural Celebration, Children's Film Festival, Juan Rulfo Trilogy Theater, and Multiple Musical Events and Dance Troupe Performances. Nearly 6,000 people participated in those events.

This work has been difficult, and there is more yet to do, but the end result is that JDBLCC is, finally, on its way to becoming a dynamic and thriving cultural institution that honors the legacy and work of its namesake.  As an organization that “takes Hispanic causes to heart,” Hispanic Federation is more committed than ever to making JDBLCC the cultural gem that local artists and civic leaders have long dreamed of and deserve.

HF Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address PDF Print E-mail

New York, NYJanuary 21, 2015. Last night, President Obama set a bold and ambitious agenda for America.  It is an agenda that by and large we share.  As an organization that works with Latino communities across the country, we were heartened by his focus on policies that help Latino families succeed at work and in the classroom.  From pay equity to raising the minimum wage, from tuition-free community college to expanded child-care, the President spoke directly to the concerns of millions of Americans who are still struggling to achieve the American Dream.  We were especially encouraged to hear the President stand strong and refuse to undo the important reforms that he has made to our immigration and health care system.  In the broadest possible sense, the President offered us a vision of a more just, hopeful, inclusive and less partisan America.  We look forward to working with the White House and Congress to make that vision a reality.

HF Annual Gala 2015: Save the Date! PDF Print E-mail

HF Statement on Gov. Cuomo's 2015 Opportunity Agenda PDF Print E-mail

"Governor Cuomo's 2015 Opportunity Agenda will go a long way toward addressing the economic challenges facing the state's Latino community and all New Yorkers struggling to escape poverty," stated Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation. "This comprehensive package of reforms will ensure more New Yorkers are employed in better-paying jobs and have an opportunity to live in quality housing. We are especially pleased with the investment in the nonprofit sector that is needed now more than ever. Clearly there are additional critically-important economic challenges facing our community including passing the NYS DREAM Act, ensuring everyone can earn a living wage, protecting vulnerable farm workers, and fully funding our public schools. However, it is clear the Governor's Opportunity Agenda is a major first step in strengthening the economy for those who need it most."

HF Again Tops Charity Navigator Ratings PDF Print E-mail

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities, has once again ranked the Hispanic Federation among the top philanthropic organizations in the country.  HF President José Calderón welcomed Charity Navigator’s four-star rating. “We take great pride in making sure that every dollar we spend produces results for our community,“ he said.  “The people and organizations that donate to Hispanic Federation can be proud of their investment in us.  I was especially pleased to see our high score on accountability and transparency.  We want donors to understand that we take their investment in us as seriously as they do.”

Charity Navigator’s ratings are based on a careful analysis of an organization’s financial performance as well as accountability and transparency metrics.  Founded in 2011, the non-profit organization has evaluated more than 7,000 nonprofit organizations across the country.  To see Hispanic Federation’s Charity Navigator profile, click here. To donate to Hispanic Federation, click here.

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