Latino Nonprofits Thrive During Great Give

Progreso Latino Fund matching pool amplifies giving.

Courtesy of Spanish Community of Wallingford

Nonprofit organizations led by Latinos and serving Latinos in Greater New Haven raised thousands of dollars in donations during The Great Give 2022. The giving was amplified by a matching pool provided by the Progreso Latino Fund (PLF).

The PLF Advisory Committee allocated $10,000 to spread among ten local nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community, have Latinos in executive leadership positions and have annual budgets of less than $500,000. Organizations received a share of the pool based on their number of unique donors.

“All of these organizations do important and inspiring work for our community, and we are excited by the response from donors,” said PLF Advisory Committee Co-chair Yari Ijeh. “With our matching pool, we wanted to increase the impact of those donations, especially for the smaller organizations that might not have the same resources as larger organizations.”

ARTE Inc., a New Haven-based youth enrichment and education program was one of those small organizations benefiting from the match, receiving $1,769 from the PLF pool. ARTE raised a total of $15,566 from 178 individual donors, a prize awarded during the event and a match from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Director and Co-founder David Greco said that The Great Give has become ARTE’s most important annual fundraising event, both for raising money and showcasing its work for the community.

“As a one-man operation, fundraising is very time-consuming. The Great Give streamlines the process and extends our reach. The matching funds from the Progreso Latino Fund and the Community Foundation further our ability to serve youth in our community,” said Greco.

Elm City Internationals, a college-preparatory program that combines academic support and soccer, received 319 individual donations, making it the top PLF match recipient. The organizations received $3,190 from PLF and raised a total amount of $37,567.

The immigrant rights and youth advocacy organization Connecticut Students for a Dream also had successful Great Give, receiving gifts from 84 donors and a raising a total of $29,841, including a $844 match from PLF. Co-directors

“We have a robust youth development program to build the leadership and organizing skills of immigrants and youth of color to create change in their communities,” said Co-directors Angelica Idrovo and Camila Bortolleto. “The money we raised will go towards our Freedom Summer Program in New Haven and for C4D’s long-term sustainability so that we can keep on empowering and educating the immigrant youth leaders in our community.”

Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) received 115 donations, a PLF match of $1,143 and raised $6,724 in total to support its programs. The volleyball academy and academic enrichment program Pequenas Ligas Hispanas de New Haven received $1,272 from the PLF match and raised a total of $8,837.

"We are truly overwhelmed with the support we received from individuals, local businesses and the community through The Great Give 2022! Thank you to everyone who donated, liked or shared our posts, and those who came out personally to show their support!" said SCOW Executive Director Adriana Rodríguez. "All the funds raised will go toward providing essential services, support current and future programs and ensure we can continue serving and advocating for the community."

Full List of PLF Match Recipients

The Great Give® is Greater New Haven’s annual 36-hour online giving event created in 2010 by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to increase philanthropy in the Greater New Haven region of South Central Connecticut. By 8:00 p.m. on May 5, the event raised a total of $3,461,949 for a record number of 501 nonprofits in Greater New Haven. FULL RESULTS HERE