These are organizations whose work and leaders I admire. Please take a moment and visit them and learn about the transformative work they lead. Thank You!
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a 501 (c)3 organization on a mission to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF organizes at the grassroots level developing natural leaders with hands-on training through collective action working to establish Vecinos Unidos (Neighbors United) chapters in some of the most disenfranchised regions of California. In it’s 19 years DHF has formed chapters in Lost Hills and Cutler-Orosi, with currently active Vecinos Unidos groups in
· Kern County - Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, Greenfield, California City, Rosamond and Bakersfield
· Tulare County - Tulare, Lindsay, and Woodlake
· Fresno County - Caruthers, Sanger and Parlier
· Los Angeles County - Palmdale, Lancaster
Our social justice grassroots organizing work is focused on health access, education equity, civic engagement, and youth leadership development. DHF is committed to achieving equitable educational outcomes for students regardless of their zip code, through student and parent training for meaningful engagement and advocacy. Through integrative voter and community outreach and education, DHF has been instrumental in increasing voter turnout, passing progressive local and statewide legislation. The youth leadership development program offers young people the opportunity to experience community engagement and focus on health and wellness, while amplifying their voices as our future leaders.
Please consider supporting this important work. The Dolores Huerta Foundation relies on the contributions of donors like you.
DHF Contact Information
Dolores Huerta Foundation
P.O. Box 2087
Bakersfield, CA 93303
Phone: (661) 322 3033
Social Media: @DoloresHuertaFD
The Dolores Huerta Foundation Youth Program consists of two components, Liberated Youth for Empowerment (LYFE) & Livin’ LYFE. Previously known as Youth & Family Civic Engagement Initiative, this rebrand is more than just a new name, it now offers young people opportunities to develop a critical lens on history and systems of inequity. Through evidence-based best practices, the Youth Program aims to increase civic engagement participation among low-income, disenfranchised youth and their families to reduce racial and socio-economic disparities. DHF Youth Program’s goal is to empower each young person as they transition to a social justice warrior by providing them the tools and resources every step of the way.
LYFE offers young people opportunities to develop a critical lens on history and systems of inequity. LYFE incorporates three vital pathways for personal and professional development: Civic Engagement, Transformational Art, and New Media & Technology. This immersive 5 year program includes a pathway crafted to meet the intersection of community engagement and health/wellness all while amplifying the voices of our future leaders.
Once graduated from LYFE, youth leaders enter the “Livin’ LYFE” alumni program, where we build community and empower the next generations of social justice warriors. Livin’ LYFE provides monthly programming, mentorship, scholarship and entrepreneurship opportunities / resources that will support alumni on their journey for social justice and professional development.
For more information on LYFE, please visit: www.doloreshuerta.org/youthprogram/
Located in the heart of Riverside, CA, the “City of Arts & Innovation”, RAM is one museum with two locations: the Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, slated to open June 18, 2022. RAM integrates art into the lives of people in a way that engages, inspires, and builds community by providing high quality exhibits and art education programs that instill a lifelong love of the arts. RAM’s desire to further engage and serve the community was the impetus to create The Cheech, a public-private partnership between RAM, the City of Riverside, and comedian Cheech Marin—one of the world’s foremost collectors of Chicano art.
Marin’s gift of approximately 500 works by Chicana/o/x artists— including the likes of Carlos Almaraz, Judithe Hernández, Gilbert “Magú” Luján, Sandy Rodriguez, Frank Romero, and Patssi Valdez—to RAM’s permanent collection makes the collection a repository for one of the largest holdings of Chicana/o/x art by a non-ethnic specific contemporary art museum.
The Cheech is dedicated to showcasing Chicana/o/x art and honoring and exploring its continued social, cultural, and political impact through a comprehensive exhibitions program of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions organized at the center, as well as nationally touring exhibitions that align with the center’s vision. The Cheech will work collaboratively with community partners to present thought-provoking educational programming that explores the complexity of Chicana/o/x culture not only through the visual arts, but in both music and film as well, recognizing that this art is evolving and expanding its definitions and parameters in response to current social conditions and in conversation with global artistic movements.
The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) is on a mission to unleash the civic and economic power of Latinos in California. LCF has the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country and has invested over $20 million to build Latino civic and political power and grassroot leadership. It is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino youth and families in California. LCF established the groundbreaking Latino Nonprofit Accelerator, a tech-inspired model that supports Latino grassroot leaders and creates a safe space for them to accelerate social change, impact, and healing in our communities.
For more information, please visit The Latino Community Center at: www.latinocf.org
The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in northern Manhattan.
NoMAA’s story begins in 2006, when the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone recognized Northern Manhattan’s need for a more cohesive cultural community in which artists and arts organizations have the resources and support necessary to maximize their artistic, social, and economic potential. NoMAA obtained its official 501(c)3 status in 2007, and was incubated by the Hispanic Federation until becoming fully independent in 2011.
NoMAA facilitates the creation of new works by both emerging and established artists; strengthens the infrastructures of local arts organizations; encourages public dialogue, engagement, and collective reflection around issues that affect upper Manhattan’s cultural community; and fosters the region’s economic development and overall vibrancy.
For more information on NoMAA, please visit:
En Foco, Inc. is a non-profit that supports U.S.-based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander heritage.
Founded in 1974, En Foco makes their work visible to the art world, yet remains accessible to under-served communities. Through exhibitions, workshops, events, and publications, it provides professional recognition, honoraria, and assistance to photographers as they grow into different stages of their careers.
For more information about En Foco, please visit:
The Mexic‐Arte Museum is dedicated to enriching the community through
education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and
interpretation of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture for visitors of all ages.
Mexic-Arte Museum was founded in 1984 by artists Sylvia Orozco, Sam Coronado, and Pio Pulido in the Arts Warehouse, in downtown Austin, to share the art and culture of Mexico with Texas. Starting with the Day of the Dead festival in the fall of 1984, the museum began
offering outstanding cultural programs and obtained its non-profit status during the 1984 season. Since then, it has continued to present art by the finest established and emerging artists from the United States, Mexico and Latin America.
To expand its programs and exhibitions, Mexic-Arte Museum moved into its current home at 419 Congress Avenue in 1988. This ideal location placed the museum in the heart of Austin’s vibrant downtown – Central Texas’ epicenter of commerce, culture, arts and tourism. As one of the precious few Mexican art museums in the United States, Mexic-Arte Museum strives to improve the quality of life in Texas through innovative exhibitions and educational programming. A total of 75,000 visitors, ranging from enthusiastic children to art connoisseurs, tour the museum each year.
Mexic-Arte Museum’s impressive history has prepared it to become one of the
foremost arts institutions in the region. The next few years will see the museum
dramatically expand its facility, its scope and its resources
For more information, please visit Mexi-Arte Museum at:
Founded in 1990, Hispanic Federation (HF) works to empower and advance the Latino community and its institutions through programs, advocacy, grantmaking, and capacity building. The largest Latino umbrella organization in the nation, Hispanic Federation collaborates with a network of 500 nonprofits in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Hispanic Federation’s greatest strength lies in its deep roots in Latino communities and relationships with grassroots leaders, nonprofits, public officials, policymakers, media, small business owners, and private sector leaders. Headquartered in New York City, Hispanic Federation has regional offices in seven states and territories, and programs and services that span more than three-quarters of the United States.
Hispanic Federation serves as a national model for Latino social, political, and economic empowerment. With a strong presence in New York, Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and other key states throughout the United States, HF works to uplift millions of Hispanic children, youth, and families across the country. In addition, the Washington, D.C. office gives Hispanic Federation a true national advocacy presence. Hispanic Federation works locally, state-wide, and nationally to strengthen Latino nonprofits, promote public policy, and bring to scale a portfolio of innovative community programs.
For more information on Hispanic Federation, please visit: www.hispanicfederation.org
The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is the leading binational business organization working to build mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships in the Americas.
The organization's mission is to promote business between the United States and Mexico.
For more information on The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, please visit: