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AUSTIN, Texas – The Hispanic Impact Fund at Austin Community Foundation announced today six local nonprofits were chosen to receive a combined total of $180,000 for programs aimed at improving the economic security of Hispanic and Latino communities in Central Texas.

The Hispanic Impact Fund is a giving network led by the Foundation to support the economic security and advancement of Hispanic Central Texans through data-informed grantmaking. The fund brings together individuals and companies to learn about critical issues in the region, pool their giving and choose causes to support through an annual vote.

This year, grants were awarded to three emerging nonprofits and three established nonprofits for programs that focus on early childhood education, health and wellness, and job skills and entrepreneurship. The grant winners include:

Early Childhood Education

  • AVANCE-Austin, $50,000
  • Todos Juntos, $10,000

Health & Wellness

  • Catholic Charities of Central Texas, $50,000
  • Vela, $10,000

Job Skills & Entrepreneurship

  • Grameen America, $50,000
  • Economic Growth Business Incubator, $10,000

“The 2019 partners are a diverse group of nonprofits with varied approaches, but with a common goal: to increase opportunities for Hispanics and Latinos in Central Texas,” Mike Nellis, chief executive officer, Austin Community Foundation, said. “We’re excited to support the work of Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations to make Central Texas a better place for everyone.”

The Hispanic Impact Fund was established in 2017 to leverage the assets, resilience and strength of the Central Texas Latino community to invest in nonprofit solutions. The Hispanic Impact Fund is a key strategy in the Foundation’s effort to close the opportunity gap in Central Texas.