Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701

New York, NY -- December 13, 2011. Over the past decade, U.S. foundation giving explicitly designated to benefit Hispanics and Latinos has held steady, comprising about one percent of total foundation funding, even as the Hispanic population in the U.S. has grown significantly over the same period. This figure does not represent all foundation giving benefiting Latinos, for which good estimates do not yet exist. It reflects only the portion that can be clearly documented using available data. According to Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and for Latin America, released by the Foundation Center in collaboration with Hispanics in Philanthropy, total grant dollars targeting Latinos in the U.S. between 2007 and 2009 averaged about $206 million per year, while funding for Latin America averaged roughly $350 million per year. Human services (27 percent) and health (26 percent) captured the largest shares of grant dollars awarded for Latinos in the U.S. Of the grants targeting Latin America, Mexico and Brazil received the largest shares.

Among other key findings in the report:

  • The top 10 funders awarding grants for Latinos in the U.S. from 2007 to 2009 accounted for close to 40 percent of grant dollars.
  • Recipient organizations in the Western region of the United States received the largest share (42 percent) of foundation dollars intended to benefit Hispanics. Over 80 percent of this funding went to organizations in California.
  • The largest share of grant dollars for Latin America was for the environment and animals (33 percent), followed by international affairs (20 percent).
  • Roughly half of funding for Latin America went directly to recipient organizations located in Latin America, while the other half was awarded through U.S.-based international programs.

Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and for Latin America documents trends in giving based on grants awarded by over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations. The report also features a special section on foundation giving to Puerto Rico. It can be downloaded at no charge from the Gain Knowledge area of the Foundation Center's web site and at Hispanics in Philanthropy's web site.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

About Hispanics in Philanthropy
HIP is a transnational network of more than 600 grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas. The HIP network connects and convenes funders, nonprofits, researchers, and other leaders to identify emerging needs among Latinos as well as best practices for responsive and effective funding of social change. HIP trailblazes new philanthropic models by leading collaborative initiatives and has provided grants and training to help build the capacity of more than 500 organizations and leaders, including afterschool programs, Latino arts centers, immigrant rights advocates, LGBT Latino leaders, housing for Latino older adults, neighborhood health centers, grassroots community organizers, multiservice organizations in rural areas, and economic development in Latin America. For more information, please visit

This press release was updated on February 8, 2012.