Funding Benefiting Latinos/Hispanics Holds Steady, Study Finds
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Posted by: Cindy Verity
From: Philanthropy News Digest
Over the past decade, U.S. foundation support for programs benefiting
Hispanics and Latinos has held steady at approximately 1 percent of
overall foundation funding, even as the Hispanic population in the
country has grown significantly, a new report from the Foundation Center finds.
According to Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and for Latin America
(21 pages, PDF), total grant funding targeting Latinos in the United
States between 2007 and 2009 averaged about $206 million a year, while
funding for Latin America averaged roughly $350 million annually. Human
services (27 percent) and health (26 percent) captured the largest share
of grant dollars awarded for Latinos in the U.S., while Mexico and
Brazil did the same for grants targeting Latin America.
The report, the product of a collaboration between the Foundation Center and Hispanics in Philanthropy,
found that the top ten funders awarding grants for Latinos in the U.S.
from 2007 to 2009 accounted for nearly 40 percent of grant dollars, and
that recipients in the West received the largest share (42 percent) of
foundation funds intended to benefit Hispanics, with 80 percent of that
funding going to California-based organizations.
The report also found that roughly half the funding for Latin America
went directly to organizations in Latin American nations, while the
other half was awarded through U.S.-based international programs, and
that the largest share of grant dollars was awarded in the area of the
environment (33 percent), followed by international affairs (20