We are the Progreso Latino Fund
The Progreso Latino Fund was created in 2003 to promote the educational and socio-economic wellbeing of Latinos in New Haven and the region.
PLF carries out its mission and creates positive change through:
- Forums on matters of importance to Latinos featuring prominent national and local speakers.
- Celebrations of Connecticut Latinos who lead from where they are.
- Charitable grants to programs and services that advance Latinos.
- A focus on the youth and young leaders.
Responding to Hurricane Fiona
Local and national efforts are raising resources to support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
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The Great Give® 2022 PLF Match Prize Results
Latinx Organizations Supported
During The 2022 Great Give, PLF provided a matching pool of $10,000 to inspire giving to Latinx serving organizations with Latinx executive leaders.
Raising awareness of Latino Matters
PLF Forums and Community Events
PLF community forums are inspiring, can't miss events that bring people together for conversations about issues of importance to Latinos and feature prominent national and local leaders. Past guests include U.S. Education Sec. Miguel Cardona, Latino USA host, Maria Hinojosa, Actor Elizardi Castro and Former U.S. Rep. Luis Vicente Gutiérrez.
Bringing the Community Together
Past Community Events
Did you miss a past event? View the archive of past event summaries and photos.
Leading From Where You Are
Celebrating Latino Leaders
Latino Leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut share their inspiring stories in this series of up-close and personal profiles.
Educational and economic wellbeing
- As of 2021, The PLF endowment is $457,000.
- Since 2003, $174,264 in grants to the community.
2022 grants supported:
- Community conversation at New Haven Pride Center.
- Hispanic Heritage Month events organized by Arte Inc.
- Curriculum development for the new Latinas In Leadership Institute, Latinas & Power Inc.
- Puerto Ricans United (PRU) gala and festival.
- Two scholarships to New Haven seniors.
- 10 matching grants to Latinx-led organizations during The Great Give.
Progreso Latino Fund eNewsletter
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Supporting New Haven Scholars
In honor if its Founding members, the PLF Advisory Committee awards an annual scholarship to a New Haven Latino student through the New Haven Scholarship Fund.
Stepping Up in a Time of Need
In 2017, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the massive earthquake in Mexico, PLF joined a Latino-led global fundraising campaign to support disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico and assist evacuees who came to Greater New Haven.
PLF Advisory Committee (2022)
- Tara Davila (Co-chair)
- Yadira Ijeh (Co-Chair)
- Angel Bruno
- Anaika Ocasio
- Atty. Erandi Reiland
- Anna Rivera-Alfaro
- Alexandra Sanchez
- Raquel Santiago-Martinez
- Maysa Akbar, PhD - Community Foundation Board Liaison
Use your talents to expand opportunity for Latinos in Greater New Haven. Join the PLF Advisory Committee today!
The Progreso Latino Fund was established in 2003 a small group of community-minded Puerto Ricans as their way to give back to the New Haven community which they called home. Their vision was to create a fund that would “promote the educational and socio-economic well-being of Latinos in the City of New Haven and the region . . . with particular attention to the needs of our children.”
Since then, more than 660 contributors have have built a permanent endowment of more than $440,000 that is used to fund grant making, policy forums, leadership-building activities and community events
The Progreso Latino Fund is permanently endowed, which means it will last forever and never stop doing good. An independent advisory committee picked exclusively from within the Latino community guides the actions of the PLF.
Get in touch for more information.
Director of Gift Planning