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Oct 22, 2015

HF Statement on the Obama Administration’s Roadmap for Puerto Rico

October 22, 2015 (New York, NY) – Hispanic Federation has issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s just released Roadmap for Congressional Action on Puerto Rico. Today, Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the Administration’s plan for action.

Oct 1, 2015

Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis: Overview and Recommendations for Action

Puerto Rico and its more than 3.5 million residents are in crisis. As economic and financial conditions have worsened in recent months, we have partnered with community, government, philanthropic, labor and academic leaders and institutions from across the United States and the island to form a national effort to support Puerto Rico. Our message is clear: Millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico are in danger of losing much of what they have unless our federal government acts with bold purpose to stabilize and grow the island’s economy. The time for action is now.

Oct 1, 2015

HF Awards more than $300K to Latino Community-Based Organizations

Within the first decade, the Hispanic Federation’s CORE (Community Organization Resource Expansion) Initiative was established to help support Latino nonprofits with grants for core operating expenses. Whether it was underwriting the costs of a financial audit or supporting a construction project to make an agency’s building accessible and efficient, the CORE Initiative provided grants that private philanthropy and government funders typically eschewed. “The CORE Initiative was designed to provide our agencies with the financial support for projects they needed but would have difficulty funding from traditional sources,” said Hispanic Federation President José Calderón. “Some of these projects weren’t attention-getting but they were critical to the success of our agencies.” HF’s signature grant-making program is central to the Federation’s mission of fortifying Hispanic nonprofits.

This year, the Hispanic Federation has awarded $368,000 to 20 member agencies to support their core operations. Among this year’s grant recipients are local and national agencies from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Here are all 2015 CORE awardees. Please join us in celebrating them!

Sep 29, 2015

Sign up for Entre Familia: HF’s Nonprofit Learning Series

Entre Familia is a series of workshops providing member agency staff with capacity-building trainings and professional development opportunities. The trainings are offered to ensure that our members and grantees are receiving the latest information about the nonprofit industry’s best practices. Expert facilitators, including HF senior staff members, engage participants with information vital to the growth and sustainability of our nonprofit community. Workshops cover topics such as event planning, fundraising, financial management, communications, information management, board development and more.

Sep 15, 2015

Letter from the President 9.15.2015

There are few issues as important and as complex in the Latino community as college readiness, retention and graduation. Latino young people face persistent systemic barriers that prevent them from attaining a college degree, resulting in the lowest educational attainment level of any group in the U.S. Only 14.5 percent of Latinos aged 25 and older had earned a B.A. degree and only four percent have completed graduate or professional degree programs. On average Latino students arrive on campus with less academic preparation, less social and monetary capital, and more fiscal challenges. As a result, they are also more likely to take a longer (and less certain) route to a college degree, often attending community college before moving to a four-year institution. These challenges are also more likely to make Latinos dropout along the way, behavior that is strikingly similar to non-Latinos from low socio-economic backgrounds, who are also less likely to persist to a B.A. degree.

Sep 5, 2015

Mayor de Blasio welcomes Hispanic Federation and Member Agencies To City Hall

On September 3rd, Hispanic Federation and a group of more than 30 Latino community-based organizations from throughout New York City met with Mayor Bill de Blasio to talk discuss some of the key challenges facing our communities.

Sep 1, 2015

HF Launches Asthma/COPD Awareness Campaign

Asthma is at crisis levels in Latino communities. Latinos have disproportionately high rates of emergency room visits, hospital admissions and deaths caused by the disease. In New York City, asthma causes havoc in Latino communities from the Bronx to Newark, New Jersey. This month, Hispanic Federation is fighting back against asthma. In partnership with AstraZeneca, through its media networks and family of community-based organizations, HF aims to implement a community education and advocacy campaign, Hispanic Lung Health Education Campaign. The campaign kicks off on September 17, 2015 with a week-long Hispanic Asthma Call to Action when HF will activate 12 member agency sites across New York City and North New Jersey (Essex and Hudson counties), as designated asthma resource centers for Hispanics.

Aug 31, 2015

Ford Foundation Makes Two-Year, $500K Investment in HF

HF was founded in 1990 after a study highlighted inequities facing both low-income Latinos and the nonprofits which serve them. And while Latinos have scored notable demographic, economic and social advances since then, 2015 finds Hispanics, especially low-income, low-skill Latinos still facing many serious challenges. Latinas, for instance, continue to experience disproportionate reproductive health disparities as compared to the general population of women in the United States, yet are not fully engaged in fighting for their reproductive and health access rights. And Latino and immigrant low-income, low-skilled workers in New York City face significant institutional and human barriers to finding employment.

Back in 1990, the Ford Foundation was one of our most important partners. That partnership began a new chapter this past June, when the foundation made a historic, two-year investment of $500,000 in the HF’s general operations.

Aug 25, 2015

HF Partners with Con Ed and NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat for Energy Efficiency Program

Whether it’s the local bodega or barbershop, runaway energy costs can eat into profits for small businesses. That means less money to grow businesses and hire more workers. From 2014 through the beginning of 2015, Hispanic Federation partnered with Con Edison, the Office of NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to help small businesses throughout Washington Heights and Inwood lower their energy costs. Local businesses received free consultations on controlling energy costs through Con Edisons’s energy-saving experts and direct financial assistance for the installation of energy-efficient equipment.

Aug 18, 2015

HF Welcomes New National Director of Advocacy

Many of the most important issues facing Latino communities are being debated in Washington, D.C. That’s why Hispanic Federation has made a commitment to have a strong presence on Capitol Hill over the past decade. Our presence is about to get stronger. Last week, Hispanic Federation President José Calderón announced that Richard Morales would be HF’s new National Director of Advocacy. Rich will manage HF’s Washington, D.C. office with a focus on developing and implementing the organization’s federal legislative priorities.

