Latinx people make up approximately one quarter of the population in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, yet they experience widening disparities in income, education, health and housing compared to their white and Asian counterparts. In 2020, Latinx communities shouldered 56 percent of California’s total COVID-19 cases and 47 percent of the state’s total COVID-19 deaths. The equity gap that Latinx communities face is exacerbated by a persistent lack of access to philanthropic dollars by Latinx nonprofit leaders and Latinx-led organizations; approximately 1% of private foundation giving in the U.S. directly supports Latinx organizations, according to a report from Hispanics in Philanthropy.
The Latinx-led nonprofit organizations highlighted below provide leadership, direct services, advocacy and support for Latinx communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Join us in supporting these organizations that are advancing equity for Latinx residents in our region.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. There are many organizations in our two-county region serving the Latinx community. Also, organizations that have been featured in previous SVCF Giving Guides were not included in the list below.
Chicana Latina Foundation's mission is to empower Chicanas Latinas through personal, educational and professional advancement. Its programs include scholarships for Chicana Latina students, leadership development and an alumnae network to continue growth opportunities for participants. CLF was founded in 1977 because three Latina graduate students saw few brown faces on campus and they decided to take responsibility in producing the next generation of leaders. CLF is needed now more than ever in ensuring racial and gender equity.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
ConXión to Community is a community-based nonprofit that provides education, workforce development, behavioral health and other social services to disconnected youth and adults. Its mission is: “Opening doors to create new opportunities through culturally competent education, workforce development and social services so, collectively we can create a better community.”Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
The Day Worker Center's mission is to connect workers and employers in a safe and supportive environment; empower workers to improve their socioeconomic condition through fair employment, education and job skills training; and participate in advocacy efforts that support the day laborer community. The Day Worker Center provides job-matching services for hundreds of local homeowners and businesses annually.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
El Concilio of San Mateo County is a nonprofit, community-based organization committed to increasing education, employment and access to quality of life services to underserved communities in San Mateo County. It addresses racial and ethnic health and education disparities that include all underserved, low-income, non- or limited English speaking communities through its programs.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley (LCSV) develops and strengthens the power of Latinas to advance their collective success through sisterhood, leadership and civic engagement. LCSV creates intentional opportunities for women to meet and build supportive relationships; develop a leadership pipeline and support members to lead by fostering individual skillsets and potential; and educate and mobilize the community to advocate and actively engage on issues impacting the Latinx community.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Upward Scholars’ mission is to provide adult immigrants the boost they need to move up the economic ladder through education and career development support. They provide financial, academic and career development support to adults struggling with economic hardship so they can transition from adult schools to community colleges and attend college part-time.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Youth Alliance (YA) began as a grassroots effort of committed volunteers and has evolved into an agency that benefits more than 6,500 children, youth and their families each year. YA’s services seek to provide a continuum of support that includes after-school, summer, and late night prevention programs; early intervention bilingual counseling and case management; intervention programs serving at-promise youth in the juvenile justice system and teen parents; as well as parent and systems leaders engagement and education. Programs are located in targeted schools and neighborhoods in South Santa Clara and San Benito counties.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) is a grassroots community-based organization created, led and run by young people of color, the majority from low-income communities. YUCA provides a safe space for young people to empower themselves and work on environmental and social justice issues, to establish positive systemic change through grassroots community organizing.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly