Valoramás Provides Latino Grants via $150,000 Founders’ Grants InitiativeThursday, June 14th, 2012
You did it! With the wonderful support of our thousands of Valoramás members, latino grants have been given away to 16 community organizations via the $150,000 Valoramás Founders’ Grants Initiative.
We are eternally grateful to our Community Partners in Houston and Chicago, as well as the Valoramás community, for your participation and support.
Between April 27th and May 25th our members determined via online voting at www.valoramas.com how more than $150,000 in latino grants would be distributed among our 16 community partners in Chicago and Houston.
Valoramás Latino Grants in Houston
We announced the Houston winners of the Founders’ Grants Initiative on May 30th. The event was held at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, one of our community partners.
- The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) was declared the grand prize winner receiving $35,000 in unrestricted funds.
This is what Ms. Beatrice G. Garza, President and CEO of AAMA said about the Founders’ Grant Initiative: “A gift of $35,000 to AAMA could fund training for college-bound students in leadership and job-readiness skills, or connect adult learners with career paths to living wage jobs, or provide a van for off-site field lessons and trips to academic and sports competitions. No matter what size gift we receive through this project, it truly will make a difference for our students and families.”
- KIPP Houston claimed second place in the Founders’ Grants Initiative, securing $17,500 in latino grants.
- The $10,000 third-prize winner was Arte Público Press.
- All our other Houston community partners (Latino Learning Center, Houston Area Women’s Center, Hispanic Women in Leadership, NHPO Leadership Institute, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, and El Centro de Corazón) received $2,500 in unrestricted funds.
The Valoramás Latino Grants in Chicago
The Founders’ Grants Initiative Chicago Award Ceremony took place on June 5th at The National Museum of Mexican Art.
- Instituto del Progreso Latino was declared the grand prize winner of the latino grants, receiving $35,000 in unrestricted funds.
“Instituto shares Valoramás values in helping the Latino community grow and prosper. We are honored to be among the leading organizations across the country that also embody these values and applaud Valoramás’ exemplary efforts through this initiative that make community investment a clear priority from the very outset of the company’s founding.”, said Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto Del Progreso Latino.
- Mujeres Latinas en Acción claimed second place, securing $17,500 of the latino grants. Mujeres Latinas en Acción was also the winner of the Valoramás extended voting period, which allowed members to award an additional $2,500 to the organization that received the most votes from May 18 through May 25.
- The $10,000 third place winner in the Founders’ Grants Initiative was Enlace Chicago.
- All our other Chicago community partners (El Hogar del Niño, Corazón Community Services, Red Mexicana de Líderes y Organizaciones Migrantes and Teatro Luna) each received $2,500 in unrestricted funds.
Congratulations to all the organizations! In the next few days we will have video summaries of each event, featuring the buena vibra of all of our community partners.
This is just the beginning for Valoramás. Together, we are dedicated to continuing to support the Latino community.
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