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.


Nuestro Futuro on Comcast Newsmakers

Two women seated on the set of a television news program, smiling at the camera Nuestro Futuro co-founder Adela Cepeda was interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers in June 2018, describing how the group has grown to be the largest Latino-serving fund of its kind in the country. Watch their interview

Celebrating Our 2017 Grant Recipients

Sylvia Zaldivar, Doris Salomon and Antonio Martinez Jr. stand together under a sign reading Nuestro Futuro Grants Reception

On January 23, 2018, friends and supporters of Nuestro Futuro gathered to celebrate this year’s grant recipients.

Nuestro Futuro has awarded $2.2 million in grants to more than 70 nonprofits. This year Nuestro Futuro awarded $140,000 in grants to nine extraordinary organizations working to improve the quality of life of Latino communities across the Chicago region.

At the January reception, The Chicago Community Trust’s president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle announced that Nuestro Futuro has achieved a major milestone by raising $5 million for the Latino Heritage Endowment Fund, making Nuestro Futuro one of the largest Latino funds of its kind in the country.

Fourteen representatives from Nuestro Futuro grant recipient organizations pose for a photograph, smiling

Congratulations to our 2017 grant recipients, working in the areas of early childhood education and immigration:

  • Gads Hill Center
  • El Hogar del Niño
  • Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Partners for Our Communities
  • Spanish Community Center
  • Tuesday’s Child
  • Latino Policy Forum
  • P.A.S.O. West Suburban Action Project



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 funding projects to provide program support in early childhood education for Latino children from birth through age six. Proposals were accepted in late summer 2017, for grants ranging up to $10,000.

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.