Progreso Latino Fund

The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) is a permanent resource that brings people together to have a positive impact on the most important issues facing Latines today.

We are the Progreso Latino Fund

Our mission: To empower a diverse Latine* community in the Greater New Haven region through education, leadership, culture and philanthropy.

PLF carries out its mission and creates positive change through:

  • Forums on matters of importance to Latines featuring prominent national and local speakers.
  • Celebrations of Connecticut Latines who lead from where they are.
  • Charitable grants to programs and services that advance Latines.
  • A focus on the youth and young leaders.

*A note on our use of Latine.

Celebrating 20 years of Latine Philanthropy

Progreso Latino Fund 20th-Anniversary Kickoff

Thanks to all who joined us at Bregamos Community Theater on February 2, 2023 for PLF's 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration! Check back soon for a recap with photos from the event.

Join us with your support and your donation will be matched!

Disaster Relief

Responding to Hurricane Fiona

Local and national efforts are raising resources to support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

The PLF 15th Anniversary Gala was held in 2018 Credit: Chiké Photography

Bringing the Community Together

Past Community Events

Did you miss a past event? View the archive of past event summaries and photos.

Maritza Bond, New Haven Public Health Director and Latino leader. Credit: Contributed

Leading From Where You Are

Celebrating Latine Leaders

Latine Leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut share their inspiring stories in this series of up-close and personal profiles.

Educational and economic wellbeing

Our Impact

  • 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.
Arianna Adorno was awarded a 2022 Founders Scholarship. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Arianna Adorno

Supporting New Haven Scholars

Founders Scholarship

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

Disaster Response

In 2017, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the massive earthquake in Mexico, PLF joined a Latine-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.

Past and present PLF Advisory Committee (L-R): Anna Rivera-Alfaro, Alexandra Sanchez, Jorge Jimenez, John Padilla, Raquel Santiago-Martinez, Tara Davila (Co-Chair), Yari Ijeh (Co-Chair), Fernando Muniz. Credit: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

PLF Advisory Committee (2022)

  • Tara Davila (Co-Chair)
  • Yari Ijeh (Co-Chair)
  • Angel Bruno
  • Gypsy Garcia
  • Anaika Ocasio
  • Carolina Parrott
  • Rev. Edwin Perez, Jr.
  • Atty. Erandi Reiland
  • Anna Rivera-Alfaro
  • Raquel Santiago-Martinez

Use your talents to expand opportunity for Latines in Greater New Haven. Join the PLF Advisory Committee today!

Our History

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.

Liana Garcia
Director of Gift Planning