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									           2007
           2007-2008
           nnual
          annual Report


Latin American Coalition
      17 years of serving the community…

Resolving emergencies
The Latin American Coalition opens its doors to all who require assistance, providing support
and relief. We turn no one away and seek solutions on behalf of families in crisis facing language,
economic, education and cultural barriers. As Charlotte’s oldest and largest Hispanic service
                                                                                          need.
agency, the Latin American Coalition is the first point of contact for Latino families in need




                              Empowering Families
                                                             offers                              tino
                              The Latin American Coalition offer a wide array of programs to Latino families to ensure their
                              adjustment and integration into the Charlotte community. Whether helping to secure an
                                    level                          teaching
                              entry-level job or advance a career, teach English or continuing adult education, assisting in
                                                                  start-up
                              the purchase of a first home or the start of a small business, the Latin American Coalition
                              champions the American dream on behalf of immigrants.




                                                   Seeking justice
   The Latin American Coalition serves as a liaison for Latinos who are victims of fraud and
                                           help
     unscrupulous business practices. We hel Latino families recuperate unpaid wages and
                                 omplaints
   personal property, address complaints of discrimination as well as access affordable legal
                                                      immigrants
services. Through civil rights education we empower immigrant to protect themselves and
                                                                               their families.




                               Building Unity
                               Build
                               Through cultural celebrations, sensitivity trainings, and community forums the Latin American
                               Coalition creates opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to dialogue together, develop
                               common bonds and work alongside one another to build a community which embraces,
                               supports, and respects people of all cultures and backgrounds. Tolerance and strength in
                               diversity are key values we promote.




                                Strengthening voices
 The Latin American Coalition advances the full participation of Latino families in the greater
       Charlotte community and the nation at large. We promote active citizenship, guiding
                                        encouraging
     applicants through naturalization, encourag involvement in the political process, and
                                                                       ultimate
  supporting volunteerism and philanthropy. Civic engagement is the ultimat demonstration
                                                 of a fully integrated immigrant community.

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                                                                                  Contents
                                                                         Table of Contents

                                                                            Resource Center
                                                                                 PAGE 3


                                                                         Educational Programs
   Angeles Ortega-Moore                         Malcom Nightingale               PAGE 4
  Executive Director & CEO                        Board Chair
                                                                          Advocacy Programs
                                                                                 PAGE 5

Dear AMIGOS,
                                                                         Community Celebrations
Since our inception in 1990, the Latin American Coalition has shaped
its work around a fundamental belief in diversity, equity and                    PAGE 6
inclusion- a belief that a community which welcomes and supports
immigrant families will be stronger, safer, and more vibrant as a
result.                                                                       Volunteerism
We continue to envision a Charlotte-Mecklenburg community that
                                     Mecklenburg                                 PAGE 7
embraces, supports, and respects people of all cultures and
backgrounds. This vision is not simply a dream, but a statement of
values that informs how we treat those we serve with dignity and
                                           serve-
                                                                          Become an AMIGO
respect that all people deserve.                                                 PAGE 8

Our belief in diversity and inclusion is further represented in our
name: Latin American Coalition. The organization was initially            2007-
                                                                          2007-2008 Financial
named to reflect the coalition of nationalities uniting to provide
services to all Latin Americans, not just those from a particular
                                           hose                                 Report
country. Eighteen years later we are a coalition of services and high-           PAGE 9
impact collaborations that seek to meet the most critical needs of
Charlotte’s rapidly growing Latino community.
                                                                         Individual & Corporate
The following pages provide a snapshot of the di diverse array of
programs we offer, while highlighting just a few of our valuable               AMIGOS
partnerships with other community agencies. If what you read here
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inspires you to learn more about the Latin American Coalition’s
                                                 and
commitment to making Charlotte a more just an caring community,
please contact us. We invite you to come to our offices, meet our
staff, partner agencies, volunteers, clients and AMIGOs and find out                 Donors
                                                                          Leadership Donors &
how you can become a critical part of this powerful vision.
                                                                              Foundations
Sincerely,
                                                                                PAGE 11
Angeles & Malcom


