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LETTER FROM THE HIP PRESIDENT

Dear Friends and Partners, Over my 27 years at HIP, I’ve been inspired by so many Latinos who give their time, talent, and resources to support their communities. And so it is with great pride that during my last year at HIP, we celebrate 33 HIPGivers (corresponding to HIP’s 33rd year) for their incredible generosity. In these pages you will find the stories of Latino givers of all types – organizers, actors, executives, teachers, artists, and nurturers. The common thread is a deep care for their communities and a conviction that even small acts of giving can create enormous change. I hope you enjoy their stories, and that their light will inspire you to burn yours even more brightly. Saludos y abrazos,

DIANA CAMPOAMOR

President, Hispanics in Philanthropy


LETTER FROM THE HIP BOARD CHAIR

Dear Colegas, One of the many lessons Diana has imparted through her years at HIP is that the Latino spirit of generosity is contagious and unending. So, though Diana will move on from HIP, the HIPGivers project and its celebration of our luminous givers will continue. Thank you to Diana, to the HIPGivers, and to all the other kindhearted spirits throughout the Latino community. We are so grateful for all that you do. Con agradecimiento,

NELSON I. COLร“N

Board Chair, Hispanics in Philanthropy President, Fundaciรณn Comunitaria de Puerto Rico


TABLE OF CONTENTS

• NORMA BASTIDAS.........................................................................................16 HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR LONGEST TRIATHLON

• MARCELINA BAUTISTA...................................................................................18 FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, CENTER OF SUPPORT AND TRAINING FOR FEMALE DOMESTIC WORKERS (CACEH)

• DIANA BERMUDEZ.........................................................................................20 NONPROFIT / FOUNDATION CONSULTANT

• CHRIS CARDONA............................................................................................22 PROGRAM OFFICER, PHILANTHROPY, FORD FOUNDATION

• RICHARD A. CARRANZA.................................................................................24 SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

• NARCISO CONTRERAS...................................................................................26 PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PHOTO & VIDEO JOURNALIST

• CARLOS CRUZ................................................................................................28 CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, CAUCE CIUDADANO A.C.

• VICTOR ESPINOZA.........................................................................................30 TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING JOCKEY

• ELLA FONTANALS-CISNEROS.........................................................................32 FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION

• JANE GARCÍA.................................................................................................34 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, LA CLÍNICA DE LA RAZA

• LISA GARCIA QUIROZ....................................................................................36 PRESIDENT, TIME WARNER FOUNDATION


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• NELLIE M. GORBEA........................................................................................40 RHODE ISLAND SECRETARY OF STATE

• JOSÉ M. HERNÁNDEZ....................................................................................42 FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT AND FOUNDER, REACHING FOR THE STARS FOUNDATION

• MORENA HERRERA........................................................................................44 MEMBER, FEMINIST COLLECTIVE FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

• CAROLINA HUARANCA..................................................................................46 PRINCIPAL, KAPOR CAPITAL

• JAE MALDONADO..........................................................................................48 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STREET LEVEL HEALTH PROJECT

• CHRISTINE MÁRQUEZ HUDSON....................................................................50 PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE DENVER FOUNDATION

• RICKY MARTIN................................................................................................52 FOUNDER, THE RICKY MARTIN FOUNDATION

• LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA.................................................................................54 MACARTHUR ‘GENIUS’ AND TONY AWARD-WINNING ‘HAMILTON’ MEGA STAR

• LUIS A. MIRANDA, JR.....................................................................................56 FOUNDING PARTNER, THE MIRRAM GROUP

• CAINE MONROY.............................................................................................58 BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR WITH A CREATIVE STREAK

• JANET MURGUÍA............................................................................................60 PRESIDENT AND CEO, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA


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• ANA L. OLIVEIRA............................................................................................64 PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE NEW YORK WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

• MARISA AURORA QUIROZ.............................................................................66 SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

• TIM RIOS.........................................................................................................68 SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, WELLS FARGO

• ANA GLORIA RIVAS-VÁZQUEZ.......................................................................70 REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

• AIDA RODRIGUEZ, PHD.................................................................................72 PROFESSOR OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, MILANO SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, MANAGEMENT AND URBAN POLICY AT THE NEW SCHOOL

• JUAN PABLO ROMERO FUENTES..................................................................74 FOUNDER, LOS PATOJOS

• KARLA SOUZA................................................................................................76 TV AND MOVIE ACTOR

• CANDY TORRES..............................................................................................78 ‘TECHNORICAN’ SPACE ENGINEER AND ENTREPRENEUR

• SONYA ULIBARRI............................................................................................80 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GIRLS INC. OF METRO DENVER

• ARTURO VARGAS...........................................................................................82 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NALEO AND THE NALEO EDUCATIONAL FUND

• DIANA CAMPOAMOR....................................................................................84 PRESIDENT, HISPANICS IN PHILANTHROPY


THESE 33 PERSONAL STORIES ARE A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE GENEROSITY, KINDNESS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT THAT BINDS TOGETHER OUR FAMILIES, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE AMERICAS.


HIP 2016

A YEAR IN REVIEW

HIP GRANTMAKING

$2,336,260 Total amount awarded in grants to Latinoled, Latino-serving nonprofits across the U.S. and Mexico. The grants helped to build the capacity of organizations in a variety of ways, including board development, strategic planning, communications, technology and evaluations.

150 Total number of Latinoled, Latino-serving organizations who received funds awarded by HIP through traditional grantmaking and crowdfunding.

CAPACITY BUILDING HIP hosted 45 webinars in 2016, bringing diverse corners of the country and Latin America together to learn from one another and share strategies for success in moving forward issues in our communities.

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GEOGRAPHIC REACH In 2016, HIP led impactful programs in nine locations: • Mexico • North Carolina • Colorado • California • New Mexico • Arizona • Connecticut • Rhode Island • Puerto Rico

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PROGRAM AREAS

LEADERSHIP, VOICE AND EQUITY IN 2016, HIP CONTINUED TO EXPAND AND DEEPEN ITS PROGRAM WORK WITH A CONTINUED FOCUS ON ITS MISSION TO PROMOTE LEADERSHIP, VOICE AND EQUITY.

LATINO MEN AND BOYS

EVENTS HIPGive CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM

$432,260 ISSUES AFFECTING WOMEN

Total raised in 2016 on HIPGive to support grassroots Latino nonprofits and their communities across the U.S. and Latin America.

152 Total number of unique organizations who ran projects on HIPGive. CAPACITY BUILDING

REPORTS • Latino Age Wave: Promising Practices Emerge in Two States October 25, 2016

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

AGING

• HIP to College 2012 - 2015: Creating Strong Funding and Nonprofit Networks for Latino Student Success April 28, 2016 • Keeping the Promise: Evolving Nonprofit Strategies in the U.S. Southwest Help Latino Men and Boys to Harness Potential April 26, 2016

2016 was a year of bringing multisector leaders, philanthropists, community activists, HIPGivers and luminaries together to discuss and support the most pertinent issues in our communities. • HIP 2016 VIP Reception San Francisco, January 28 • 2016 Leadership Convening & HIPGiver Gala Sonoma, CA March 9 • Meeting of Latino CEOs and Trustees Sonoma, CA March 9, 2016 • HIP Membership Meeting Washington, April 9 • Migration in the Northern Triangle, Mexico, and the U.S. – Changing Contextual and Philanthropic Landscapes New York , November 14

EXPANDING TO THE CARIBBEAN • This year, HIP took a group of 20 funders on a Study Seminar to Cuba to explore opportunities for investment in the region. IMMIGRATION

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Norma Bastidas HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR LONGEST TRIATHLON

I give hope.

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orma Bastidas is a survivor. Her story is one of resilience, determination and strength, both physically and emotionally. Born into struggling families and a community affected by violence, she was like millions of girls worldwide who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. And, like them, she was a perfect target for human trafficking. This is the story of her life and her philanthropy. To support her family in Sinaloa, Mexico, Bastidas accepted a lucrative modeling job offer in Japan. She was 19. Upon arriving, her passport was taken away and, instead of modeling, she was sent to work in bars. So began her years of sexual exploitation and assaults. Unbroken, Bastidas found her escape through education. She used tips from working in bars to study during the day and eventually obtained a student visa granting her legal status in Japan and allowing her to find regular employment. She left Japan after six years and settled in Canada, where she studied business administration and is pursuing Women and Gender Studies and psychology coursework. Eventually, Bastidas became a single mom with two boys, one of whom had special needs. She started running to cope with daily stressors and the post-traumatic stress from her past. Once she found support for herself and her family, she never stopped running. Bastidas decided to speak out and to raise awareness about sexual violence, so she embarked on an ultramarathon. She ran more than 2,000 miles through three countries, from Vancouver, British Columbia,

to Mazatlan, Mexico. While passing through Tijuana, Bastidas visited a domestic violence shelter. That’s when she began to realize that she had been trafficked. ‘’I thought I wasn’t, because I had signed a contract,” Bastidas recalled. “When I learned these are targeted false promises to young women, that changed everything for me. I understood that I was preyed on.” “Then I got the idea for the world’s longest triathlon,” she added. “I decided to learn to swim and show the world my determination.’’ In 2014, the year she turned 47, Bastidas set a Guinness World Records mark for the longest triathlon: 3,096 miles running, biking and swimming from Cancun, Mexico, to Washington, D.C. The route traces part of the human trafficking flow in the Americas. iEmpathize provided support and filmed it for inclusion in the documentary, “Be Relentless.” “Latinos are portrayed as one dimensional. I want to break that stereotype as much as possible ... by breaking the world record as a Latina, female and survivor.” Sometimes, she finds that she can help others begin to heal just by listening. ‘’After speaking engagements, women are waiting for me backstage,” she said, “and it’s the first time they’ve ever spoken about their experience as survivors.’’ A self-described ordinary person doing extraordinary things to eradicate trafficking, she has empowered herself and so many others to step from being victims, to becoming survivors.

‘’After speaking engagements, women are waiting for me backstage, and it’s the first time they’ve ever spoken about their experience as survivors.’’


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Marcelina Bautista FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, CENTER OF SUPPORT AND TRAINING FOR FEMALE DOMESTIC WORKERS (CACEH)

I give because I received.

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arcelina Bautista has become the voice and leader of more than two million women in Mexico. They are all domestic workers and, at 11 percent of the nation’s female workforce, they represent its third largest labor sector. Yet, domestic work has no legal recognition nor worker protections. Because they toil for the most part in private homes, it is a totally invisible sector, which makes it notorious for abusive working conditions. They have no health care nor other benefits, no overtime pay, subliving wages and are often abused sexually and verbally. They risk unemployment if they speak up. Bautista was 11 years old when she left her indigenous community to work in Oaxaca City in other people’s homes. ‘’Bad treatment, exploitation and discrimination; I didn’t even know what that was at the time,’’ she recalled. At 14, only speaking her native Mixteca, she moved to Mexico City and again found domestic work with abusive, slave-like conditions. She was able to escape through a local church program and the guidance of Padre Iván. He introduced her and 24 other female domestic workers to a world of community organizing, workers’ rights and human rights. He ‘’taught us to organize and taught us to be united,’’ Bautista said, adding that this was where she began to feel empowered as a domestic worker. Today, it is clear that Bautista has in turn empowered thousands of others throughout Mexico. In 2000,

she founded the Center of Support and Training for Female Domestic Workers (CACEH), one of very few organizations in Mexico that offer outreach, training, support and empowerment. By teaching about human and labor rights, CACEH is strengthening the labor movement and civic engagement in Mexico. ‘’Sometimes, I cry with them, too – I put myself in their shoes – because they need to feel a part of this space where we understand the abuses they suffer,’’ Bautista said. ´´... Empowerment is what allows them to defend what is theirs.’’ Bautista’s vision has grown beyond Mexico. She managed to plug the national movement into the larger Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Domestic Workers and the broader International Federation of Domestic Workers. They support ratification of Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which would force Mexico’s federal government to acknowledge and address the female domestic workers’ poor working conditions. In 2015, Bautista saw one of her dreams come true with the creation of the first national domestic workers’ union (Sinactraho) in Mexico. Its supporters believe this union will take CACEH’s advocacy to another level. Although it was an important milestone for Bautista, she says that being able to give is still the best gift she’s ever received: ‘’When I help a domestic worker that comes to CACEH, and she leaves a different person–that’s my gift every day.’’

“Empowerment is what allows them to defend what is theirs.’’


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Diana Bermudez NONPROFIT / FOUNDATION CONSULTANT

I give time, talent and treasure with ánimo y corazón. [with enthusiasm and heart]

THE POWER OF MAKING CONNECTIONS D

iana Bermudez deeply understands the power of making connections, forging partnerships and fostering alliances. As a grantmaker and nonprofit/ foundation consultant, she has helped organizations communicate the importance of their work to funders, and show how it fits into the broader framework of philanthropic programs. This “translator” work, as she puts it, has cemented her philosophy of giving that transcends the financial gift. Giving, she said, also means mentoring, volunteering, connecting people and sharing information. “In the philanthropic and nonprofit world, we also share information to improve practice; that’s what we do,” she said. “Now, as a consultant, I continue sharing knowledge and information to advance efforts in the third sector.” Two of her mentees, she proudly reports, are now elected officials and others are in senior level positions at nonprofits. Bermudez believes it is human nature to want to aid society. People can be inspired to give, she said, by helping them “get connected to issues; to see and feel both the challenges at hand and the people working to address them.” Prior to working as an independent consultant, Bermudez was a Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, where she managed grantmaking in the Urban Poverty/Community Development Program. Then she went to the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. She has managed nonprofits and programs for

neighborhood improvement, preschoolers, youth, working parents, and elders. Bermudez said that working with farmworkers as a young adult ignited her interest in giving back to her community. “There’s something exciting about falling into opportunities and seeing where that leads when you follow your heart and inspiration,” she said. “I feel very lucky to have loved what I do and to simultaneously do good in the world.” Bermudez, who has a master’s in public health, recalled that early in her career, she got an entry-level job at The Unity Council in Oakland, California, and worked her way up to deputy director. She caught the attention of Ford officials through a site visit, which led to her hiring as a program officer. Shortly after going to Ford, Bermudez joined the HIP Board. As a longtime advocate for the underserved, Bermudez said she focused on supporting HIP’s efforts to increase resources for Latino communities. “... I’ve come to understand from an intimate perspective of my work with philanthropists and foundations that it’s not the accumulation of money and wealth that is the eureka of it all, but rather,” she said, “it is the satisfaction of giving away wealth to make a difference in the lives of people and in society.” To Bermudez, each person can be philanthropic and help to heal the world: “We can always ask ourselves, ‘What can I do to make things better?’ ”

“It’s not the accumulation of money and wealth that is the eureka of it all, but rather, it is the satisfaction of giving away wealth to make a difference in the lives of others.”


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Chris Cardona PROGRAM OFFICER, PHILANTHROPY FORD FOUNDATION

I give what I’ve been given. I pass it on.

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hris Cardona recalls precisely where he was when he developed a passion for giving for the common good, becoming a “card-carrying philanthropoid,” as this Ford Foundation Program Officer now describes himself. It was the late 1990s and he was in his first post-college job, in the crammed, stuffy shared office space in Berkeley, California, that served as one of the early headquarters of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP). “Those early days in Berkeley – that’s where it all began,” he said. “Once I figured out that money that would otherwise go for someone’s second yacht, could go instead to do good in the world ... that was the moment when I realized that was the field for me.” Cardona returned to school and earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, before returning to HIP. This time he headed its New York City office, where he remained for several years. Following his time at HIP, Cardona continued to build his giving muscle by consulting for leading foundations all over the country. He has consistently promoted strategies for advancing equity, in part due to his ability to communicate effectively across cultures. “Bridging is something I think that many Latinos have that’s distinctive,” Cardona said. “Language shapes the way that we understand and interact with the world, and having access to more than one language provides a broader set of perspectives. You can see different realities and connect them.” His parents, both immigrants from Colombia, were believers in the American dream. His father, who arrived in the U.S. in the 1960s to pursue a graduate degree in engineering,

liked to remind Cardona that he had arrived in the U.S. on the Fourth of July. When choosing between grad schools, his father turned down the opportunity for a full ride to MIT, because it hinged on returning to Colombia afterwards. He opted instead for a no-stringsattached enrollment at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and stayed in the United States to provide opportunity for his family. “I grew up with my abuelitos in Colombia, but also with my godparents in Massachusetts, whom I called Grandma and Grandpa. I remember visiting them often as a child; I later learned that it was an eighthour drive each way from Buffalo, where I was born. Those were the lengths to which my parents went to give me and my sister an extended family in the States. That spirit of total generosity and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good feels very Latino to me.” Institutionalized giving by foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals is “too narrow a lens” through which to view philanthropy, according to Cardona. “Generosity is a human impulse,” he said. “It’s fundamental to how we operate as social animals. It’s all around us.” He cited the many ways that people use money and relationships to build a better world: charitable giving, but also remittances to countries of origin, or contributing to someone’s crowdfunding campaign. “There are so many ways in which we use money and generosity to express our vision of the good life, or what the world should be like,” he said. “That’s beautiful, and it’s all around us.”

“Generosity is fundamental to how we operate as social animals. It’s all around us.”


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Richard A. Carranza SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

I give because someone before me gave to enable me to be able to give now.

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BUILDING EQUITY TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY

or Richard A. Carranza, the newly appointed Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, education has always represented a powerful gift brimming with opportunity. But he knows how hard it can be to reach for that opportunity. A high school guidance counselor once suggested that a class in sheet metal (his father’s career path), might be a better choice for the youngster than taking chemistry. “As a son of blue-collar workers who started school not knowing a word of English,” Carranza said, “I have the opportunity and extreme privilege to lead a School District – 62 percent of its students Latino – where I can fight for an equitable education for students and ensure that my community’s voice won’t go unheard or be minimized.” Carranza obtained a bachelor’s in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a master´s of education with distinction from Northern Arizona University. He paid for some of his schooling by performing in mariachi groups. Carranza then went back to teach in his Tucson high school and started working his way into administration. He is a former regional superintendent for Las Vegasarea public schools in Clarke County, Nevada, and was the most recent Superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District before moving last August to the Houston system. Carranza’s career has been dedicated to ensuring that all students receive an excellent education. Furthermore, he recognizes the changes must also be systemic. “We must have a system that

addresses longstanding disparities and inequities, while also making classrooms vibrant and more engaging centers of learning that prepare all students for thrilling career and life opportunities,” he said. The Houston Superintendent has also taken on national leadership roles, having chaired the Board of the Council of the Great City Schools and as the Board Secretary for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents; a Board Director for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future; the American Association of School Administrators Executive Committee, and the K to College Advisory Board. He has also been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors, and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Board of Trustees. A longtime supporter of Hispanics in Philanthropy, Carranza’s way of giving back appears fully aligned with HIP’s mission of strengthening Latino equity, voice and leadership while embracing the core values of empowerment, inclusion, and social justice. “My journey as an educator and my personal commitment to our students and their families is about strengthening educational equity, augmenting the voice of students and their families and empowering the next generation of leaders in this country,” he said. “Latinos give from their soul in order to better their community and provide opportunities for the next generation,” he added. Fortunately for us, Carranza has taken this cue from his community and continues to pay it forward.

“My journey as an educator and my personal commitment to students and their families is about strengthening educational equity ...”


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Narciso Contreras PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PHOTO AND VIDEO JOURNALIST

He gives to bear witness.

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arciso Contreras thrives on capturing images of crises that cry out for a humanitarian response. This isn’t the most common place to thrive, but Contreras’ job depends on it. A Pulitzer Prizewinning photo and video journalist, Contreras has covered crises across Asia, Africa and the Middle East since 2010 and has been devoted in capturing the human experience. His photos are raw, his subjects represent upheavals in some of the most contested centers of conflict across the globe. His eye is keen and his perspective offers more than the typical view of war-torn communities. His lens shines humanity and understanding—it forces one to recognize hypocrisies and complexities. Born in Mexico City in 1975, Contreras attended the Escuela de Fotografía (Photography Active School) there, as well as at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and National University of Anthropology and History, where he focused on Visual Anthropology, Feature Photography and Philosophy. He was clearly preparing for a career like the one he’s built over the years. What he gives to communities across the world are the faces and stories that many times get buried in the rubble. Beginning with his coverage in Asia, Contreras went to live in a monastery and explore Hinduism and culture in India. From there, his documentation expanded to places like Myanmar and Yemen, where he covered the forgotten war. His portfolio began to grow, and in 2013 he was one of five Associated Press photographers to

share the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for their work in covering the Syrian war. Contreras understands the power of imagery to the extent that he risks his life for it, and he does so constantly. In an article that he wrote for The Guardian in 2012, he shared the shockingly raw stories of his experience documenting the conflict in Syria. “When you enter Aleppo, you take a big risk; you could be killed or abducted,” he wrote. “You find yourself surrounded by explosions, then you look at yourself and realize you are still alive.” His work has also taken him to Turkey, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, and Libya. In 2016, he received the Carmignac Photojournalism Award for documenting the complex trafficking market that has resulted from the violence and illegal migration in Libya since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime. As Contreras told Time magazine in 2012, his pictures show “the despair of the current crisis from this side of the conflict—the side that we, as foreign correspondents in Syria, are allowed to cover; the side of the poorest, the most vulnerable, and all those trapped by geography or by circumstances in the areas controlled by the rebel fighters.” In January, he was in North Africa to capture images of the migrant crisis there. Contreras is on a continuous journey to document, share and bear witness. “I lived and studied at a monastery in India before becoming a conflict photographer, and everything I see now is through the eyes of Krishna,” he wrote in The Guardian. “This is my personal belief. I am just an instrument in this situation.”

“This is my personal belief. I am just an instrument in this situation.”


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Carlos Cruz CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT CAUCE CIUDADANO A.C.

I give entries to those who can’t find exits and exits to those who can’t find entries.

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FROM STREETFIGHTER TO NONVIOLENCE ADVOCATE

arlos Cruz, co-founder of Cauce Ciudadano in Mexico, grew up on mean streets and eventually, out of pain, found resilience and transformation. As an agent of change, he has dedicated his life to youth development, getting gangbangers to build processes for peace, and teaching youngsters to eschew violence in and out of school. He and his nonprofit equip youths to improve their community through healthy living; respect for human rights, including gender rights; group projects; going to school peacefully, resilience and having the right to change. “I give entries to those who can’t find exits and exits for those who can’t find entries,” is how Cruz sums up his work. “We’re changing how people behave,” he said, adding that Cauce Ciudadano reaches 69 municipalities in Mexico. Cruz said it operates various violence prevention programs in Mexico City, Morelos, Querétaro, Monterrey, Juárez, San Luis Potosí, Oaxaca and Tlaxcala, among others. “One has to work to keep that violence away tomorrow,” said Cruz, for whom the violent loss of a friend, along with his own mother’s teachings about giving and receiving love, were pivotal in changing his life. He received training at the International Institute of Leadership, which was founded by Israel’s labor federation. “In many cases, we seem very small,” he said, “but like streams of water that come together and break

the streets, we have a lot of energy. To dignify the lives of our mothers and daughters is urgent for the world, in our homes and in our neighborhoods.” Cruz, who fondly recalls helping his father to create a park before the lad turned to his life of crime, cofounded Cauce Ciudadano largely to stop youth violence in 2001. Along with other delinquentsturned-peacemakers, he built the Aprendiendo a Vivir (Learning to Live) community development center to thwart the lure of street gangs and other risky activities. Later, Cruz partnered with civil sector and corporate programs to get transitional services and jobs for more than 400 marginalized women and their families. Through a civil sector-government partnership, he also helped to implement a prevention of genderbased violence program that reaches more than 65,000 students a year. Then, in 2010, he founded the Retoño program for the prevention of organized delinquency. The Retoño Network now works with crime victims and perpetrators, and through crime prevention public policy projects in 16 of Mexico’s 31 states. Cruz says that, ultimately, Latin America will need a clearer vision of its common problems. “... I can’t do my full work, if we don’t tackle the issue of corruption,” he said. “There’s a need to find justice. We have to look at ourselves to solve the idea that you need revenge; let’s transform the conflict.”

