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 Latinos today.

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.

Join us with your support!

PLF Co-chair Yardira Ijeh Credit: Dawn Santiago

PLF Actions During the Pandemic

A word on Esperanza (hope):

When faced with adversity, we are carried by community, faith, and hope. PLF Co-chairs Yadira Ijeh and Tara Davila share PLF's work to foster hope during the pandemic.

PLF Sponsored Event

Financial Wellbeing for Latino Families

The bilingual radio show Juntos Podemos/Together We Can hosted Wealth Advisor Alex Ramos for a discussion on the decisions that go into building a solid financial footing.

Your Money Matched During The Great Give® 2021

Thank You

As a returning as a sponsor of The Great Give®, PLF provided a matching pool of $10,000 to inspire giving to participating Latinx serving organizations with Latinx representation at the Executive Leadership level and with an annual budget of less than $500,000. Visit the PLF profile on The Great Give® site to see the organizations who were eligible for the match pool and the results.

Former U.S. Rep. Luis Vicente Gutiérrez at a PLF forum about the road ahead for Latino advocacy. Credit: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

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.

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 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

Our Impact

A first generation college student, Melanie Garcia-Flores graduated from Career High School in the spring of '21 and plans to apply to the nursing program at UConn in order to make a difference for others in her community. Credit: Photo Courtesy of the Garcia Flores Family

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 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.

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

PLF Advisory Committee (2021)

  • Tara Davila (Co-chair)
  • Yadira Ijeh (Co-Chair)
  • Aleena Garcia
  • 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!

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