Philanthropy Now podcast: Latino Family Fund fights for social justice in South Santa Clara County

Welcome to the tenth episode in our mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes.


South Santa Clara County, and Gilroy in particular, have some of the highest pockets of poverty in the region. With over 60 percent of Gilroy’s population being Latinx, the need for uplifting these communities is dire. In this episode, Edwin Diaz, a retired educator and founding member of Latino Family Fund de Gilroy joins SVCF Director of Capacity-Building and Nonprofit Services Michelle Fries in conversation about equity in Edwin’s region. Having served on Gilroy Foundation’s Board of Directors for eight years, and with 35 years in education, Edwin is cognizant of the most pressing issues that people of color face in the South County. Listen to learn how philanthropy, individuals and networks of nonprofits can help influence policy for the community.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems

Edwin Diaz, Former Superintendent of Gilroy and Pasadena Unified School Districts,
and Michelle Fries, SVCF Director of Capacity Building and Nonprofit Services

What you will learn:

  • Edwin’s experience in the 90’s, as one of few administrators of color, and what drew him to battling issues of equity and social justice
  • Community challenges that sparked the creation of Latino Family Fund
  • How the current climate of social change is informing the work of Latino Family Fund and Gilroy Foundation
  • The role of philanthropy in advancing equity in Gilroy and South Santa Clara County

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