“To dignify the lives of our mothers and daughters is urgent for the world, in our homes and in our neighborhoods.”


“WE’RE HERE PART TIME — WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG WE HAVE ON THIS EARTH; LIFE IS TOO SHORT. HAVE FUN AND HELP THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT.”

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Victor Espinoza TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING JOCKEY

I give to step up and help those in need. We need the rights that everyone has and we need to stick together.

CHAMPION JOCKEY RACES TO FUND CANCER RESEARCH V

ictor Espinoza is undoubtedly a go-getter. But, instead of waking up early to put on a suit and tie before meeting with colleagues, on a typical day he heads to the stables to train on thoroughbred horses. His office is the windy racetrack, and his accolades the most sought-after recognitions in the jockey world – multiple wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes – and thoroughbred racing’s top achievement: the Triple Crown. Espinoza learned to ride at age six, while growing up on a dairy farm in Hidalgo State, Mexico. He dedicated himself seriously to the sport at 13 and, by 16, he was in the public arena at his first race. He moved from small-town farm life to bustling Mexico City in his mid-teens, where he paid his way through jockey school and got his start in the big city. It wasn’t until his early 20s, however, that Espinoza made a major name for himself, after moving to the U.S., where he began racing competitively in Kentucky and California. Between 2000 and 2006, he averaged 193 wins a year, a staggering figure for any jockey. By his late 30s, he’d won most major competitions, and in 2015 he clinched the elusive Triple Crown of racing by winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes on American Pharoah. At age 43, he was the first Latino and the oldest jockey ever to win the Triple Crown. While his

demeanor on a horse is known for being sharp, highly skilled and business-like, his off-track persona is thoughtful, kind and guided by generosity. For his entire career, Espinoza has contributed 10 percent of his winnings to support cancer research at City of Hope, a national cancer research and treatment center based in Southern California. “I chose to do it on my own. I have the power to step up and help those in need,” he said. “To see kids with a cancer is a horrible thing; they need more help than anyone else. I am so fortunate to have my health.” Upon winning the final leg of his Triple Crown, Espinoza donated his portion of the Belmont Stakes winnings to City of Hope. “We’re here part time – we don’t know how long we have on this earth; life is too short. Have fun and help those who really need it,” he said, recalling the mantra that both guides his horseracing career and his role as a philanthropist. “As a community, we need to build a strong foundation,” he said. “It’s like a house, if we don’t build a strong foundation [through giving], the house will fall down.” With every win, Espinoza contributes to this collective foundation, and he’s betting it’s the right way to continue riding through life.


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Ella Fontanals-Cisneros FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO)

I give with a total feeling of accomplishing my mission to help/promote artists from Latin America.

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lla Fontanals-Cisneros has been contributing to a humanitarian vision and environmentally conscious perspectives of the world since she was a teenager. Her father died shortly after she fled with her family from Cuba to Venezuela when Fontanals-Cisneros was 16. So she took her first job teaching English and, on the side, began offering water ballet lessons to her students. She soon discovered that water ballet was more lucrative. “It was my first entrepreneurial thing,” she said in a 2007 interview for W magazine. It set a tone for her future endeavors as a high fashion boutique owner, raw materials exporter and Manhattan high-end apartment flipper, all of which preceded her career of collecting contemporary art and making it accessible to the public. Today Fontanals-Cisneros is the founder and president of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), which showcases Latin American art on a global scale to foster international appreciation for the artists and their work. Sharing art with the public by “giving them the opportunity to learn about the artist’s work; access to educational projects; access to educational projects for children/families, and world-class exhibitions in the CIFO art space at no cost to the viewing public,” Fontanals-Cisneros said, “is what I give to our community – contributing to the expansion of Latin American culture.” Throughout her career, Fontanals-Cisneros has collaborated with a variety of art institutions, including the Colección Mercantil in Venezuela and the Museum

of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1990, Fontanals-Cisneros founded the Together Foundation, a global effort designed to share environmental best practices that the UN-Habitat program still uses today. Fontanals-Cisneros has loaned selections from her substantial and eclectic collection of Latin American art to the Tate Modern in London and the Reina Sofía Museum in Barcelona, among other museums. In 2012, Fontanals-Cisneros published, “Pulses of Abstraction in Latin America.” It catalogs and describes the geometric abstraction movement in Latin America, as told through pieces from her collection of art. She partly credits her former husband, a Venezuelan billionaire, for helping to shape her philosophy of giving through the fundamental recognition of the value of art in culture and its crucial role in Hispanic communities. “I think the model of humility and generosity to me has been my ex-husband, Oswaldo Cisneros,” she said. “He showed me through his example that giving is the most precious gift.” Through her foundation, publications, service on various boards, such as the Institute of International Education, and desire to share her work and knowledge with those around her, Fontanals-Cisneros’ contributions to the Hispanic community have been rich and textured. “Both my foundation, CIFO, and HIP,” she said, “are interested in promoting a part of a growing population in the U.S. by helping them to take a leading role in our communities.”

“He showed me through his example that giving is the most precious gift.”


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Jane García CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER LA CLÍNICA DE LA RAZA

She gives opportunity and compassion.

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n her way to building La Clínica de La Raza into one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in California, Jane García blazed a trail that has spanned more than three decades of achievements— and still counting. The Chief Executive Officer of the Oakland-based La Clínica is a shining example of a legacy builder. Originally from El Paso, Texas, García started at La Clínica after completing her undergraduate studies at Yale University and obtaining her master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. Under her leadership, the nonprofit has grown as a community safe-haven, a place for culturally appropriate healthcare services that make sense. Many of the patients that walk through La Clínica’s 33 sites in Northern California’s Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties are immigrants; some are undocumented and many are from traditionally underserved communities. Over her 34 years, García has expanded the organization’s budget from $2 million to more than $100 million, employing over 1,000 people and serving more than 90,000 patients annually. Its facilities are no basic clinics. Beyond family medicine, pediatrics and ob-gyn, the clinics provide preventative medicine, dental care, behavioral health care, and optometry. The communities they serve depend on them for health education and social services, and even tattoo removals. Under García’s leadership, La Clínica sees health as a holistic mosaic.

But her leadership and influence have extended beyond those health facilities. “During the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Welfare Reform as well as Immigration Reform,” her team has stated, “she was repeatedly identified as a spokesperson who could attest to the impact each of these policies would have on underserved communities.” She is also recognized for having been a strong and loud advocate for prenatal health care for immigrant women. When the California state program that provides for those services was in danger, García joined with other advocates who succeeded in preserving it. In addition to being a strong activist and advocate in her community, García chairs the Boards of The California Endowment, Alameda Alliance for Health, and the Community Clinic Consortium. She has also served on the boards of the Center for Elders Independence, Alameda Health Consortium, Solano Coalition for Better Health, Community Health Center Network, and California Primary Care Association. She has received the San Francisco Business Times Healthcare Hero award and has been inducted into both the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Women’s Hall of Fame, among many other outstanding recognitions. García has blazed a trail as a caring and careful, intentional and strong, visionary and present Latino giver. She’s emblematic of the type of healthcare we’re all seeking–healthcare created with people front and center.

“Under García’s leadership, La Clínica sees health as a holistic mosaic.”


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Lisa Garcia Quiroz PRESIDENT, TIME WARNER FOUNDATION

I give my life to what I believe in.

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f you ask Lisa Garcia Quiroz about her professional work, an amazing sense of optimism emerges. Garcia Quiroz, who serves as the President of the Time Warner Foundation and the Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner Inc., believes firmly that any person can give back to their community. “No matter what you do, there’s always a way for one to give back in ways that are meaningful,” Garcia Quiroz said. “I’ve been lucky that my professional life has intersected with my heart.” Born in Staten Island, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Mexican father, Garcia Quiroz recalls stories of her father serving as a social worker and of her grandmother donating portions of her small paycheck to orphanages. From these experiences, Garcia Quiroz says she inherited a “cultural ethos of giving back to your community” that she says exists in many Latino families. Garcia Quiroz became the first graduate from her high school to be accepted by Harvard University, where she studied sociology and became involved with Latinos on campus. Upon graduating, Garcia Quiroz worked for three years in the Harvard Admissions Office before reenrolling to pursue a master’s degree in business. “I decided to go to business school because I could use it in any sector,” she said. “Leadership and making sure institutions are strong are all things that you can do in either sector.” She joined Time Inc. more than 25 years ago and has never looked back. “I felt strongly that there was an absence of people of color in the media

and the kind of stories that should be told about our community” she stated. In 1993, she began developing Time for Kids, a weekly classroom newsmagazine aimed at promoting literacy and citizenship. It has achieved a circulation of close to four million. In 1997, she served as the launch publisher for People en Español, the bestselling Hispanic-oriented magazine in the United States. These achievements, among others, earned Garcia Quiroz top jobs at both Time Warner Foundation and Time Warner Inc. While at Time Warner, she served on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, for which she was nominated in 2010 by former President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Garcia Quiroz also chairs the Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where she supports creation of Latino Scholar groups to strengthen Latino community-building. Garcia Quiroz said that she hopes to inspire Latinos to give back, not only to their loved ones but also to their larger community. “As Latinos, our charity work oftentimes begins at home,” she said, in praising Latino generosity. “By supporting Hispanic Scholarship Fund and other Latino organizations, we are investing in the future of the Latino community.” Garcia Quiroz also wants to see greater diversity at the top of major foundations. “It’s important to see more Latinos leading influential institutions ...” the Time Warner Foundation chief said. “We need to be active participants in leading our country forward.”

“It’s important to see us Latinos leading institutions like that ... We’re reminding you that there’s a community behind you.”


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DEFINITION OF GIVE gave \ ‘gāv \ given \ ‘gi-ven \ giving transitive verb SELECTED DEFINITIONS FROM MIRRIAM WEBSTER a : to grant or bestow by formal action b : to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason c : to present in public performance <give a concert> d : to present to view or observation <gave the signal to start> e : to designate as a share or portion f : to yield as a product, consequence, or effect g : to yield possession of by way of exchange h : to offer for consideration, acceptance, or use i : to offer as appropriate or due especially to something higher or more worthy j : to cause one to have or receive <mountains always gave him pleasure> k : to lead or attempt to lead —used with an infinitive l : to afford a view or passage m : to enter wholeheartedly into an activity 33 PORTRAITS OF LATINO GIVING & LEADERSHIP • HIPGivers 2017 33 PORTRAITS OF LATINO GIVING & LEADERSHIP • HIPGivers 2017 33 PORTRAITS OF LATINO GIVING & LEADERSHIP • HIPGivers 2017 33 PORTRAITS OF LATINO GIVING & LEADERSHIP • HIPGivers 2017 33 PORTRAITS


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Nellie M. Gorbea

RHODE ISLAND SECRETARY OF STATE

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TRAILBLAZER MODELS PUBLIC LEADERSHIP

ellie Gorbea is open to possibilities. This has defined her career from philanthropy to nonprofits to government. As the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England, she understands the importance of integrating community voices in her work, giving back to the community, and knowing just how many things come full circle in the long run. “Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve tried to serve as a bridge, often being the only Hispanic or person of color in the room,” she said. “But I don’t want to be the only one, and I don’t want to be the last. I want to be a bridge to opening these doors and opportunities to others.” Gorbea credits strong mentors, such as former HIP founding Board member and Ford Foundation Program Officer Diana Bermúdez, for modeling this approach and encouraging her to pay it forward. “I was in awe of Bermúdez’s smarts. It was an important mentoring opportunity for me at a key moment in my life that has become a lifelong friendship,” she added. “Her investment in me led to a lifelong passion for community development, a job as a Program Officer at The Rhode Island Foundation, a leadership role as executive director of a nonprofit, and my own involvement in HIP.” Mentorship, family, and giving came full circle for Gorbea when she was at The Rhode Island Foundation, and her father was named a Trustee of Fundación Angel Ramos in Puerto Rico, where she grew up.