Aug 17, 2015

We Petition the Obama Administration to Take Action on Puerto Rico Now!

3.5 million American citizens are living on the island of Puerto Rico, as it faces its worst economic crisis in more than a century. If unable to restructure its debts, the island will descend into an economic crisis that will wipeout savings, pensions and compromise its economic viability for generations to come. Please consider signing and sharing our petition today to urge the Obama administration to take action on Puerto Rico.

3,5 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses que viven en la isla de Puerto Rico enfrentan la peor crisis económica en más de un siglo. Si no se le permite a Puerto Rico reestructurar su deuda, la isla descenderá en una crisis económica que hará desaparecer los ahorros, pensiones y poner en peligro su viabilidad económica para las generaciones venideras. Por favor firme y comparta nuestra petición hoy para exigirle al gobierno de Obama a que tome acción para ayudar a Puerto Rico.

Jul 31, 2015

Congress Takes Aim at Sanctuary Cities, HF Fights Back

On July 1, 2015, Kate Steinle tragically lost her life in San Francisco through a senseless act perpetrated by an evil individual. That individual happened to be an undocumented immigrant. In the aftermath of Steinle’s tragic death, anti-immigrant legislators in Congress have sought to use her murder as a political wedge to push through legislation that targets immigrants. They have focused especially on punishing cities across the country that offer sanctuary from the most onerous federal immigration laws.

Jul 24, 2015

Letter from the President—We Must Support Puerto Rico

With so many challenges facing the Latino communities of the mainland United States, one might think that Latino leaders should avoid getting involved in Puerto Rico’s complex economic crisis. But the truth is that the challenges facing Puerto Rico’s economy not only affect the 3.5 million United States citizens who live on the island or the 5 million American citizens of Puerto Rican descent living in the mainland U.S. No, it affects all 55 million Latinos and indeed, the nation itself.

Jul 23, 2015

HF Releases Workforce 2015 Development Report

Last year Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all agencies to begin aggressively tackling income inequality. In this spirit, the Hispanic Federation presents its 2015 policy paper Growth with Equity: Meeting the Workforce Development Needs of Latinos in New York City. It is a rethinking of the city’s workforce development services as well as a launching pad for ideas on how to economically uplift Latino and other struggling New Yorkers.

Jul 22, 2015

NYC Council Reaffirms its Support for Nonprofit Stabilization Fund

One of the reasons for the creation of the Hispanic Federation twenty-five years ago was the need to address the lack of parity in funding for Latino nonprofits compared to their non-Latino peers in New York City. A review of government and private philanthropic allocations to nonprofits in the late 1980s revealed that Latino community-based organizations, many of which were on the front-lines of the battle against New York’s most pressing social problems, did not receive their fair share of resources from government or private funders.

Jul 21, 2015

Florida Expansion Builds HF’s Network of Agencies and Profile

When the Hispanic Federation was created a quarter century ago, the geographic focus of the organization centered on the Latino community-based organizations in New York City. Those organizations, many of which were created out of grassroots efforts to address problems of poverty, housing, education and health care in the city’s Hispanic neighborhoods. Our model of providing direct support to these organizations to strengthen their operations and to improve the ways in which they helped their communities has proved successful. While there is still much work to do in New York City, the benefits of the Hispanic Federation model are obvious and can well benefit Latinos in other parts of the country.

Confidence in our model is what drove us to open an office in Hartford, Connecticut two years ago. And, now this year, to expand into Florida, a goal that was achieved this past June.

Jul 21, 2015

Protecting the Environment, Protecting Our Community

Over the past three and a half years, the Hispanic Federation has broken new ground by engaging Latinos nationally in an unprecedented and historical campaign in defense of public lands and the validation and promotion of national monument designation. The benefits of our nation's parks are many, from preserving our precious resources to fostering economic development. Of equal importance is their contribution to the health and well-being of the nation’s 55 million Hispanics, too many of whom are inflicted with obesity, diabetes and other preventable and treatable diseases.

Jul 20, 2015

On Civil Rights Battles, HF Emerges as a Leader

The Hispanic Federation was founded to strengthen Latino nonprofits, but we have always been, at our core, a civil rights organization. That means that while we work with our member agencies on important social issues such as education and housing, we are also deeply committed to preserving and expanding civil rights for all Latinos. We do that in large part by organizing and leveraging the collective wisdom and power of our community to create opportunities for social action. This year, we significantly increased our capacity to this critical work by making some key staff hires and launching new issue-based coalitions.

Jul 20, 2015

President’s Message - July 20, 2015

Our Mid-Year Report is here! It’s a time to review recent accomplishments - and to set the stage for finishing the year even stronger. I’m proud to say the Federation has already done incredible work. Working together with our incomparable network of Latino community-based organizations, we've touched the lives of more than 65,000 individuals and families over the past six months through our array of health, education, immigration, civic engagement, and environmental services. At the same time, we’ve continued to strengthen our Latino nonprofits by providing over 1.1M in grants to date. We've also convened our community's leadership around major issues to drive action on community schools, farmworkers rights, criminal justice, immigrant integration, health disparities and environmental protection and conservation. And we’ve pioneered HF’s first-ever satellite office in Florida. Overall, HF has grown in scope and reach to achieve greater impact – for more of our families and more of our community.

Jul 16, 2015

HF Releases Report on Health and Public Parks

WASHINGTON DC — Hispanic Federation has released a report entitled Healthy Parks: Healthy Latinos, which outlines the health disparities impacting the nation’s 55 million Hispanics and the importance of green spaces to Latino communities from coast to coast. The report calls on Congress to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund – set to expire in September – while preserving the longstanding Antiquities Act and the President’s authority to designate national parks and monuments.