Mission and History
Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, & the environment.
- Our Mission
- Who We Are
- Why We Are Different
- Our Impact
- Informing Advocacy Priorities: HF’s Policy Leadership Council
- Nonprofit Network
- 25 Years of Taking Hispanic Causes to Heart
- Our Offices
To empower and advance the Hispanic community.
With offices in New York, Washington D.C., Connecticut and Florida, and a nonprofit footprint throughout the East Coast, HF uplifts millions of Hispanic children, youth and families locally and nationally through three essential service pillars: membership services/grant making, advocacy and community programs.
- Membership services fortify HF's grassroots nonprofits through capacity-building grants that support core operational needs, and graduate-level management classes, leadership development trainings, board recruitment and placement, executive fundraising workshops and other technical assistance seminars.
- Advocacy services are focused on advancing the interests and aspirations of Latinos and their community-based organizations through coalition-building, policy research, public education, advocacy, voter mobilization and more.
- Community assistance programs are designed to support and uplift children, youth and families through the provision of direct social services in the areas of education, immigration, health care, economic development and the environment.
- The Hispanic Federation uses its deep bond with its network of 100 Latino grassroots nonprofits, close relationships with grasstops and grassroots stakeholders, and strong collaborations with foundations, media, elected officials, government and private sector partners to work deeply in communities, pursue systemic change and achieve large scale impact in its issue areas.
Below are some in-depth examples of HF’s grassroots/grass tops programs and their effectiveness:
- Advocate for Diverse Nonprofits: HF led a coalition of African American and Asian American leaders in securing a $2.5 million Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) from the New York City Council. The first fund of its kind in the nation, it bolsters non-profit capacity in areas such as financial management, board development and outcome evaluation
- Launch ACA Public Education Campaign: HF launched a multi-state Affordable Care Act (ACA) public education campaign focused on informing and helping Latinos navigate the new health exchanges. More than 300,000 Latino individuals and families were reached during the first two years of the campaign, with 25,000 obtaining low-cost health insurance through our health navigator program.
- Implement National Civic Engagement Initiatives: HF launched Movimiento Hispano, a groundbreaking national civic engagement campaign which heightened the impact of the Latino vote in the 2012 Presidential elections, with two of its national sister organizations – LULAC and LCLAA. This partnership is helping to increase Latino voter education, registration and turnout in more than 20 states this year.
- Launch a National College Success Initiative: HF was awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Micheal and Susan Dell Foundation to launch CREAR 2.0, an enhancement and expansion of HF’s pioneering college student success initiative called CREAR Futuros (To Create Futures) with the City University of New York. CREAR 2.0 will improve CREAR through technology enhancements, standardization of best practices and a longitudinal evaluative component. It will also expand CREAR in targeted states including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida.
Hispanic Federation (HF) is involved in local, state and national advocacy on a whole host of critical action areas. HF works with a Policy Leadership Council made up of esteemed community leaders and advocates from its grassroots nonprofit network to inform and set its advocacy priorities.
These leaders work tirelessly to provide effective services to needy individuals and families in various states and are at the forefront of advocating for the diverse Latino issues and communities they represent.
The Council is tasked with identifying the most pressing issues facing U.S. Latinos and co-developing, with HF senior staff, an advocacy agenda which responds to these urgent needs. Coalitions focused on issues such as immigration, education and health have been established to advance the priorities of the Council.
The Hispanic Federation’s nearly 100 grassroots agency network consists of 501 (c) 3 nonprofits with independent boards that serve as the Latino community’s front-line providers of social, health, cultural and advocacy services in their respective neighborhoods. Services provided include afterschool, youth development, civic engagement, housing, day care, citizenship and immigration, senior services, health plan enrollment, drug treatment, cultural and arts services, and so much more.
HF agencies such as Aspira, El Puente and LatinoJustice PRLDEF are pioneers in their respective fields, yet all follow a community empowerment model which stresses cultural competency, integrated and holistic service services, and cross-sector and cross-racial/ethnic coalition-building as central to their mission and to their success.
The Federation’s Board of Directors count on the HF staff to work with the Policy Leadership Council and overall grassroots nonprofit network to establish the policy priorities for the organization, and advance advocacy strategies that further its mission of advancing and empowering the Latino community.
To view a full directory of our member agencies, click here.
- A small group of visionary Latino leaders come together to create the Hispanic Federation. (1990)
- HF establishes a foothold on Spanish-language radio with its first weekly public affairs show. HF’s public education campaigns have grown to help education millions of Latinos. (1990)
- The Latino CORE Initiative is established and grows to become the premier regional Latino grant making program in the nation. (1993)
- HF establishes the LUCES coalition to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community, helping to secure millions for Latino HIV Service providers. (1995)
- The First Latino Civic Participation Campaign is carried out. More than 350,000 new voters have been registered by HF since then. (1996)
- HF spearheads the Latino Funds Collaborative, the first national network of funds promoting Latino philanthropy. HF will lead the transformation of LFC into the National Latino Funds Alliance. (1997)
- HF helps launch a campaign to help victims of natural disasters in Latin America. HF has since provided more than $3 million dollars in disaster-relief assistance. (1999)
- HF creates the Hispanic Leadership Institute, the first and only college-affiliated management program designed for Latino nonprofit managers. To date, more than 200 Latino leaders have graduated from this cutting-edge program. (1999)
- HF starts its facilitated health insurance program to help struggling families obtain free or low-cost health insurance. Over the years this initiative has helped more than 60,000 Latino children and families obtain access to health care. (1999)
- The Federation responds to the 9/11 and Flight 587 tragedies by creating an emergency cash-assistance program that distributes more than $2 million to support affected families. (2001)
- HF works with Latino Commission on AIDS and its LUCES coalition to create National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). NLAAD grows to become a focus of Latino HIV prevention activites in over 200 cities across the nation. (2003)
- The Federation opens its Washington D.C. office to advance the interests and aspirations of Latinos nationwide. (2005)
- HF acquires a permanent home in the Financial District and opens it Las Americas Conference Center—the very first Latino nonprofit conference facility in the Northeast. (2006)
- HF launches a foreclosure prevention program to help struggling Latino homeowners affected by the nation’s mortgage crisis. (2008)
- Pathways to Academic Excellence is launched to promote parental involvement, early childhood literacy and college readiness. (2008)
- The Federation goes green by launching an agency-wide effort to galvanize Latinos around environmental justice issues. (2008)
- HF launches a historic public education and community mobilization campaign to drive Latino participation in the 2010 Census. (2010)
- CREAR Futuros is launched in partnership with the City University of New York to improve Latino college retention and graduation. (2011)
- The DREAMers Scholarship Fund is created to assist undocumented youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (2012)
- Movimiento Hispano is launched in partnership with LULAC and LCLAA to help mobilize hundreds of thousands of Latino voters in 20 states. (2012)
- The Federation opens a satellite office in Connecticut to deepen its service and commitment to Latino communities across the state. (2013)
- HF partners with LULAC to create Hispanic Immigrant Integration Program (HIIP), its first national immigration service initiative, which helps more than 5,000 Latinos in ten states with immigrant integration assistance. (2014)
- HF Helps leads the creation of the first in the nation Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, which provides over 2 million in capacity-building grants to Communities of Color-led nonprofits. (2014)
- In order to directly serve Latino communities in the Southeast, the Federation establishes a satellite office in Central Florida. (2015)
- Friends of Immigrant Refugee Minors (FIRM) is established as a response to the Unaccompanied Minors crisis. Quarterly events are held to establish a strong sense of community for the children affected by humanitarian crises in Central America. (2015)
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