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Resource
Center
                                                           12,000
In 2007-2008 the Latin American Coalition served more than 12,000
   2007-                                  served
                            Center.
individuals in our Resource Center.
The Latin American Coalition is a primary source for information on many issues
                                                       we
affecting daily life. Beyond orientation and referral, w also provide a critical
safety net for newcomers to our community who need additional support
                                                                  support.                               hanks
                                                                                                      “Thanks to the Latin
Irma, 51, initially came to the Latin American Coalition looking for employment.
Through our job bank she found work that matche her skills and interest. Irma’s
                                              matches                                                American Coalition we
sister Mercedes, 44, then came to the Latin American Coalition to enroll in our
English classes! Like many, Irma and Mercedes were looking for bi-lingual, bi-                       have a reliable support
                                         o
cultural services that they could trust to help them navigate the Charlotte
community. The Latin American Coalition’s Resource Center provides assistance
                                                                                                    system when we need it.”
through information and referral as well as direct support services to help
immigrant families overcome language and cultural b   barriers to reach their full                        Mercedes
                                                                                                         -Mercedes and Irma
potential.




   What our Partners are saying
                                                                                      know
   “The Latin American Coalition serves as a critical resource for families who don’t know where to turn. We are proud to partner with
   the Latin American Coalition to ensure that our community’s most vulnerable have access to the services they need to move out of
                          ,                      CRISIS
   crisis.” CAROL HARDISON, EXECUTIVE DIRCTOR OF CRISI ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES



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Educate
In 2007-2008 the Latin American Coalition served more than 6,000
   2007-                                      served
individuals through our Educational Services.
Most immigrant families arrive in our community in pursuit of the American
dream. Felipe, 30, is no different. He came to the Latin American C Coalition
                                                   house.
wondering how he could go about buying his own house Felipe participated in our
                 omebuyers
HUD-certified homebuyers program which equipped him with the industry
information he needed to be able to choose and finance a home of his own. Like
many clients of the Latin American Coalition, Felipe gained skills that will benefit
him and his children for the rest of his life.
Self-sufficiency and economic independence are the hallmarks of our education
      sufficiency                                                                                   I
                                                                                                   “I bought my own home,
initiatives, empowering immigrant families to move from the difficulties associated
with being newcomers to self-sustaining and productive community life. We
                                sustaining
                                                                                                      thanks to the Latin
provide a variety of educational workshops and classes that covers such topics as                               Coalition
                                                                                                     American Coalition.”
                                           ,
career advancement, continuing education, learning English, starting a small
business, financial literacy and more.                                                                                       -Felipe




  What our Partners are saying:
                                                                                                                       language.
  “The Latin American Coalition has made an enormous difference in the lives of children who speak English as a Second language
  Thanks to their innovative programming, we are able to help kids perform better in school, gain confidence and pass their end of grade
  tests.” RUTH PEREZ, CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER OF CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS



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Advocate
In 2007-2008 the Latin American Coalition served more than 600 individuals
   2007-                                  served
                                          Services.
through our Advocacy & Legal Immigration Services.
                                              check                    he
When Servando, 52, was refused his last paycheck from his supervisor, h turned
to the Latin American Coalition for help recuperating the money he had earned.
Our workforce development program oriented Servando concerning his rights and
                                       ive paycheck.
the appropriate actions to take to receive his paycheck Ultimately, Servando was
able to recover all of the unpaid money he was due.
                                                                                                   “The Latin American
                                                                                                  Coalition showed me how
                                                                                                    to stand up for my
                                                                                                           rights.”
                                                                                                                      -Servando


                                                                                            The Latin American Coalition serves as a
                                                                                            liaison for hundreds of individuals like
                                                                                            Servando who have been victims of fraud
                                                                                            and discrimination. Beyond protecting
                                                                                            victims’ rights, the Latin American
                                                                                            Coalition also seeks to strengthen
                                                                                                       t
                                                                                            immigrant voices through their civic
                                                                                            involvement in our community. To that
                                                                                            end, our advocacy services encompass
                                                                                            Board of Immigration certified
                                                                                            immigration legal assistance, Citizenship
                                                                                            classes and clinics, voter registration
                                                                                            drives, turn out the vote efforts and
                                                                                            leadership development programs to
                                                                                            increase individual and collective civic
                                                                                            engagement.




   What our Partners are saying
                                                                                                                            Through
   “The Latin American Coalition’s advocacy work is filling a critical gap in services for Charlotte’s immigrant community. Thro
          egal
   their legal immigration program and other advocacy initiatives they promote equality and justice.” KEN SCHORR, EXECUTIVE
   DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES OF SOUTHERN PIEDMONT & MEMBER OF THE LATIN AMERICAN COALITION BIA
                                               COUNCIL
   CERTIFIED IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROGRAM ADVISORY COUNC


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CELEBRATE
                                                         30,000
In 2007-2008 the Latin American Coalition reached over 30,000 people from
   2007-
                                                     Celebrations.
Charlotte and surrounding areas through our Cultural Celebrations.
             a
When Camila and her family moved to Charlotte from Bogotá, Colombia, she
looked for a cultural center where she could share the stories and traditions of her
native country with her three small children. She came to the Latin American
                                            activities,
Coalition and learned of our many cultural activities including the weekly bilingual
                                     Connections        Count”),
story hour, Conexiones que Cuentan ("Connections that Count a partnership with
the Mecklenburg County Public Library. Cami and her children enjoyed the
                                           Camila                                                          I
                                                                                                          “I can share my
program so much that she quickly became a lead volunteer, coordinating and
encouraging other families to attend the family culture and literacy program.                            Hispanic cultural
The Latin American Coalition’s cultural activities and festivals are extraordinary
                                                                                                       heritage and traditions
experiences for all who participate, offering oppo
                                               opportunities for Latino families to                      with my children.”
celebrate their heritage and share the tastes and traditions of their home countries
with others. Events like our Latin American Festival, Festival of Souls, or any
number of our country-specific tertulias showcase the col
                                                        colorful, authentic and richly                                        -Camila
diverse sides of Charlotte for all to enjoy.




   What our Partners are saying
    Levine                                                                                                          Muertos
   “Levine Museum of the New South is honored to partner with the Latin American Coalition on the annual Día de los Muertos, Festival
   of Souls. This vibrant program brings together people of diverse backgrounds to celebrate, learn about the richness of Latin cultural
                                                                                         other.”
   traditions in our community and in the process come to understand and appreciate each other
   EMILY ZIMMERN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH


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Volunteer
In 2007-2008 Latin American Coalition volunteers donated more than 2500
   2007-                                         donated
                            service.
hours of time and community service.
Leah Diaz, a junior at Winthrop University, was searching for a place where she
could give back to the community as well as gain experience in her major, Public
Relations. As an American of Mexican and Puerto Rican decent, she also hoped to
reconnect with her cultural background and improve her Spanish language skills.
                                                         Festival,
By working on PR projects for the annual Latin American Festiv Festival of Souls
and individual fund campaign, Leah has made a meaningful contribution to the
organization and the community while enjoying herself in the process
                                                             process.
                                                                                                     “I know I have made a
Volunteers of all backgrounds come to the Latin American Coalition to make a
difference in the Charlotte region. A variety of short or long term volunteer
                                                                                                      difference through my
opportunities are available for both individuals and groups. Our volunteers
                                               s                                                     work at the Coalition.”
                                          rewarding, highly valued and truly
describe their time with us as personally rewar
appreciated.
                                                                                                                                -Leah




  What our Partners are saying
  “The partnership with the Coalition’s Volunteer Services is a valuable resource to our students and faculty where our students can put
  in practice their language skills and acquire professional experience.”
                                   ROFESSOR LANGUAGES                     S
  CARLOS CORIA-SANCHEZ, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE STUDIES DEPARTMENT
  UNC CHARLOTTE


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BECOME AN
AMIGO
The Latin American Coalition’s AMIGO giving campaign has increased
individual giving by more than 200%.


                                                                                                    “I am an AMIGO
                                                                                                  because I believe in the
                                                                                                            o
                                                                                                      power of strong
                                                                                                   immigrant families.”
                                                                                                                        -Fausta

                                                                                        The Latin American Coalition’s AMIGOS
                                                                                        demonstrate their commitment to a strong
                                                                                        and empowered immigrant community
                                                                                        through financial contributions of all sizes.
                                                                                                                         res
                                                                                        Fausta, the owner of a Mexican restaurant
                                                                                        neighboring the Coalition’s offices, had
                                                                                        known about the Coalition’s services for a
                                                                                        long time when we launched our AMIGO
                                                                                        campaign. She jumped at the opportunity to
                                                                                        deepen her support for the Coalition by
                                                                                        becoming a financial donor.
                                                                                                        ke
                                                                                        Our AMIGOS like Fausta are invested in the
                                                                                        Latin American Coalition and share
                                                                                        responsibility in our work. AMIGOS give back
                                                                                        to the community and increase local control
                                                                                        and ownership of the organization.




 What our Partners are saying
                                                                                                                      community
 “AMIGOs make a real and significant investment in the community. Their ownership is the engine that propels justice, communi
 change and meaningful empowerment for all.”
 RAFAEL PRIETO, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF MI GENTE SPANISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER



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Financial Report
Condensed audited Financial Information

    SUPPORT & REVENUE                                      Amount                            % of Total Revenues

Contributions & Sponsorships                               $642,492                                    68%

          Public Sector                                    $100,000                                    11%

      Program Revenues                                     $153,227                                    16%

         Miscellaneous                                     $45,729                                     5%

             TOTAL                                     $941,448.00                                   100%


            EXPENSES                                       Amount                                  otal
                                                                                             % of Total Expenses

       Program Services                                    $798,445                                    85%

 General & Administration                                  $138,000                                   14.5%

             Reserve                                        $5,003                                     .5%

             TOTAL                                     $941,448.00                                   100%


                         Revenue Allocated by Program
                                                                                     Economic
                                                                                   Development &
                                                                 Advocacy             Housing
                       ESL Tutorial Program                        8%                   10%
                                                  Other Programs
                               5%
                                                       13%

                                                                                        Civic Engagement
                                                                                               4%



                                         Resource Center
                                              25%
                                                                      Cultural Events
                                                                           35%




Independent Financial Auditor: Bobby T. Martin, CPA

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2007-2008 amigos
individual & corporate donors

