In December 2011, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and the Foundation Center released a report that found about one percent of foundation giving is targeted to organizations and programs that primarily serve Latino communities. This figure has remained the same for the past ten years while the Hispanic population has grown by 43 percent. While the Latino community’s growth is rapidly changing the U.S. political landscape, major socioeconomic divisions persist. The average Latino family has ten cents in assets for every dollar the average white family has. Across the country, half of Latino students drop out of high school, and Latinos now make up a majority of the population sent to federal prison for felonies.
To move the needle on these disturbing trends, we need to make bigger, smarter investments in Latino communities. To that end, HIP and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) host HIP GameChangers in Chicago to discuss investments in Latino communities and Latin America, with a special focus on Chicago. The event is part of HIP's year-long GameChangers Campaign to raise philanthropy's awareness of the critical underfunding of Latino communities and emphasize the need for bigger, more strategic investments.