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The Progreso Latino Fund

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 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 We Choose to Give

John Padilla presented the idea of Progreso Latino and I spoke to my husband Dale about it.We both thought it was a prudent and appropriate way to make a positive contribution to the Latino community, by highlighting issues which impact that community. I’ve always thought of foundations as a place where people can dialogue about the ideas and issues confronting communities. Progreso Latino provides us with another vehicle through which we can address the issues facing our communities. Through the use of issue oriented forums, Progreso Latino has brought together diverse groups of people to seek answers to complex and challenging issues and concerns. The forums showcase the established, as well as the emerging, leadership and expertise within the Latino community.

Judge Carmen Lopez
Judge Dale Radcliffe


The Progreso Latino Fund
Honors John Soto
The Progreso Latino Fund

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