“I got a chance to mentor my father, which was an incredible, unique situation” Gorbea recalled. Now, as Rhode Island’s Secretary of State, Gorbea provides opportunities for community development through broad civic engagement. She has sought to ensure governmental accessibility and transparency. “For people to become engaged, things need to be easy to understand,” Gorbea said. “For example, design is a powerful but underutilized tool for communicating a public policy agenda to people.” She first realized this strategy as the Executive Director of nonprofit HousingWorks RI. It successfully promoted a $25 million bond issue and integrated affordable housing in the state’s economic development agenda. “I have experienced the power of philanthropy as a catalyst for change in my life and have been able to use it to help others. In my 20s it was a HIP Board member [Bermúdez] who gave me the opportunity of a lifetime as a [Ford Foundation] summer fellow. “Later on, HIP was a safe space to grow and evolve as the only Latino program officer in a community foundation,” she recalled. “As a Latina who became executive director of a nonprofit, HIP provided me with a network of individuals to use as sounding boards.“ “HIP is an essential piece to providing mentoring that Latinos need,” she said, “and informing philanthropists who want to learn from the Hispanic experience.”

“Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve tried to serve as a bridge, often being the only Hispanic or person of color in the room.”


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José M. Hernández FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT AND FOUNDER, REACHING FOR THE STARS FOUNDATION

I give to make a difference.

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GIVING THAT FLIES HIGH

osé M. Hernández has worked in the International Space Station, developed cutting edge digital mammography systems, run for Congress, and started a foundation. And through it all, he is most inspired by the impact his work and story have on the next generation. “Helping others was something instilled in me as a kid,” said Hernández, the son of migrant farm workers from Stockton, California. Today his José M. Hernández Reaching for the Stars Foundation helps kids cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities that may orient them toward STEM careers. Reaching for the Stars also partners with the University of the Pacific, Hernández´s alma mater based in Stockton, to offer a summer program for seventh through 12th grade students. The STEM curriculum consists of developing and enhancing critical thinking, along with logical reasoning and problem-solving skills. “To just come in and see the faces of kids light up when I tell them the stories of how I became an astronaut and the importance of STEM. I’m brown just like them, I came from the neighborhoods near them, and I speak with a slight accent like them,” Hernández said. “Being able to empower these kids, that’s what inspires me the most.” Hernández’s family migrated from Michoacán state, in Mexico. When he was in second grade, they settled in Stockton, where he learned English. They often hosted new immigrants in their home. This giving spirit has carried Hernández throughout his life. He earned a University of California, Santa

Barbara master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. For 15 years, Hernández commuted about 40 miles from Stockton to work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. One of his projects dealt with strengthening the image-capturing capacity in computer-aided diagnostic programs that look for early precursors to breast cancer. “If I look back at my career and think of where I made an impact, it’s here – that’s the area I’m most proud of,” he said of developing those early technologies. From there, he joined the Johnson Space Center in Houston, was chosen for the space program by NASA three years later, and completed Astronaut Candidate Training in 2006. As an astronaut, he flew in 2009 on an International Space Station mission, and trained as a Mission Control Capsule Communicator. He also was Executive Director for Strategic Operations for a national technology company. In 2011, Hernández ran for Congress from a northern San Joaquin Valley district, in California’s agricultural heartland. He also wrote two autobiographical books, “Reaching for the Stars,” (“El Cosechador de Estrellas”) and “El Niño Que Tocó las Estrellas,” the latter being geared toward children aged two to five. He recalls being inspired by his father’s “recipe for success,” which includes: deciding where one wants to be, creating a roadmap for getting there and pursuing a strong education. “I share that recipe because I followed it to the letter and it worked for me,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to dream big. To me, that’s the greatest satisfaction.”

“Being able to empower these kids, that’s what inspires me the most.”


“FROM A YOUNG AGE, THE CONVICTION THAT WE CAN CHANGE THINGS, BY JOINING WITH OTHERS, AND OVERCOME INJUSTICES HAS GIVEN MY LIFE MEANING.’’

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Morena Herrera MEMBER, FEMINIST COLLECTIVE FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

I give and I receive from others.

CONFRONTING INEQUALITIES AND INJUSTICE WITH CONVICTION

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orena Herrera, a leader of the Salvadoran women’s human rights and feminist movements, knows what it’s like to stand up for women in a country with some of the most draconian laws regarding female sexual and reproductive decisions. Whether in El Salvador or beyond, Herrera advocates global acceptance for human rights. And, in doing so, she gives tirelessly. ‘’There are lots of fatalistic and individualistic outlooks nowadays,” she said. “But I come from a generation that doesn’t have that mentality. From a young age, the conviction that we can change things, by joining with others, and overcome injustices has given my life meaning.’’ In her current work and in each of her past activist roles–as a leftist guerrilla in El Salvador´s civil war, a National Assembly Alternate, a San Salvador Municipal Board Member and various civil society posts – Herrera has dedicated her life to promoting gender equality and social justice in El Salvador, as well as Central America. ‘’I critically look at the inequality between men and women, within the greater context of social injustice and inequality,’’ she said. That, in turn, has led Herrera to fight against overly restrictive abortion laws, which disproportionately affect underserved women in El Salvador, including those living in poverty. In 1998, El Salvador removed exceptions that had allowed abortions in cases of rape, incest, when the mother’s life is at risk, and when the fetus did not develop properly. Chile, Nicaragua,

Honduras, Haiti, Suriname, Andorra, Malta and the Vatican also have total abortion bans. Nowadays in El Salvador, women who miscarry or have a stillbirth after having obstetric complications fear that they might risk prosecution under the total abortion ban. Last July, the Spanish news agency EFE reported that there were 18 women serving time in El Salvador for alleged abortions. Other reports have placed the total number of prosecutions at about 600. As the head of the Citizens’ Coalition for the Decriminalization of Abortion, Herrera and her team help defend at-risk women and girls and highlight the government’s failure to comply with U.N. conventions and international treaties that recognize reproductive rights as human rights. A UN Population Fund Adolescent Pregnancy map of El Salvador found that 1,444 girls younger than 15 became pregnant in 2015. Those pregnancies would be considered to have resulted from rape, yet the mothers were legally required to give birth. Instead of increasing criminal penalties for women to 30- to 50-year sentences, as the opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) party proposed in 2016, the Citizens’ Coalition wants abortions to be allowed when the mother’s life is at risk, when the pregnancy has resulted from rape, incest or other crimes, and when the fetus is seriously damaged. ‘’It’s important to acknowledge our connection to the community ...” she said. “When we share and demonstrate solidarity, when we walk in others’ shoes and perceive their suffering, we also grow individually as people.’’


“I HOPE TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO GIVE BY LEADING BY EXAMPLE AND SHOWING THAT ONE’S TIME AND ENERGY IS JUST AS VALUABLE AS A DOLLAR AMOUNT.”

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Carolina Huaranca PRINCIPAL, KAPOR CAPITAL

I give because I want to be a voice for the voiceless.

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GUIDING LATINOS INTO THE TECH WORLD

s one of the nation’s few Latina venture capitalists, Carolina Huaranca is blazing paths and making sure the door stays wide open for other Latinos to enter into the tech world alongside her. Between her work at Kapor Capital and her time spent empowering her own community, Huaranca is stopping at nothing to create a more diverse and inclusive Silicon Valley. “I give because I want to be a voice for the voiceless. I want to provide access,” Huaranca said. She credits her parents for having prioritized giving and education as tools for success. Before emigrating from Peru to a New York suburb, her father conducted a ZIP code analysis to identify the best public schools in New York and based his decision on where to live and work based on accessibility to a quality education for his children. Huaranca eventually went on to graduate from Cornell University and began her career as a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker. “Because of my parents, my North Star has always been about giving disenfranchised communities access and opportunity. This has been reflected in the jobs I’ve chosen; I’ve strived to have this reflected throughout my career,” she said. Huaranca eventually left Wall Street and helped launch one of the nation’s highest performing charter school networks. She sees herself very much aligned with Hispanics in Philanthropy’s mission of strengthening Latino leadership, voice, and equity. Just as HIP has sought to do this across the Americas, Huaranca has honed in on doing this in Silicon Valley. In her unique role as a Latina venture capitalist, Huaranca also makes herself accessible to

entrepreneurs who don’t have networks. She hosts office hours to coach would be Latino/a entrepreneurs on how to navigate the fundraising process so they can compete with other more networked entrepreneurs. Huaranca wants to see more Latino/as generate wealth for themselves and their families, and she sees generational wealth being created in tech. “I hope to inspire others to give by leading by example and showing that one’s time and energy is just as valuable as a dollar amount,” she said. Huaranca has provided mentorship and opportunity to underrepresented youth of color through the SMASH Academy, an intensive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college preparatory program. Along with this, in what she describes as one of her proudest accomplishments of 2016, Huaranca helped co-organize Startup Weekend: Latinx Tech Edition, sponsored by the Kapor Center for Social Impact. The event provided aspiring Latino entrepreneurs the platform to design innovative tech-based solutions to problems affecting their communities and allowed them to see themselves in a space that is often unwelcoming. Just as Huaranca, who was a founder of Spriggle, an edtech company, has been able to benefit from her parents’ generosity, she hopes to create opportunities for Latinas and Latinos today and into the future. “We learn the stories of struggle and triumph,” she said, “and with each generation, we give back to try and make it easier for the next generation to achieve its goals.”


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Jae Maldonado EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STREET LEVEL HEALTH PROJECT

I give abundance. RECIPIENT OF THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION AWARD FOR HEALTH EQUITY PRESENTED BY HISPANICS IN PHILANTHROPY

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HEALING THROUGH THE POWERS OF COMMUNITY

ae Maldonado, Executive Director of Street Level Health Project in Oakland, California, brings a healing and empathetic approach to tackling the barriers within immigrant communities. As a bicultural, transmasculine Latinx, Maldonado is fighting to create safe, equitable, and healthy spaces for the most underserved and at-risk populations. “My mother gifted me with the ability to be reflective and strong,” he recalled. “I grew up poor and witnessed a lot of violence as a kid. There were many times where suicide and loss overcame my ability to think clearly but I would remember the strength and resilience I witnessed in my mother and pushed through some really hard times.” After receiving a master’s in public administration, Maldonado began his career fundraising for Legal Momentum and New School University. Soon after, he led family literacy and workforce programs in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. He has more than 14 years of development and direct service experience. After moving to San Francisco in 2008, Maldonado developed intersectional education and workforce programs for marginalized and low-income Latino families in the Mission District. As a committed youth advocate, he brought his passion for equity-centered programming to multiple organizations, most recently

impacting instructional practices as one of the Community School Administrators for San Francisco Unified School District. In Maldonado’s current work at Street Level Health Project, he is helping to provide safety net services to immigrant communities: ensuring equitable and dignified access to health and employment. The organization is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of underinsured, uninsured, and recently arrived immigrant populations of Alameda County, where Oakland is located. The Project is building a community center there to promote the self-sufficiency of its clients, while helping to construct a more just and inclusive society. “I found my calling and healing in the immigrant narratives I have had the honor to serve,” he said. “I work to advance Latino issues because they are close to my heart.” From an early age, Maldonado was taught there is no greater gift than giving to someone in need. This belief that individuals have something greater than ourselves to contribute to our communities has not only shaped him as a person, but helps to inspire his leadership. “Give until you cannot give anymore,” he says simply.

“Life had to be about making others’ lives strong and resilient.”


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Christine Márquez - Hudson PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE DENVER FOUNDATION

I give from my heart.

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LEADING DENVER FUNDER SEEKS TO BRIDGE FAULT LINES

hristine Márquez-Hudson sees herself as an agent for empowerment, and the results of her efforts have blossomed all over Metro Denver. “I am committed to creating change for members of the community that are often not represented at the table–communities of color like Latinos, but also LGBT, youth, community residents, and others,” the President and CEO of The Denver Foundation said. “I have a lot of opportunity to do that now.  I can’t represent everyone, but I can be thoughtful about how decisions will affect people who often aren’t at the table.” She learned her determination from her parents and this type of inclusion especially from her mother, who worked as a first grade teacher for more than 30 years. “She is the one who is unconditionally there for everyone, even beyond her close circle of friends,” Márquez-Hudson said. “She’ll drop everything to be there for her friends and family ... When she passes, we joke, we’ll have a memorial service in Sports Authority Stadium, and she’ll be canonized as a saint.  She never put limits on what my sister, or I – or anybody – could achieve.” Márquez-Hudson has followed her parents’ philanthropic example. “I try to be thoughtful and generous with my time, with mentorship and support,” she said. Prior to joining The Denver Foundation, she flourished as the Executive Director of Metro Denver’s Latino-facing Mi Casa Resource Center, which focuses on economic success for Latino families through integrated services, including job training, small

business development and after-school programs. “Everyone cares about the economy, everyone cares about their own businesses,” she recalled.  “At Mi Casa, we wanted economic success for Latinos to be about everyone, and the entire community.”  “When you find a connection with allies,” she added, “you work together to understand how everyone fits into the bigger picture.  And it’s a picture that we all need to care about, so we can all flourish.” She has served as a trustee on the boards of the Boettcher Foundation and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as a 2009 Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow and a Colorado Trust Fellow, as well as being an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institutes’ Executive Leadership Program. Her family goes back nine generations in Colorado. Márquez-Hudson previously worked as director of consulting and capacity building at Denver-based JVA Consulting. She was also a teacher in Costa Rica for many years. “We and the Latino community have so many wonderful assets to share,” Márquez-Hudson said.  “We need to share with our own community to lift up those who can succeed, but it’s also so important to reach out to other communities to share our gifts with each other.  “I see so many shared needs across communities African-American, Native American, Asian American– but it’s still so segregated,” she added. “ – We need to both support our own community and, as leaders, be linking arms with others to make a difference.”

“I can’t represent everyone, but I can be thoughtful about how decisions will affect people without a voice.” 


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Ricky Martin FOUNDER, THE RICKY MARTIN FOUNDATION

I give my voice to fight human trafficking.

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hile most know Ricky Martin as a billboard chart-topper and esteemed musician, his lesspublicized work is most certainly his most important. As founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation, ALMA Award-winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Martin has dedicated his life to humanitarian efforts, specifically denouncing human trafficking, with an emphasis on children and youth. The philanthropy of singer, songwriter and actor Enrique Martín Morales, whose stage name is Ricky Martin, dates back to his early teen years in his native Puerto Rico, when he and other members of Menudo, a boys Latin pop group, were designated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. “I was a UNICEF Ambassador during my youth – I was appalled by the social inequalities and couldn’t turn a blind eye to the hearts of Latin America,” he said. In 2004, he established the Puerto Rico-based Ricky Martin Foundation to provide research, education and a strong voice for over 45 million people worldwide who are prey to human traffickers – also known as modernday slavery. In raising awareness, the Foundation has also achieved the passage of legislation to establish human trafficking penalties in Puerto Rico. Martin is clear about the impact he and his team are working toward. “Visibility and awareness – essential tools to open our eyes about the existence of human trafficking ... [W]e must become agents of change,” he said. Among his many accolades, Martin was recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Hero

in Ending Modern Day Slavery in 2005. On behalf of the Ricky Martin Foundation, he addressed the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking during a 2008 speech in Vienna. Martin also has worked in tandem with the International Organization for Migration on a campaign to prevent human trafficking. And, among a myriad of other contributions, he visited and offered support in 2005 to Houston survivors of Hurricane Katrina and in areas devastated by the South Asian Tsunami in 2004 and has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity. Martin, who received a GLAAD Media Award in 2011, the year after he came out, has also been a vocal advocate for the rights of homosexuals. His philanthropy contributes to strengthening communities and families. In 2013, he established an online parenting and caregiving community called Piccolo Universe; in that same year, the father of twin boys authored a children’s book, “Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars,” published in Spanish with the title “Santiago el soñador entre las estrellas.” “At the Ricky Martin Foundation, we work in partnerships. Understanding that humans need to work together and in solidarity with communities is essential to social justice,” he said. And now is the time for this solidarity in effecting continued change, he says. “Children are not the future, they are the present. HIP is a powerful platform that unites forces on behalf of vulnerable communities,” he added. “Together we change history.”

“Understanding that humans need to work together and in solidarity with communities is essential to social justice.”


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Lin-Manuel Miranda MACARTHUR ‘GENIUS’ AND TONY AWARD-WINNING ‘HAMILTON’ MEGA STAR

I give through storytelling.

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STORIES AND MUSIC DELIVER HIS MESSAGE OF DIVERSITY

t’s not every Broadway star that reaches pop culture icon status. But Lin-Manuel Miranda’s knack for rhymes, talent for diverse storytelling, and bold social activism have made him a household name. In 2008 when he was just 28, Miranda exploded onto the Broadway scene with his first musical, “In the Heights.” A love letter to Manhattan’s predominantly Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, “In the Heights” featured bilingual music, Latino characters whose stories had depth, and diverse talent. It was nominated for a Pulitzer and won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical. But that success was eclipsed seven years later by his most tremendous achievement to date: “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Catchy hip-hop lyrics and a talented cast of primarily African American and Latino actors may seem like unlikely ingredients for a musical rendition of the life of Alexander Hamilton, the founding father who became the first U.S. Treasury Secretary. But Miranda saw the quintessential immigrant story in Hamilton, a penniless newcomer from the West Indies who greatly overcame his circumstances, and whose face graces our $10 bill. By casting actors of color (including himself as the titular hero), Miranda gave a meaningful nod to individuals of all backgrounds who make this country great. A 2015 MacArthur Foundation “genius” award recipient, Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize and many other accolades for “Hamilton.” The play became a smash hit that dominated the 2016 Tony Awards, with a recordbreaking 16 nominations and 11 wins. Among Miranda’s

most vocal fans are former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama. Miranda has performed at the White House on more than one occasion. Miranda describes himself as a lifelong composer, playwright, and actor. As the son of another 2017 HIPGiver (New York political advisor Luis A. Miranda Jr., page 56), it is no surprise that he credits his family and his upbringing for inspiring his love of the arts and his giving spirit. “My parents were always deeply entrenched in our community,” he said, referring to the predominantly Latino community in far uptown Manhattan where he was raised. He added, “I learned everything from them (...) I see it as my job to give back to the community that raised me, and the Latino community at large.” Miranda considers his greatest “give” to be his storytelling. “I tell stories. In doing so, I create roles for actors and other storytellers,” he said. Indeed, his plays have expanded starring role opportunities for people of color and send the message that our stories are worth telling. He also supports community causes. He raised over $2 million for charities, such as the New York-based Hispanic Federation, by organizing online raffles (with the prize being “Hamilton” tickets, of course). During the 2016 presidential campaign, he championed Latino voter participation with clever videos featuring his own spoken word poems. In addition to Caribbean roots, he has at least one other thing in common with Hamilton, as described in his lyrics: “The man is nonstop”– and shows no signs of slowing down.

“I tell stories. In doing so, I create roles for actors and other storytellers.”


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Luis A. Miranda, Jr. FOUNDING PARTNER, THE MIRRAM GROUP

I have spent my adult life creating and serving institutions that foster economic development and artistic opportunity throughout the country.

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uis A. Miranda, Jr. seized opportunities to help New Yorkers early on and has transformed his focus on minority health, social service and art programming challenges into a lifelong passion. “I had basically nothing when I arrived,” he recalled. “[Still] I found my community, worked very hard, and built an incredible life here.” Miranda’s resume reads like a generous, creative, impassioned dream – and that’s before you know anything about his personal life. He is a former Chairman of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and founding President of the Hispanic Federation. He worked in management in the New York City Department of Employment, the New York City Board of Education and Aspira of New York. He is the founding partner of The MirRam Group, a government affairs, lobbying and political consulting firm. Among other New York political endeavors, Miranda worked on teams advising U.S. Senate campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. He helped Letitia James campaign for Public Advocate, and she became the first African American woman elected to citywide office in New York City. Miranda also serves on the The Public Theater and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance boards, among others. “I have spent my adult life creating and serving institutions that foster economic development and

artistic opportunity throughout the country, specifically in Latino communities,” he said. Miranda expressed his belief that people are in charge of their own story and, as long as we keep supporting one another, these stories will be written into the fabric of our communities. “History determines which way the future will go,” Miranda said in a September 2016 NBC News interview. “Without that history, one lives as if one were on quicksand, in a world that has no context.” “We [Latinos] bring so much to the American story and the American dream,” he said, “and it is important to support Latino families, entrepreneurs and artists effectively.” Miranda, who grew up in Puerto Rico, sees his children and grandchildren continue to support their community through business and the arts. He is the father of Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights.” See the younger Miranda’s profile on page 54. “Giving is an important practice that must be taught through example, from generation to generation,” Miranda said. “If you show up, show passion and put a spotlight on what is going on in your community,” he said, “other people will see the importance in what you’re doing and want to be a part of it.”

“Giving is an important practice that must be taught through example from generation to generation.”


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Caine Monroy BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR WITH A CREATIVE STREAK

I give inspiration and hope to all the youth who have been touched and moved by my story.

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here adults may see a disposable storage container, destined to be next week’s recycling, imaginative children see possibility. Caine Monroy was an eight-year-old arcade-lover spending his 2011 summer vacation hanging out at his dad’s East L.A. auto shop. Instead of seeing a cardboard box, he saw a business opportunity. Caine invested his time that summer in building a fully working arcade, complete with a basketball hoop and claw machine—all out of cardboard boxes. A budding entrepreneur with a creative streak, Caine charged $1 for two plays or $2 for the “fun pass,” which allowed for 500 plays. Following that summer, at the age of nine he shot to internet stardom thanks to a short documentary, “Caine’s Arcade.” The video was produced by his first customer, Nirvan Mullick, who happened to be a videographer. Mullick, who stopped by the shop for a car door handle, was blown away by the expansive and intricate cardboard arcade. He opted for the “fun pass.” Mullick was so impressed, that he organized a “flash mob” of hundreds of strangers to surprise Caine, making his day by providing a steady stream of paying customers eager to try out his games. Mullick documented the experience and uploaded the resulting video, “Caine’s Arcade,” to YouTube in 2012, which achieved “viral” status by quickly surpassing over two million views.

