Anonymous Donor Challenges Community with $50,000 Matching Gift

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF) to promote and invest in the civic engagement, education, economic success, naturalization, health, leadership development, volunteerism, and advocacy of  the Latino community in the Metro DC region.  .  Inspired by a 2016 Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program report titled “Unlocking Latino Civic Potential: 2016 and Beyond,” two visionary Northern Virginia leaders, Paty Funegra and Diana Katz, formed this committee advised fund at the Community Foundation to create a source of strategic, permanent funding that will strengthen and encourage the Latino community now and for generations to come. 

Inspired by the launch event, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute with a matching gift. Every dollar donated to this campaign will be doubled up to $50,000.  If the community meets this challenge, the fund’s current asset base of $100,000 will be doubled for a sum of $200,000 before the inaugural grant cycle begins in the fall.

The Fund launched on Thursday morning, April 13th at an event the Community Foundation hosted at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Tysons Corner, VA.  The keynote presenters included Javier Palomarez, President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director of the Latinos & Society Program at the Aspen Institute.  “This is a pivotal time for Hispanics in America as we represent the fastest growing demographic in the country,” said Mr. Palomarez.  “The Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund [has the potential to] help our brethren participate more profoundly in our democracy [by] providing the manpower and financial resources to create opportunities and better our community.”

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