To meet many philanthropic goals, funders need to support Latino civic and political representation.
POSTED BY IMPACT SERIES CONTRIBUTORS ON DECEMBER 23, 2013
By Cristóbal J. Alex, President, the Latino Victory Project and the Latino Victory Foundation, and Henry R. Muñoz, CEO, Muñoz & Company
The 2012 presidential election marked a milestone for Latino political participation. More than 11 million of us voted on November 6. And for the first time ever, Latino donors became deeply engaged in a presidential election through the Futuro Fund, which raised $32 million from 150,000 individual Latino donors. Eva Longoria and Henry, along with key partners, launched the Futuro Fund because they knew it was important to show that Latinos could be difference-makers at the highest level of our democracy—not just by voting in record numbers but by flexing our financial muscle too. As a result of this dramatic increase in political participation, immigration reform is now being fiercely debated in Congress.