Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation makes first-ever grants to support early childhood needs

October 21, 2014

Boston - The Latino Legacy Fund, a permanent, committee-advised fund with a mission to strengthen the diverse Latino community of Greater Boston and to support issues and organizations that advance the socio-economic status of Latinos, today announced the list of grantees receiving funding from the Fund’s first grant docket.

The Fund, the first Latino-focused fund in the Greater Boston area, is focusing its initial funding on programs that help create economic opportunity by improving Latino education in Greater Boston. The first round of grants, totaling $100,000, were made to five Greater Boston organizations after a competitive application process that targeted organizations focused on early childhood needs.

“Data illustrate all-too-clearly the challenges facing the youngest Latinos in Greater Boston, but these five organizations have demonstrated in their applications and in their current work in the community the ability to have an impact and improve the lives of Latino children and families,” said Aixa Beauchamp, co-founder of the Latino Legacy Fundand Managing Director of Beauchamp & Associates.

The Latino Legacy Fund Advisory Committee, made up of a diverse group of Latino philanthropic, nonprofit and business community leaders, reviewed the applications this summer for funding from the Latino Legacy Fund. The five chosen organizations provide a valuable array of services to Latino youth and families. The grantees (and grant amounts are):

Horizons for Homeless Children Inc.: $15,000 for a specialized professional development course for their bilingual staff, delivered by Wheelock College’s Aspire Institute.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc.: $25,000 for support of a public outreach campaign to educate families in the South End and Lower Roxbury about how to access and navigate the Commonwealth’s Early Childhood Education and Care financial assistance program.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.: $15,000 for the Educators Helping Educators program, which seeks offer intense, individualized support for 25 Latina educators in JPNDC’s Family Childcare System.

La Alianza Hispana, Inc.: $25,000 to support the expansion of the Madres y Ninos en Proceso home visiting program which integrates educational curriculum with health, child safety, parenting training and case management to ensure that mothers are better prepared to help educate and advocate for their children.

The Nurtury: $20,000 to support technology training for Latino family childcare providers focused on the Teaching Strategies Gold platform, a curriculum development and assessment tool.

“These organizations play different roles in the Latino community, but they all provide critical information, support and/or services to Latinos in neighborhoods across Greater Boston,” said Juan Carlos Morales, co-founder of the Latino Legacy Fund and Global CFO at TIAA-CREF. “We are pleased to make them the first of what we are confident will be a long list of grants aimed at supporting organizations that improve the lives and opportunities of Latinos in the years to come.”

The Latino Legacy Fund is building a $1 million fund to create a brighter future for the Latino community in Greater Boston. The Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy each have pledged $250,000 in challenge grants, and with gifts from John Hancock, Eastern Bank and MFS Investment Services, as well as a number of other corporate and individual donors, the Fund is on track to meet that $1 million goal.


The Latino Legacy Fund, a unique partnership of local Latino philanthropists and leaders, the Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy, is the first Latino-focused fund in the Greater Boston area. Our mission is to use a permanent endowment to strengthen the diverse Latino community of Greater Boston and contribute to the region’s civic vitality by supporting issues and organizations that advance the socio-economic status of Latinos—while enhancing the leadership capacity of the entire Latino community. Learn more about the Fund and ways to make it part of your philanthropic portfolio, visit the Latino Legacy Fund page on

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2014, the Foundation and its donors made more than $112 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of nearly $112 million. In celebration of its centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation has launched the Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, Greater Boston’s only endowment fund supporting organizations focused on the most pressing needs of Greater Boston.  The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with nearly 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. 

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