LEADERSHIP DONORS                                    William & Bethania
  Clemente Acuero           Nilda Cauich Canul                               Heriberto Melendez       Anna Ruth
                                                     Garcia
  Fernando Alvarado         Jose Noel Celis                                  Hernan Mena              Valentin Salas Martinez
                                                     Jess & Aaron George
  Mario Alvarado            Fernando Cerdeña                                 Robert & Violeta         Martin Salazar
                                                     Elio Gonzalez
                                                                             Moser
  Luis del Toro Alvarez     Alfredo Cevallos                                                          Isabel Salgado
                                                     Hilda & Alvaro
                                                                             Marian Neal
  Guillermo Andrade         Charro Mexicano          Gurdian                                          Marciano San Juan
  Nunez                                                                      Malcom Nightingale
                            Laura Ciudad Dahlberg                                                     Estiven Sanz
                                                     Ponciano G. Moguel
  Guillermo Andrade                                                          Cynthia Olesen
                            Manuel Ciudad Sr.                                                         Maribel Sauceda
                                                     Judy Hermitte
  Horace Andrews                                                             Maria Oliva Elias
                            Laura Francisca Ciudad                                                    Gabriel Saucedo
  Betty Anzola                                       Jose M. Hernandez       Lester Oliva
                            Julio Colmenares                                                          Lloyd Scher
  Apartment Finder of                                Pedro Hernandez         Uriel Ortega Ruiz
  Metro Charlotte           Wayne & Judy Cooper                                                       Segundo Silva
                                                     Zoraida Hernandez       Angeles Ortega-Moore
  Santos Delmy Arguieta     Antonio & Marina                                                          Heather Smith
                            Corredor                 Bruce & Carmen          Patricia Ortiz
  Jose Arriaga                                                                                        Carlos Somarribas
                                                     Hilton
                            Jose Luis Covarruvias                            Teodoro Palacios
  Ruben Arriaga-Tristan                                                                               Florentino Soto
                            Carlos Crespo            Hit U Off Management    Ivan Parra
  AutoBell Car Wash, Inc.                                                                             Nicolas Soto
                            Carolina Cruz            IRM / Roseland          Gumesindo Perez Perez
  Luz Aveleyra                                       Apartments                                       Gene Stewart
                            Gloribel Cuellas                                 Ruth Perez
  Ebereth Chavez Avila                               Carlos Juarez                                    Julio Suarez
                            Charlotte Curry                                  Peyton
  Maximino Balderas                                  Adrian Justo                                     Sydnor Thompson
  Sanchez                   Albert& Hilda Diaz       Hernandez               Lucrecia Porras
                                                                                                      Lori Timm
  Oscar Nava Bandera        Esteban Diaz             Dana Kaplan             Maria Pozos
                                                                                                      Albeiro Toro
  Ana Barba                 Maria Dominguez          Kasa Landscaping        Adriana Puerto
                                                                                                      UNC Charlotte
  Dean Barry                Olma Echeverri           Anonymous               Lorena Ramirez Miller
                                                                                                      Daniel Valdez
                            Emy Tree Service &                               Aida Rascon
  Balbina Basilio                                    Alba Lake                                        Mercedes Valencia
                            Landscaping
                                                                             Baldwin Mercedes
  Batres Realty LLC                                  Anne Lambert                                     Jose Vargas Rodriguez
                            Arthur Evans                                     Reinoso
  Isabel Bayas                                       Georgia Jacquez Lewis                            Cesar Vargas
                            Anonymous                                        Daniel Rejon Gamboa
  Felisa Bermejo            Maria del Pilar File-    Angel Lliguicota                                 Antonio Vasquez
                                                                             Eduardo Rejon Viviana
  Kris Boehme               Muriel                   Luis Miguel Lopez H                              Julio Vasquez
                                                                             Amado Rejon
  Eudelia Cruz Bohorquez    Fitzpatrick              Francisco Casas Lopez                            Cesar Velando
                            Management                                       Jose Resendiz
  Sandy Bravo-Boyd          Incorporated             Javier Lopez                                     Elvys Velasquez
                                                                             Maria de la Luz Robles
  Estela Bustillos          Tim Funk                 Mario Lopez                                      Jose Vences
                                                                             Sergio Rocha
  Giovanna Buyers           Owen & Harriet           Arnulfo Lozano Olvera                            Gleny Ventura
                                                                             Adalberto Ibarra
  Raul Moncada Cabrera      Furuseth                                         Rodriguez
                                                     Rita Lozano Torres                               Luis Vidal Aquino
  Ligia Cadena              Maria Gallego                                    Beatriz Rodriguez
                                                     Magdalena Maiz-Pena                              Alexandra Vilchez
  Nara Cahua                Adriana Galvez-Taylor                            Dolores Rodriguez
                                                     Jose Maldonado                                   Gabriela Villada
  Alfonso Campillo          Jorge Gamboa Caamal                              Ernestina Romero
                                                     Jose Marcia                                      Teresa Villamarin
                            Jimy Gamboa Rejon                                Rodriguez
  Pedro Campillo                                     Arturo Martinez                                  Graciela Wall
                            Manuel Gamboa Rejon                              Ernestro Rodriguez
  Ruben Campillo                                     Mauro Martinez                                   Laura and Ward
                            Benito Gamboa                                    Fernando Rodriguez       Wellman, Jr.
  Jose Luis Cano                                     Adolfo Mata B.
                            Concepcion Gamboa                                Jesus Rodriguez          Brian Whelan
  Miguel Cano                                        Vicente Matias Leon
                            Jose Luis Gamez                                  Jose Rodriguez           Alfred & Audrey
  Barbara Cantisano                                  Luis Matta
                            Marisol Garay Campos                             Josselyn Rodriguez       Woods
  Irais Casiano Rinco                                Karen McCarl
                            Gerardo Garcia                                   Hernesto Rodriguez-      Pablo Ybarra Santiago
  Angelica Castaneda                                 Jim McEwen & Nelda
                            Gustavo Garcia           Leon                    Gutierrez                Fernanda Zendejas
  Ruben Castillo



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    4949 ALBEMARLE ROAD, STE B
       CHARLOTTE, NC 28205


BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Malcom Nightingale, Olma Echeverri, Diane Frederick, Diana Palacios,
                                             Gamez, Bill Garcia, Sergio Rocha & Cesar Velando
Giovanna Buyers, Dr. Owen Furuseth, Dr. Jose G




                     LEADERSHIP                                   FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY
                       DONORS                                          ORGANIZATIONS
                          ADS, LLC                                         AT&T Foundation
               Erskine & Crandall Bowles                                    s
                                                                         Arts & Science Council
                    Robert E. Bush, Jr.                               Bank of America Foundation
            David Aylward and Cary Caton                           Catholic Legal Immigration Network
         Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated                          Foundation For The Carolinas
                       Cocina Latina                                   Hispanics In Philanthropy
                           ocal
            Iron Worker's Local Union 848                                      MDC, Inc.
                       Líder Services                                    Merancas Foundation
                       Norsan Group                                    National Council of La Raza
          RT Dooley Construction Company                                 Public Interest Projects
            First Choice Management, Inc.                             United Way Central Carolinas
      Casa del Lago Apartments, Vista del Lago Apartments,
          Misty Woods Apartments, Pinetree Apartments
                    ds                                                   Wachovia Foundation



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