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Join Us for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund Training Series: Final Sessions PDF Print E-mail

As part of the first-ever New York City Council funded Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, the Hispanic Federation has been able to offer numerous capacity building trainings to representatives from grantee organizations. Expert facilitators have engaged participants with information vital to the growth and sustainability of our nonprofit community. Seven workshops covering Advocacy to Leverage Government Resources, Financial Management for Nonprofit Executives and Non-Financial Managers, and Board Development have trained over 125 participants so far.  “We want to make sure that organizations don’t just get financial support but that they also get the training to better manage their organizations,” said HF President José Calderón.  “These workshops build the capacity of our nonprofit leaders and help them lead their organizations more effectively.”

HF Statement on US Supreme Court Arguments Over Marriage Equality PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - New York, NY - José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation, released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s US Supreme Court oral arguments in Obergefell v Hodges, a case originating in Ohio that has the potential to bring marriage equality to all 50 states.

“For 25 years, the Hispanic Federation has been fighting for freedom, justice and equality for Latinos and all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender or sexual orientation. Although the justices seemed deeply divided, we are confident that the court will rule in favor of one of the great civil rights issues of our time, same-sex marriage.  Same-sex couples should enjoy equal protections granted by our constitution regardless of their state of residence.  Furthermore, we cannot allow legally married couples to endure discrimination by simply crossing state lines.  We will continue to work to ensure marriage equality is afforded to every American, including those residing in the 14 states where same-sex marriage is not yet permitted.”

HF Launches Latino Diabetes Awareness Campaign PDF Print E-mail

According to the National Institute of Health, more than 10 percent of all Latinos over the age of 20 have diabetes.  Latinos are also 1.5 times more likely to die of the disease than their non-Hispanic white peers.  Across New York, diabetes is wreaking havoc on Latino families.  In fact, more than 300,000 Latino New Yorkers are living with the disease.  Hispanic Federation is launching a program this year to raise awareness about diabetes in our community and the ways we can stop this killer.

Support for Scholarships for Latino Students PDF Print E-mail

Wells Fargo, our financial literacy partner, will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for every customer who selects Spanish as their language in their mobile banking phone app.  But hurry! You have until April 30th!

Wells Fargo, nuestro aliado de educación financiera, donará $1 (hasta un máximo de $50,000) en apoyo al Hispanic Scholarship Fund para becas para estudiantes latinos por cada cliente que seleccione el idioma español en el aplicativo móvil de Wells Fargo en su teléfono celular.   ¡Pero date prisa! Solo tienes hasta el 30 de abril para hacerlo.

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HF and NY Senator Espaillat Fight for Farm Workers’ Rights PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, May 21st, Hispanic Federation will partner with NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat to hold a meeting to discuss Farm Worker Rights & the NYS Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act. This legislation would extend basic labor rights (day of rest, overtime, collective bargaining and others) to our migrant farm worker brothers and sisters, rights that most other workers are already granted.  According to some researchers, farm workers in New York can often work 60 to 80 hours per week, without being paid for overtime and often under dangerous working conditions. While most farms are a long way from many of us, it is paramount that we stand in solidarity with our familia and fellow New Yorkers to pass a state law that has been held hostage for over a decade. The NYS Assembly has been a consistent supporter, while most upstate and Long Island Senators have been opposed to this bill. In April of this year, the legislation passed through the Senate Labor Committee by a vote of 12-4. We need to build off this momentum by supporting this campaign and focus attention on the plight of New York’s farmworkers and the ways in which Sen. Espaillat’s (and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan’s) legislation finally addresses this largely forgotten part of the Latino community.

President’s Message - April 22, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

For the past 25 years, the Hispanic Federation has worked to give hope and strength to Latino communities in the Northeast and across the country. Step by step, the organization has brought together some of the most important Latino community-based organizations in the nation and transformed them into a cohesive network.  A network that not only helped Latinos by providing direct services in everything from education to health care, but also a network that could design policies and think creatively about the best ways to uplift our neighborhoods.  In giving life and purpose to the Hispanic Federation, our pioneers created an organization that wasn’t the passive recipient of charity but an active and important leader in crafting solutions to our communities’ most vexing problems.

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