The Latina Giving Circle of San Diego brings together a community of San Diego’s Latinas who want to uplift, celebrate and share the philanthropic traditions and values of the Latino community.

OUR MISSION is to ignite the power of the Latina connection through giving, leadership, service and community.

We believe that Latinas are important to the success of our region; we believe in the power of collective giving; and we believe that creating an inclusive network of wise, generous, and connected Latinas will create positive change for all in San Diego County.

Through all of its work the Latina Giving Circle aims to have an impact in three core areas:

Strengthening Latina leadership for San Diego region

Mobilizing and investing our resources—financial and human—in the issues we care about

Establishing a supportive community of Latinas that are connected and making a difference

Announcing LGC's first two grant recipients for its 2015 inaugural grant round: 

Barrio Logan College Institute and Building Skills Partnership

These two organizations will each receive $5,000 in support of their great programs. Over the course of the year, you will hear more about these organizations and others we got to know over the process as we share their great work! In the meantime, here is a little more about our finalists.

Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing disadvantaged students to be among the first in their families to attend and succeed in college. 100% of their high school graduates enroll in colleges and universities across the nation. A unique element of their programming includes Círculo de Mujeres. Círculo de Mujeres focuses on the personal development of the Latina students in the program, who meet to discuss a wide array of topics, especially as it relates to their career development. Círculo de Mujeres will use support from Latina Giving Circle to host special gatherings, monthly meetings, identify professional mentors, and other special activities that help the girls connect to their personal histories and gives them a safe and fun space for expression. Learn more about BLCI here.

Building Skills Partnership (BSP) is a statewide organization that improves the quality of life for low-wage janitors and their families by increasing their skills, access to education and opportunities for career and community advancement. In high-rise buildings and industrial  parks throughout San Diego, thousands of janitors toil through the night to keep workplaces clean. 70% are women, most never finished grade school, and many are struggling to learn English while working long hours for low wages. BSP offers these workers a rare chance to invest in their futures by acquiring workforce and computer literacy training. Through a unique partnership, BSP trains close to 3,000 low-wage janitors a year, primarily in California’s largest cities. With a new training center in San Diego, LGC support will allow BSP to expand its computer literacy programming locally. This support will provide BSP with the resources to replicate its successful workforce training model and computer literacy training in our region. Learn more about Building Skills Partnership here.

About the LGC grantround - Since its inception, 70 men women and organizations, inspired by the mission of the Latina Giving Circle, came together and collectively raised over $20,000 to invest in the issues that matter to us most. In June of 2015, The Latina Giving Circle released its first ever request for proposals. This grant round sought to support organizations working to positively impact career and leadership development of women and girls in San Diego.  Eighteen exceptional organizations submitted proposals representing innovative and impactful work from across the region.  Over the course of the following months, the Latina Giving Circle Grants Committee carefully reviewed proposals, identified and visited eleven organizations and worked to narrow the field to five outstanding applicants. Finally, the five organizations were put to a full member vote and Barrio Logan College Institute and Building Skills Partnership were selected as the finalist grantees. Look for forthcoming details about our grants celebration to honor our grantees and members who made this possible. 

Members of the LGC gather for a Friday Cafesito.

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