Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund

LEAF 5Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund co-founders, Paty Funegra and Diana KatzThe Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund is dedicated to the promotion of and the investment in the civic engagement, education, economic success, naturalization, health, leadership development, volunteerism, and advocacy of the Latino community in Metro DC.

Inspired by a 2015 Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program report entitled “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, both now and into the future.

Limited Time Matching Gift Opportunity Announced!

Inspired after a special launch event held on April 13th, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute with a matching gift.  Until September 1st 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 total of $200,000 before the inaugural grant cycle begins in the fall.  We need your help now.  Your contributed dollars will multiply for a limited time only to strengthen the Latino community forever, for a stronger region for all.

Thank you for your donation to support this Fund, of which 75% will be placed in an endowment to forever benefit the Latino community and 25% will be leveraged for current grantmaking.

LEAF Founding Ambassadors

Our Founding Ambassadors play a unique role in helping establish LEAF’s future by making a contribution at any level prior to September 1, 2017. These enthusiastic representatives’ contributions go beyond just the financial; they also build and strengthen community awareness of and support for LEAF in its inaugural year. They receive an invitation to participate in the inaugural year’s grants committee. They spread LEAF’s message by speaking to friends, colleagues, and family members. They encourage people to learn more and get involved.

LEAF Impact Circle

The LEAF Impact Circle includes our most dedicated supporters who have stepped forward to invest in LEAF’s work with an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Through their gift LEAF Impact Circle members develop Latino leadership in the Metro DC. They know that engaging more Latinos in local philanthropy and encouraging giving to LEAF will accelerate Latino influence in the region’s civic life. They know that a stronger Latino community, means a stronger Metro DC for all.


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To our generous sponsors:
John & Virginia Chapel

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