When Hispanics Rise, Austin Rises

Austin Community Foundation will host a conversation on Tuesday, Feb. 13 with local leaders about When Hispanics Rise, Austin Rises, a status report on Hispanic families in Central Texas, released this month by the Hispanic Impact Fund at Austin Community Foundation. The discussion will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:45 a.m. at the Seton Administration Office. Register to attend

Panelists include Delia Garza, Austin City Council Member, District 2; Gerardo Interiano, head of external affairs, Southwest U.S. region, Google and co-chair of the Hispanic Impact Fund; Geronimo Rodriguez, chief advocacy officer, Seton Healthcare Family; and Carla Piñyero Sublett, Austin Community Foundation board member and co-chair of the Hispanic Impact Fund. 

The report reveals startling truths for Latino Central Texans:

  • The poverty rate for Hispanics is nearly three times the poverty rate for whites in Travis County.
  • Only 25 percent of low-income Hispanic children enter school kindergarten-ready.
  • Latinos are disproportionately uninsured.

In an effort to invest in the economic security and advancement of local Latinos, Austin Community Foundation launched the Hispanic Impact Fund in 2017 with the help of a $250,000 grant from and additional funding from other companies and supporters. The Fund offers unique opportunities for individuals and companies to invest in data-informed grantmaking to advance Hispanic Central Texans.

Learn more about the Hispanic Impact Fund


Photo courtesy of Casa Marianella