Nuestro Futuro

Supporting Latinos From their Earliest Years

Leaders of the region’s Latino community united with the Trust in Nuestro Futuro – “Our Future.” This initiative enables the Latino community to pool resources for greater impact in addressing problems of common concern. Nuestro Futuro’s goals are to involve more Latinos in philanthropy, and to support the organizations and programs improving the quality of life of Latinos in metropolitan Chicago. In the last 10 years, Nuestro Futuro has granted more than $2 million to support capacity building and community-based early care and educational programs that help provide the foundation for the academic excellence of Latino children.

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To support Nuestro Futuro, you can make a gift to Latino Heritage Endowment Fund. Donors pool their resources in this endowment for greater giving power. You can donate online using a credit card, or contact us for other options.

You can also start an individual fund. Families, groups or individuals establish their own funds to ensure that programs advancing the Latino community thrive into the future. Contact us to learn about starting your personalized charitable fund.

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Antonio Martinez, Jr., Director of Development

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Nuestro Futuro is currently accepting applications for grants to provide program support in early childhood education for Latino children from birth through age six.

According to the Latino Policy Forum, Latino children—who represent one in every four students in Illinois schools—face obstacles in obtaining a quality education. Before children enter kindergarten, a six-month education gap exists between Latino students and their peers and it continues to grow as only one-third of Latinos enroll in preschool programs due to limited access. Nuestro Futuro is committed to making key investments that will have long term and lasting impact. It will seed, foster and support community-based early care and educational programs that provide the foundation for the educational excellence of Latino children in the Chicago region.

Early childhood education programs should focus on children ages 0-6 and have an established school readiness curriculum that covers aspects of development including social, emotional, cognitive, physical, cultural and linguistic. Support in the past has also included resources for bilingual staff and parent engagement programs in early learning.

Grants will range up to $10,000.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, or must have a minimum of three board members and have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant
  • Must serve residents in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and/or Will Counties in Illinois
  • Must serve a clientele that is at least 51% Latino through its services
  • Must provide early care and education (birth through age six)
  • Must have a budget no larger than $10 million

Applications must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2017. To learn more and begin your application, please log into GrantCentral.