Committed to putting his unexpected fame to good use, the Imagination Foundation was established. The foundation’s mission is, in part, to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world. Its flagship program is the Global Cardboard Challenge, which invites kids to create their own cardboard inventions. Hundreds of thousands of children have participated since its inception in 2012, from Switzerland to Sri Lanka. Four years later, “Caine’s Arcade” had been viewed over 10 million times. He has appeared twice on the Yahoo! homepage and has been written up by Forbes five times. Caine has retired from running the arcade, and has now entered high school. However, he remains involved with the foundation and the resulting movement to promote creativity. “Everybody should reach their full potential and be creative with their surroundings,” he said of his efforts to inspire others. He attributes his generosity to his grandfather having taught him at a very young age “that it is better to give than to take.” Fans around the world have high expectations for Caine’s future. They have collectively donated over $240,000 to cover his college expenses through a crowdfunding effort organized by Mullick. For now, though, his priorities are to follow his father’s advice to stay humble, and to keep inspiring kids to be creative and reach their goals.

“Everybody should reach their full potential and be creative with their surroundings.”


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Janet Murguía PRESIDENT AND CEO, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA

I give because: ‘To whom much is given, much will be required.’

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l sol sale para todos. The sun shines for everyone. For Janet Murguía, this is more than a popular adage, it’s a driving affirmation. As President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and former deputy assistant to President Clinton, Murguía has built her career in the middle of the action, and she has done so in a way that allows her to give back. “I came out of law school and went directly into public service,” she said. “Whether it was in Congress on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on a presidential campaign, in education, or at a great American institution like NCLR, it is what I have chosen to do because it aligns with a mission and passion to help others.” Not only is she proud of the more than 10 years she has spent leading NCLR, she is also clearly humbled and inspired by them. “People correlate power and influence,” she said, “But I think we have a responsibility to remind people that we can create our own hallmarks of power in our own communities, and the impact we can make there is immeasurable.” Murguía experienced the effects of this ownership firsthand in her home and community while growing up. “My parents would always remind us of the great opportunities of this country and of the promise of this country, and that there was opportunity if we were determined to find it,” she recalled. Their values were the greatest gift that they could have given us.”

When asked to reflect on the person or event that inspired her to become a natural giver in the first place, in addition to her parents, Murguía mentioned her brother Ramón, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee and former Hispanics in Philanthropy Board Member. “He was the first person from our community, our working class neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, to go to Harvard Law School,” she said. “He came back after graduation and never left, because he wanted to give others the opportunity that he had.” In encouraging others to rally and support each other, she stresses the tangible impacts of giving back to the community. In addition to her work as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs in the White House, she was a Deputy Campaign Manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential ticket and went on in 2001 to work as Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at her alma mater, Kansas University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for both the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the Partnership for a Healthier America and, along with five state governors, on the Board of Achieve, a national K-12 educational reform group. “Nothing inspires more than action,” she said. “Be involved yourself. Be a role model, be a mentor. Everybody has something to give – remind them.”

“...We have a responsibility to remind people that we can create our own hallmarks of power in our own communities, and the impact we can make there is immeasurable.”


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Ana L. Oliveira PRESIDENT & CEO THE NEW YORK WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

I give with a lot of passion.

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hilanthropy harnesses hearts and minds: You invest in people, you invest in possibility, and you invest in the world,” The New York Women’s Foundation leader, Ana L. Oliveira, said. “You control a fundamental thing–the ability to invite and inspire others to shape the world.” These are the values and beliefs that guide Oliveira’s work, values that are rooted in her own experience growing up in Sao Paulo, in what she described as “an incredible community of sharing, with the idea that there’s always room for someone at the table–a paradigm of generosity.” For Oliveira, philanthropy is also a political act, an act of civic engagement. As the Latino community holds increasingly more power, Oliveira sees the need for Latinos to occupy a larger space in philanthropy. She sees Hispanics in Philanthropy as an integral element in this movement since, she said, it is “overtly bringing the importance of philanthropy to the Latino community and the Latino community to philanthropy.” Oliveira has consistently fought to empower and increase the dialogue for those who are often left without a voice–mainly women and people of color, through her earlier work in helping to set up the Lincoln Hospital Acupuncture Center and as Executive Director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, both in New York City, where she also had obtained a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the New School for Social Research.  

She recognized early the power of collaborating with communities and individuals to appropriately serve their needs. “I had been working in direct service and policy for a long time,” she recalled. “When you are on that side, you really get how important it is to be able to have access to resources that are helpful, strategic, and supportive.” Nowadays, she uses her experience in direct service to women and underserved populations to strategically focus her foundation’s philanthropy. Since its inception in 1987, The New York Women’s Foundation has disbursed $51 million and in 2015 alone, Oliveira oversaw the foundation’s disbursement of $6 million to invest in communities and possibility. “What gets funded shapes the world,” she said. “The power of owning philanthropic resources is a power of shaping community lives and creating the world which you want to see.” She also understands the increasing need for financial resources and the generosity of Latino communities that have long contributed their time, energy and money to help others. “Even though philanthropy isn’t the first word they would use, we work to reclaim it as an act that has belonged to many, regardless of financial tier,” she said. “Latinos give generously with resources, but also share an enormous amount of passion and resilience in the world,” Oliveira added. “... We give warmth, we give possibility for people – it’s a different approach.”

“What gets funded shapes the world. The power of owning philanthropic resources is a power of shaping community lives and creating the world which you want to see.”


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Marisa Aurora Quiroz SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

I give because giving matters.

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arisa Aurora Quiroz builds movements. From the barrio to the boardroom, she was born to lead. She has mastered the art of giving from the heart, and has led a life of service. It’s in her blood, and it flows like the river near her home in the San Diego – Tijuana region – which no border can contain. “Giving comes naturally to me,” she said, “because I grew up with it. We took care of each other, looked out for one another. My grandmother, Aurora Adela Marquez, instilled in us global awareness – a collective sense of we, not just me. Even though we didn’t call it philanthropy, we were living out these values everyday.” A family sense of the collective we has led Marisa to invest her time and energy to directly impact the Latino community. “Latinos are underrepresented within philanthropy, not because we aren’t givers,” she said, “but because the way we give is not counted. HIP’s mission is changing that.” When told that ‘Latino’s don’t give,’ she co-founded The Latina Giving Circle, a community of women who want to uplift, celebrate and share the philanthropic traditions and values of the Latino community. Her wide-ranging contributions include serving as a public member of the California Structural Pest Control Board and the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute Advisory Board. She also serves on the national boards of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Kindle Project, and the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission’s Citizens Forum.

“I think it’s incredibly important to not assume, because people are not practicing traditional philanthropy, that it’s not happening,” she said. “Communities move to their own beats. There are unseen ecosystems within neighborhoods – relationships, bonds, sharing.” Quiroz views communities with the studied eye of a nonprofit professional who has specialized in the environment. The International Community Foundation, her current institution, promotes funding for nonprofits and causes in Latin America. She’s working to conserve extraordinary places like Laguna San Ignacio, one of the last remaining nursing grounds of the gray whale in Baja, Mexico. She previously worked for The San Diego Foundation and also organized and supported outdoor experiences for refugee and immigrant youth. Quiroz graduated with a bachelor’s from Mills College, in Oakland, California, and a master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. To top off the many ways Quiroz gives, she is also a certified massage therapist and health educator, who also is specially trained to accompany women and their partners through childbirth. Quiroz’ passion is organic and authentic. “I like being around people because I pick up on their energy and passion, and I like being part of a community,” Quiroz told The San Diego UnionTribune in a 2013 interview. “I’m really fueled by love.”

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Tim Rios SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, WELLS FARGO

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ou know the way corals are formed? Like microorganisms piling up on each other – it’s kind of like a pileup of many conversations and experiences.” This is how Tim Rios describes the most impactful gift he’s ever received, and the most important gift he is focused on giving back. For a man whose career has been dedicated to community development and philanthropy, the gifts that have most guided and affected his life have been “countless hours of time, countless examples of advice and mentorship and the gift of enlightening conversations.” He is more likely to meet with a young person than a mayor because the value of giving – guidance, mentorship and conversation – is so important to him, Rios said. And when you hear his story, it makes absolute sense. Rios, whose family came to the U.S. from Mexico in the early ‘80s, is one of six siblings and has grown and flourished largely due to the threads of guidance, support and mentorship woven throughout his life. He recalled that his family could barely make ends meet when they arrived, and they benefited greatly from the generosity and guidance of others. “I’m sure, if I thought hard enough, I could highlight five or six conversations...” he said, but he prefers to think of it as a body of conversations, of the time “people have spent with me as mentors… to show me something different than I thought was the truth.”

His mother, he says, was also a key proponent in shaping his sense of generosity. Although they were low–income, Rios’ mother was never low on resources for them. “She was our financier, our bank, there are six of us in the family so when we needed money for school, we went to the bank of Maria Rios – she was very generous.” Now, living in California’s Central Valley, Rios has put generosity front and center in his life. He’s built a career out of it, leading Wells Fargo in its philanthropic endeavors. Three years ago, he and his wife founded the Aspire Fund, which has a strong focus on education, youth and job creation. “It’s kind of like the fund of last resort” he said, funding important issues that are “really great, but not shiny and cool to others.” And now, he’s created the first giving circle within the Central Valley, having found that many people want to give but simply don’t know where to start. With the help of the Latino Community Foundation, they raised 15K in just six days to start the initiative. “I think that, in terms of the work of HIP and others, it’s demystifying what it means to be philanthropic – and creating some starting points for people who want to get more involved,” Rios said. He is a leading force for good in his own community – gathering and empowering others to give, all the while following the coral example of building bit by bit, with determination, time, advice and mentorship.

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Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

I try to give of my time, my talent and my treasure.

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s far as Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez can see, generosity and kindness are all around us. The attorney, former journalist, and current Regional Development Director of Catholic Relief Services views giving as a natural human imperative. “I write a blog called ‘Adventures in Kindness,’ ” she said, “because I’m always looking for it, I always see it, and I’m always receiving it.” This perspective has led Rivas-Vázquez down a prolific career in philanthropy that has included positions as Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Hispanics in Philanthropy, Vice President of Development and External Relations at St. Thomas University, Associate Head for Advancement at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, and Director of Development at the Dade Community Foundation (now The Miami Foundation). She also serves on the Board of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, in the Miami area, where she lives. Rivas-Vázquez’s family emigrated from Cuba right before she was born, and generosity was part of the fabric of her upbringing. “In terms of inspiration, my grandparents inspired me,” she said, “My grandmother always helped others and participated in the United Way. My grandfather was a doctor who made house calls. Both my mother and father helped others, too.” She also emphasized the distinction between giving and publicly discussing one’s philanthropy.

“I think that it’s very interesting that there are always cultural idiosyncrasies with different groups. There’s no generosity gene, but I do think that cultures and groups have certain values that can define them or influence what they do,” she said. “And I think, with Latinos, we don’t generally like to talk about what we do. Giving is such a part of who we are.” Rivas-Vázquez said that her own philanthropy has been inspired by Hispanics in Philanthropy. “HIP’s work and my professional career are very linked,” she said. “HIP has been an example, a source of inspiration, a place where I have connected with others and learned” At every turn, Rivas-Vázquez has been driven to give back and urge her fellow philanthropists to engage and contribute to the Latino community. “When fundraising works at its best,” she said, “I’m presenting an opportunity to someone and helping them to do something in line with their values that fulfills them. I’m helping them ... “The bottom line is that there’s a demographic imperative. When you look where money comes from, the largest piece of that pie comes from individuals,” she said. “Do the math: There’s a demographic imperative to engage Latinos.” “Giving is all about connection,” she added, “and connection is so important. I think about holding hands with someone. When you’re holding onto someone’s hand, it gives you a sense of calm ... It reassures you.”

“Do the math: There’s a demographic imperative to engage Latinos.”


“HIP’S WORK AND MY LATINO GIVING IS ALL ONE BIG STORY — I WAS THERE FROM THE BEGINNING. IT WEAVES TOGETHER. HIP HAS BEEN MY FAMILY AND MY PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT NETWORK.”

