THE FUNDERS� COLLABORATIVE FOR STRONG LATINO COMMUNITIES by nMYFuu3

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									         THE FUNDERS’ COLLABORATIVE FOR STRONG LATINO COMMUNITIES

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The Collaborative is a coordinated funding effort to provide capacity building grants and culturally-
specific training to Latino nonprofit organizations. The Collaborative has four principal objectives: to
strengthen the organizational capacity of small- to medium-sized Latino nonprofits; to increase
philanthropy’s understanding of Latino nonprofits, the communities they serve, and the role they play in
civil society; to foster leadership among Latino nonprofits that incorporates a vision of inclusiveness and
collaboration; and to increase the net amount of philanthropic dollars flowing to Latino nonprofits.

Programmatically, the Collaborative offers grants to local Latino organizations, ongoing local and
regional convenings and trainings, and a program-level Leadership Training Institute and ongoing
external evaluation.

HOW THE FUNDERS’ COLLABORATIVE WORKS

Project governance and local decision-making

The Collaborative’s governance structure is based upon national guidance and local decision-making. An
Assembly, comprised of all current funders meets once a year to discuss and amend the program
guidelines and policies. Grantmaking itself, and selection of grantees, however, occurs at the local level
through Collaborative “sites.” A local site must have at least two funders and raise at least $250,000 in
local funds to begin the grantmaking process. North Carolina has already met this threshold, with a
current commitment of $100,000 by the Warner Foundation and $500,000 by the Z Smith Reynolds
Foundation.

Once a site begins its grantmaking process, a committee of representatives from each local funder is
responsible for:

       developing a local operating structure to facilitate decision making for the grantmaking process;
       adapting a generic Request for Letters of Intent and Request for Proposals to fit local needs;
       monitoring the grantmaking process, including proposal review, grant approval and reporting to
        the Collaborative’s Assembly;
       monitoring and evaluating grants;
       identifying lessons learned for future dissemination with colleagues and integration into the
        project;
       recruiting and orienting new funders;
       reporting to the Assembly on the progress of their site.

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE?

The Collaborative targets “small- to medium-sized Latino nonprofits,” defined as 501(c)(3) organizations
with majority Latino leadership that serve a majority Latino constituency, and have annual operating
budgets under $2 million. The focus is on cultivating the next generation of Latino leadership and
developing the infrastructure of the Latino nonprofit sector.

Latino: To be considered a “Latino-led” organization, applicants must meet at least one criterion under
“leadership” and at least one criterion under “mission” below:
  Leadership                                           Mission

  A majority of board members are Latino               A majority of the people directly served by the
                                                       agency are Latino.

  The majority of the agency’s senior management       The mission statement specifically targets a
  is Latino                                            Latino subgroup(s)

  The agency’s executive director is Latino

What types of projects will be funded?

The Collaborative’s funds are specifically for capacity building efforts. The proposals that will be funded
are those that demonstrate how a grant from the Collaborative will increase the organization’s
effectiveness and ability to serve its community. Specific sites of the Collaborative, including North
Carolina, may choose particular areas of capacity building on which to focus. Some examples of
Collaborative grants in other regions include: board and staff development, strategic planning, financial
management, fund diversification, developing advocacy capacity, developing research capacity, building
technology infrastructure and facilities planning.

The Collaborative encourages, larger (up to $150,000 over three years), multi-year grant commitments.

THE COLLABORATIVE IN NORTH CAROLINA

As of April 2002, the Collaborative has two North Carolina funders – the Warner Foundation and the Z
Smith Reynolds Foundation. There has been one larger meeting of interested funders throughout the
state, and additional follow up meetings are planned within the next few months.

The Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, in a local challenge, has set aside funds for a local match for up to
five regions in the state. The Foundation will provide up to $50,000 of additional funds to communities
that raise $100,000 locally. The exact determination of this local challenge from Z Smith Reynolds is still
being considered and will depend on the local interest and leadership of different potential sites in the
state. All funds, in turn, will be matched by the Funders’ Collaborative. North Carolina expects to raise $1
million locally, thereby allowing the site a budget of $2 million (10% of these funds would be used by
Hispanics in Philanthropy for administrative costs).

In preparation for the launching of the North Carolina site, The Collaborative is conducting background
research on the Latino nonprofit organizations that would be eligible for these funds and their service area
within the state. We will ensure that enough eligible organizations are identified prior to launching the
project, which is expected in the fall 2002. As the grantmaking process takes approximately six months,
grantees would be selected by spring 2003.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information on the Funders’ Collaborative in North Carolina please contact:

[names deleted due to date of sample]

								
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