Hispanic philanthropy is driven by a sense of connection to la Comunidad - a network of friends, neighbors, and the broader Hispanic community. A study conducted by our Foundation found that Latinos greatly under-report their volunteer activity. For Hispanics who volunteered, the number of hours spent volunteering each month was highest among all ethnic groups studied. However, Latinos do not yet have a leadership role in the region’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
To address the leadership gap and to better understand the level of Latino board leadership needs of Silicon Valley nonprofits, we have been working with professional associations and nonprofit leaders. While 85% of organizations who participated in a survey indicated that their organizations want greater Hispanic representation on their boards, 65% reported difficulty in recruiting from this segment of the population.
Working with our partners, we developed the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA), a comprehensive program designed to recruit and train Latinos to serve as potential board members, and match them with boards of non-profit organizations whose missions best match their personal interests. The focus on Latino professionals, combined with the purposeful implementation of comprehensive follow-up, differentiates the LBLA from other community leadership development initiatives. Our Partners include Center for Excellence in Nonprofits; CompassPoint; Notre Dame de Namur University; 4C Council of Santa Clara County, Inc.; and University of Phoenix.