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Aida Rodriguez, PhD

PROFESSOR OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, MILANO SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, MANAGEMENT, AND URBAN POLICY AT THE NEW SCHOOL

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t’s not every day you meet someone like Aida Rodriguez. She’s not your typical professor, your typical philanthropoid, or your typical mentor. She is groundbreaking, impactful and intentional. While growing up in New York City, Rodriguez recalled, she realized that, as a U.S.-born Latina, she’d have to fight for opportunities that might otherwise fall onto the laps of those who were economically privileged. Rodriguez initially joined the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) in 1983 as a part-time Research Associate, after completing her doctoral courses. She coupled the RF responsibilities with a second part-time job as a New York City Board of Education evaluation consultant, while completing her doctoral exams and dissertation. After 15 years at Rockefeller, she left as the Deputy Director of the Foundation’s urban public policy and social justice programs, to become a full-time Professor and Chair of the graduate management programs at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School, in New York City. Rodriguez used her smarts, passion and resilience, while advocating for Latinos throughout her career. “I give because I feel like we have to fight, and I give to try to win that fight,” said Rodriguez, a longtime Hispanics in Philanthropy collaborator, who is a former member of its Board of Directors. The child of a Cuban father and Puerto Rican mother, Rodriguez grew up in low-income communities and worked to get a full scholarship at Princeton University,

where she studied with future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. They belonged to a very small, very exclusive and very bright group: Princeton’s first Latino students. Rodriguez graduated with honors in 1976 and received her Ph.D. in sociology at UMass Amherst. ”None of this was easy. I don’t know how I did it!” she said. “I think I was motived by the need to make change. In my early work at Rockefeller, I realized someone has zillions of dollars, and someone is giving it away – it might as well be me.” As a self-described program evaluator, professor, change agent, and caretaker, Rodriguez has built a community of givers around her with strong family support, including her Puerto Rican husband of more than 40 years, two grown children and an extended family in New York, Puerto Rico and Cuba. “My father was extremely giving in terms of wisdom, time and energy,” she said. “... He taught me the importance of not judging people but always being aware of who they are – accepting people for who they are until they show you otherwise, which was very inspirational to me.” In 2003, she helped inspire some of HIP’s most foundational work, for which she became co-recipient of the Council on Foundations Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. “HIP’s work and my Latino giving is all one big story; I was there from the beginning. It weaves together,” she said. “HIP has been my family and my professional support network. I could not have survived philanthropy without it.”


“I WANTED TO GIVE THEM A BETTER PRESENT IN ORDER TO ATTAIN A BRIGHTER FUTURE.”

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Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes FOUNDER, LOS PATOJOS

I give my life so that others can also live with dignity.

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uatemala is a tough place to be a kid. The fastest growing country and primary recipient of U.S. remittances in Central America is also one of the hemisphere’s poorest nations, where nearly half of the children under five years old suffer from chronic malnutrition. Gangs and homicides make day-to-day life perilous both in and out of school. More than a third of the Central American unaccompanied minors detained at the U.S. border started their journey in Guatemala. Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, who describes himself as a self-taught educator and social activist, decided to help as many children as he could. The young teacher was born during the civil war that ended in 1996 and grew up with political instability, gang and drug crimes as the norm, in Jocotenango, in southcentral Guatemala, about 35 miles from the capital. About 10 years ago, when he was 23, he obtained his family’s permission to use part of their home to create a safe space for young children to learn about art, music and culture, preparing them for academic success and life. From that humble beginning, Romero Fuentes and a team of about a dozen collaborators grew the educational, nutrition and health program into the multisite Los Patojos nonprofit with local funders and support from Just World International and the Give Kids a Chance Foundation, which is a global group of equestrian funders. Patojos is used in some Latin American countries as a term for youngsters, or kids, and the nonprofit has helped more than 1,000.

“Children and youths get involved and participate in graphic arts, journalism, ballet, break dance, photography, juggling, music and theater activities,” according to the Spanish website for the nonprofit, which serves children from three to 18 years of age. “Through this, their self-confidence, sense of security and hope in a better future grow or often are born.” Romero Fuentes, who is very thankful to his grandmother and his parents for their early guidance and support for his life’s work, was selected as a CNN Hero in 2014. “In a violent country, the only weapon we can have is love,” he told CNN in an interview. “These kids are already powerful, but they don’t know that yet.” Romero Fuentes, who was working on establishing the nonprofit’s second community center in late 2016, said he particularly appreciates the international exposure that Hispanics in Philanthropy has provided to Los Patojos. “It makes us feel like a part of the diverse, global community by the opportunity to convert what was invisible into visible, to help us showcase our processes,” he said. “We hadn’t been able to become integrated or share them due to the lack of resources. “From the HIP platform,” he added, “we can finally be seen and be part of the Latin American processes of hope, reconstruction and dignity.” Romero Fuentes is making incredible strides toward changing the lives of children in Guatemala, and the waves of his work are being felt far and wide, both nationally and globally.


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Karla Souza TV AND MOVIE ACTOR

I give selfishly, knowing I will be blessed in giving.

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hether playing the big-screen subject of a socialite family in “Nosotros los Nobles,” or a cool and calculating small-screen attorney, actor Karla Souza is on a mission to counter stereotypes that harm how Latinas and Latinos are perceived. Poised to rise to the highest levels of stardom, Souza has risen due to her own determination and hard work, and has relied on her values the entire way. “I am fully committing to shift people’s perception of Latinos through the work I choose to do,” she said. Hers is a “career devoted to rejecting potential acting roles that depict Latinos in a stereotypical and limiting way, even if at times it means not having a job,” Souza said. Souza, who was born in Mexico City to a Chilean father and Mexican mother, learned acting in France and England. Since then, she has climbed to prominence through telenovelas, primetime TV series and movies in the U.S. and Mexico. “Having been in the three highest grossing films in Mexican history has allowed me to shape the way stories are told about our complex and diverse Latino community in film”, said Souza, who plays a prosecutor as an original cast member of the hit ABC drama, “How to Get Away with Murder.” Promoting a strong Latino narrative is just one way that she gives back. As a firm believer that art can serve as ammunition to foster change, she has co-founded Ammunition Theatre, also called Ammo, in Southern California. The theater company, which seeks to

“reflect the diverse, evolving identity of America,” is fiscally sponsored by the Pasadena Arts Council. “Our community outreach and activism is a pillar of our company,” Souza said. “We serve at My Friends place (homeless youth center) every Monday doing workshops. We won Partner of the Year, further encouraging us to pursue activism through art. “ Her other ammunition? Anger. If used correctly, Souza said, it creates theatrical energy. “Actors use anything and everything in our lives to fuel our characters’ actions,” she said. “What fires you up? That’s your give. “This includes taking your talents and putting them to work, finding people that you admire who are ‘giving,’ and being humble enough to ask for help and advice,” she added. Her fire has also brought her to the TedX stage, where she joined the ranks of powerful voices using the TED nonprofit platform of storytelling. In her talk “Sweet Are the Fruits of Adversity,” she  extolls the virtues of success through hard work. She discusses the lessons learned from her family stories and the importance of taking advantage of the gift of her education. Whether on stage, on the movie screen or in her personal life, Souza is a major contributor to the changing narrative of Latino strength. “Thanks to the work that HIP has done, I feel strengthened and encouraged as a Latina living in the U.S.A.,” she said, adding that her goal is to motivate others join her in continuing to change this very narrative.

“I am fully committing to shift people’s perception of Latinos through the work I choose to do.”


“I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT THEY ARE STARS AND CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITY IN THEIR OWN WAYS,” SHE SAID. “WHAT’S THE POINT OF MY LIFE IF ALL THE STUFF I’VE LEARNED AND DONE CAN’T BE SHARED WITH OTHERS?”

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Candy Torres ‘TECHNORICAN’ SPACE ENGINEER AND ENTREPRENEUR

I give tools to help people achieve their goals.

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SPACE SCIENTIST INSPIRES POSSIBILITIES FOR OTHERS

n her desk, Candy Torres has a small piggy bank, shaped like an observatory, with the label “ob-save-atory” across the front. It’s a poignant reminder of the multifaceted accomplishments and contributions of this high–tech Puerto Rican, who aptly calls herself the Technorican. Her career has been a patchwork ob-save-atory of dreams and goals. She accomplished her dream of a space industry career and uses her own piggy bank of experience to teach others to unlock their fullest potential. Torres – a highly accomplished engineer at NASA, an artist and a fencer – believes that she can do anything she sets her mind to do. She learned to fly an airplane at age 15 and eventually earned a pilot’s license. Her parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York in the late 1920s. The future space engineer was born in Manhattan and lived in a Bronx housing project until she was six, when her family moved to New Jersey. She grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. “It was early in the Space Age, and no one in my family or neighbors knew anything about jobs in science. It was not yet time for an American woman to be an astronaut, anyway,” she said, recalling how people urged her to lower her expectations to protect her from disappointment. Her parents encouraged Torres’ determination and learning, but her inspiration came unexpectedly from the television and Leonardo da Vinci. By watching TV science fiction, the youngster saw worlds of possibilities outside her surroundings.

Da Vinci’s works as an engineer, scientist, artist, and thinker showed her to “not be afraid to try something that hadn’t been done before.” “It was because of Da Vinci that I became a maker,” she said. After graduating in 1976 from Douglass College – Rutgers University, Torres was hired immediately at nearby Princeton University’s Astrophysics Department. She was a data analyst and computer support for astrophysicists working on the first successful space observatory. They worked in a building that looked to her strikingly like the ob-save-atory. In 1984, she joined the NASA-Johnson Space Center team that would computerize space operations in the Mission Control Center during the Space Shuttle Program. Torres later worked creating a long-term space habitation database and as a flight controller for the International Space Station crew. Torres more recently has been writing an autobiography and developing her public speaking business around her experiences in aviation, astrophysics, space exploration, 3D printing, and other technologies. She volunteers at her local library’s Innovation Lab, speaks to community groups and teaches others to shine brightly. Like HIP, she encourages others to dream big by modeling leadership and promoting community building, while asking them to share their stories. She knows that everything in the universe is made from star material.


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Sonya Ulibarri CEO, GIRLS INC. OF METRO DENVER

I give to help build the kind of community and world I want to live in now and in the future.

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hen your life’s work is dedicated to empowering others, asking young girls to be strong, smart and bold resonates as more than a tagline. For Sonya Ulibarri, CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, those words have inspired her community through a continuous commitment to giving. Raised in Denver by a first-generation Mexican and ninth-generation Coloradan, a spirit of giving was part of her home life. Her family saw wealth as more than the numbers in a bank account; Ulibarri recounts a story of her father giving away his car at work to someone who needed it more. “When someone died or a baby was born, we would come together; by providing meals, offering a place to stay, or volunteering – those weren’t things they calculated on a tax form, they were part of being in community with others,” Ulibarri said of her parents. These values led to her student activism, involvement in community organizations, and leadership as Executive Director of both the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and YouthBiz in Denver, before starting her tenure at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. “In order to be successful, I had to be authentic to who I was and that was tied to working in communities of color,” Ulibarri said. “It’s where I can give and grow the most, which fuels the work that I do.” While activism and giving have always been prominent themes in her life, Ulibarri’s career actually started in

fundraising. After a professor showed her a pamphlet for a paid internship at GIFT, she applied, got the position, and eventually moved up to lead the organization. It was through the internship that she first grew to believe in the need for good fundraising as a tool for social change. “[Fundraising] became something powerful to me as a community activist, and I started to understand that we have to be good at raising money to create change and organize people.” Ulibarri also acknowledged the role that mentors have played in her life and said that she believes the real value of her work is in the mentorship and empowerment that Girls Inc. of Metro Denver provides to over 2,200 girls yearly. “Having other people invest in me, believe in me, be willing to share knowledge with me and create opportunities for me to continue to grow – is something that you can’t put a monetary value on,” she said. As a HIPGiver, Ulibarri sees her work aligned with HIP’s record of showing that philanthropy and giving belong where they have not always been formally recognized. “In my work, I get to advocate for girls’ rights, I get to oversee the delivery of programs that empower them to be strong, smart and bold,” Ulibarri said. “I get to be active in my community by creating positive change not just for girls, but for families and communities as a whole. I get to see girls shift things for all those around them.”

