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The Progreso Latino Fund

Did you miss the Convening on March 27th? Click on the image below for a recap and photos!

Who We Are and What We Do

Founded at — and nurtured by — The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Progreso Latino Fund has been building capacity and knowledge since 2003. It has gathered over a decade a permanent endowment — for grant making, policy forums, and leadership-building activities — of just over a quarter-million dollars. Money raised for the Fund has been used to sponsor educational forums and community events - a primary strategy and platform for bringing people together, engaging Latinos and non-Latinos about issues, and providing a vehicle for conversations about how the issues impact Latinos. Support has also enabled the Fund to provide scholarship money to high school students and sponsor summer reading programs for younger children. 

It's a very good start. But it's not nearly enough.

With your help, the Progreso Latino Fund can move much faster. We have the vision. We have the connections. We have the support of key organizations like The Community Foundation. 

The Advisory Committee, now led by Cynthia Rojas and Fernando Muñiz, is looking for Latinos and others to join them to develop Latino leadership and to build an equitable community. Engaging more Latinos in local philanthropy and encouraging giving to PLF will accelerate Latino influence in the region’s civic life.

Will you join them? Contact Sharon Cappetta at or 203-777-7071 for more information about the Fund and its activities.



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The statisticians predict, "The most dramatic growth [of Latinos] is anticipated in New Haven County..."

Learn more about the Emerging Influence & Growing Opportunity of Greater New Haven's Latinos in The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's latest issue brief.

Did you know?

  • In New Haven county, Latinos are 15% of the population
  • From 2000 to 2012,the New Haven county Latino population increased by 56%
  • There are 239,000 eligible Latino voters in CT, the 14th largest nationally
  • In 2012, a record 69% of Latino high school graduates enrolled in college nationally
  •  Latino estimated purchasing power in the U.S. was $1.2 trillion in 2012
From the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project and the Selig Center for Economic Growth

Why I Choose to Give

I heard about Progreso Latino through word of mouth when it was in its first year. Everyone was talking about it in New Haven. Progreso Latino gave me an opportunity to make a donation in memory of my late father, who passed away before his time.My father was very proud of his heritage, proud to be Puerto Rican. He was the kind of man who, if he’d known about Progreso Latino he would have donated and liked to have served on the committee. By giving to Progreso Latino, I’m able to fulfill my quest of building my father’s legacy and honoring his life. It took me a year to figure out where to donate, but when I heard about the Progreso Latino Fund, I didn’t hesitate. I know my father’s memory lives through Progreso Latino, I also know this is what Daddy would’ve done.

Cynthia W. Rojas
In Memory of Jose M. Rojas


The Progreso Latino Fund
Honors John Soto
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