“In order to be successful, I had to be authentic to who I was and that was tied to working in communities of color. It’s where I can give and grow the most, which fuels the work that I do.”


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Arturo Vargas EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NALEO AND THE NALEO EDUCATIONAL FUND

I give because I can.

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NALEO CHIEF LEADS BY EXAMPLE IN GIVING BACK

hen Arturo Vargas thinks about giving, time is always on his mind. “Everyone has time; how you use that is more valuable than money.  Once you give time, you can’t get it back,” he said. “Money is a luxury, and how people choose to use that luxury is a mark of character, but not everyone has the luxury of disposable income.” This deeply personal perspective is inspired by generosity he saw close to home, growing up in Los Angeles, in a family of seven. “The government would have classified us as being below the poverty line, but we didn’t know we were poor,” Vargas said, pointing to his father’s example for his own giving “My father never said no to an ask when someone wanted help,” he said. “In his final years, as a senior citizen on a fixed income, he was very moved by global tragedies and suffering. He gave to tsunami relief. But he would not have considered himself a giver or a philanthropist.” The younger Vargas, who is now the Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, gives back to causes that resonate with his roots, coming full circle. At his wedding last year, in lieu of a gift registry, guests were asked to make donations to two organizations chosen by Vargas and his husband: the Los Angeles LGBT Center

and Project Angel Food, which supports individuals suffering from terminal illness by providing them with homemade food.  “Nothing compares to the value of the personal time you invest in causes and community,” he said. In fact, the most valuable gift Vargas has received has been the gift of personal time. Vargas said that a sabbatical sponsored by the Durfee Foundation gave him the time he needed to focus on and invest in his family, his relationships, and himself. This continues to keep him grounded and focused through each election cycle, as he paves the way for Latino leaders to positively influence their communities. In his professional roles, Vargas said he believes that Latinos give as much as and more often than others do, without considering themselves philanthropists. With time and leading by example, he added, Latinos can affect positive change in their own communities.  As Hispanics in Philanthropy’s more than 30 years building institutional infrastructure, leadership and capacity runs parallel to the story of his own professional journey, he sees it telling a larger story about the growth of the U.S. Latino community, which now has more than 55 million people or nearly one in six people in the U.S. “We need to continue building institutions and leadership,” said Vargas, who works day in and day out to integrate Latino leadership into the political DNA of the United States.

“Everyone has time; how you use that is more valuable than money. Once you give time, you can’t get it back.”


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Diana Campoamor PRESIDENT, HISPANICS IN PHILANTHROPY

THE HIPEST LEADER If Hispanics in Philanthropy President Diana Campoamor is ever heard to boast, it is to praise the HIP Team’s accomplishments, never for herself individually. So the HIP staff has conspired to secretly insert this HIPGiver profile to honor her generous contributions.

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hen the Hispanics in Philanthropy Board hired Diana Campoamor more than 25 years ago, its members believed that her entrepreneurial skills and funding expertise held great promise for the small nonprofit advocacy group, which did not even have enough money in its yearly budget to pay her salary. The Board saw how the HIP President – who plans to retire in June 2017 – was determined to diversify American philanthropy and empower it to more effectively tackle the challenges of poverty and neglected playing fields sown with bias. From a small office at the University of California, Berkeley, Campoamor relied on students and new graduates to raise money and develop paths to equity and leadership for Latinos and other minorities.

“She was in a sense a visionary in that regard,” said Julia Lopez, the College Futures Foundation President and CEO, who praised Campoamor as a diversity pioneer. Lopez also recalled HIP’s creation of the Funders’ Collaborative for Stronger Latino Communities as a strategy to help link foundations with U.S. Latino communities. “Her impact on the sector has been profound ...” said Wenda Weekes-Moore, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee and a former member of the Minnesota Board of Regents and the HIP Board. “She served longer than many CEOs of Foundations ... [which] has allowed her to truly be a leader and have that consistent voice.” “She’s smart, she’s savvy and strategic in her thinking, and all of that is wrapped up in her charming persona,” WeekesMoore added. CONTINUED...


“DIANA IS LEAVING A LEGACY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION AT HIP - HERS WILL BE HARD SHOES TO FILL.” ANA MARIE ARGILAGOS FORD FOUNDATION

... CONTINUED Under Campoamor’s leadership and with strong Board support, HIP grew into a transnational network of funders, published seminal works in the field of funding for minority communities, and created the cutting-edge fundraising platform, HIPGive.org, while building a pipeline of Latinos into U.S. philanthropic leadership. It has raised more than $45 million, joining the National Council of La Raza, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund among the biggest Latino nonprofit fundraisers in the country. And, as a diversity trailblazer, she raised the profile of philanthropic affinity groups. “She understood that building an echo chamber would be limited in effectiveness, that we had to work across communities of color,” said Ana Marie Argilagos, the Ford Foundation Senior Advisor, Equitable Development, and a HIP Board member. “She also got that transnational work would be incredibly important early on. I know it was at times a difficult slog ...” “But she is a force of nature and does not let obstacles stand in her way,” Argilagos added. “She has persevered. She is very inspiring.”

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Over the past couple of years, HIP expanded its transnational footprint by incorporating HIP Latinoamérica in Mexico, taking on major projects around human trafficking and human rights, and promoting closer ties between U.S. philanthropy and her native Cuba. But it’s really about the people who are reached and empowered, Campoamor will tell you. The editor of the anthology “Nuevos Senderos: Reflections on Hispanics and Philanthropy,” also takes time to mentor young leaders and quietly invests from her own assets in HIP and a multitude of other organizations. She has served on the boards of, among others, the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region. “Diana put Hispanics in Philanthropy on the map,” said Linda Griego, a Los Angeles businesswoman and Lucile & David Packard Foundation Trustee. “She is an amazing leader, who has been a passionate and determined voice for Latinos in the philanthropic sector. Our community is in a better place as a result.”  Indeed, the HIP staff considers her our Philanthropist in Chief, and we wish her great success as she continues to inspire future donors and HIPGivers to flourish as the givers that they are.


DIANA CAMPOAMOR, PRESIDENT, HISPANICS IN PHILANTHROPY

“DIANA GIVES OF HERSELF FULLY WITH AN INIMITABLE COMBINATION OF PASSION, COMPASSION, BRILLIANCE AND STYLE. AND HER MINDSET IS ALWAYS ONE OF CONNECTION AND ABUNDANCE. SHE IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL HIPGIVER.” ANA GLORIA RIVAS-VÁZQUEZ CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES & FORMER HIP VP

“DIANA GIVES BECAUSE SHE LOVES PEOPLE AND HER COMMUNITY.” LUZ VEGA-MARQUIS, MARGUERITE CASEY FOUNDATION

“DIANA GIVES LEADERSHIP, VISION, AND VOICE TO LATINO LEADERS AND COMMUNITIES.” JOYCE LEE, MARGUERITE CASEY FOUNDATION

“DIANA GIVES INSPIRATION AND VISION TO AND FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY.” GABRIELLA GOMEZ, GATES FOUNDATION


HIP SPONSORS


HIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS NELSON I. COLÓN CHAIR

PRESIDENT Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico

SANDRA L. VARGAS SECRETARY

FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO Minneapolis Foundation

JOYCE LEE TREASURER

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Marguerite Casey Foundation

MIGUEL BUSTOS

AT-LARGE OFFICER

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT  COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND OUTREACH REGIONAL DIRECTOR Wells Fargo

CYNTHIA RIVERA WEISSBLUM AT-LARGE OFFICER

PRESIDENT AND CEO Edwin Gould Foundation

MARY SKELTON ROBERTS AT-LARGE OFFICER

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, CLIMATE Barr Foundation

DIANA CAMPOAMOR PRESIDENT

HISPANICS IN PHILANTHROPY


DIRECTORS ANA MARIE ARGILAGOS

SENIOR ADVISOR, EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT Ford Foundation

JENNIFER CHAVEZ RUBIO

SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT Medtronic

BEATRIZ MARIA SOLÍS DIRECTOR

Healthy Communities, South Region The California Endowment

TARA MCKENZIE SANDERCOCK

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FOUNDATION & COMMUNITY RELATIONS The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

RAFAEL CORTÉS DAPENA PRESIDENT Fundación Ángel Ramos

ROY COSME

RUI MESQUITA CORDEIRO DIRECTOR OF LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN PROGRAMS W.K. Kellogg Foundation

PRESIDENT Arcos Communications

RONALD B. RICHARD EFRAIN ESCOBEDO

VICE PRESIDENT, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY California Community Foundation

PRESIDENT AND CEO Cleveland Foundation

EMERITUS MEMBERS

MARCUS R. ESCOBEDO

ELISA ARÉVALO

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER The John A. Hartford Foundation

VICE PRESIDENT AND LATINO REMITTANCE  ACQUISITION MARKETING MANAGER Wells Fargo

GABRIELLA GOMEZ

HERMAN GALLEGOS

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POSTSECONDARY POLICY AND ADVOCACY Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

RETIRED CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION DIRECTOR

LUZ VEGA-MARQUIS DEBRA JOY PÉREZ

CHIEF OFFICER FOR MEASUREMENT, EVALUATION, AND LEARNING Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

PRESIDENT AND CEO Marguerite Casey Foundation


HIP STAFF DIANA CAMPOAMOR PRESIDENT

GRACIA GOYA

STEPHANIE RUIZ

COORDINATOR TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 

VICE PRESIDENT, U.S. AND TRANSNATIONAL PROGRAMS

FATIMA DURAN

ALEXANDRA AQUINO-FIKE

MARCELA BUZO

REBECCA ENGLISH

MONTY ALCOTT

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT 

MANAGER OF GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP 

DANIELLE SHERMAN

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

TANIA DURÁN

DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAM MANAGER NORTH CAROLINA

DANA PRESTON

PROGRAM MANAGER GENDER FOCUSED INITIATIVES

ANDREA PÉREZ

HIPGIVE PROJECT AND MARKETING MANAGER 

ELANNA MARINIELLO PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE 

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

PROGRAM ASSISTANT 

HIP DEVELOPMENT FELLOW

HIPGIVERS EDITORIAL TEAM PROJECT MANAGEMENT

GRACIA GOYA

VICE PRESIDENT, U.S. AND TRANSNATIONAL PROGRAMS EDITOR AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

ELANNA MARINIELLO PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE

HIP ORGANIZATIONAL CONTENT

MICHAEL GONZALEZ KATHERINE MANCERA WRITERS

LEARNING AND OUTREACH LEAD FOR HIPGIVE 

ERIN GINDER-SHAW ALEX PARKER-GUERRERO ANNE HAND DANIEL MALAMENT DANA PRESTON DANIELLE SHERMAN

MICHAEL GONZALEZ

DESIGN

KATHERINE MANCERA SENIOR WRITER

ANITA GALLAGHER

TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR

CARLOS CAMPOS STAFF ACCOUNTANT

MIREILLE POSSE

PROGRAM MANAGER, MEXICO INITIATIVES

SERGIO A. RUIZ CARRERA sergio@howdesign.mx


“I HAVE FOUND THAT AMONG ITS OTHER BENEFITS, GIVING LIBERATES THE SOUL OF THE GIVER.” MAYA ANGELOU



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