The Comcast Foundation and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights
and advocacy organization in the United States, announced that the Comcast Foundation will invest in a new NCLR effort to build the capacity of eight NCLR affiliates around the United States. Each affiliate will receive a
three-year grant to support program and advocacy initiatives to strengthen the Latino community.
The Comcast Foundation grantees will be chosen by NCLR through a competitive process from among its Affiliates in the 36 states that Comcast serves. The grants will help NCLR Affiliate partners to build organizational and programmatic capacity in health, education, community development, workforce development, advocacy, and civic engagement.
"This significant grant comes at a strategic moment for NCLR given that we have recently completed our Affiliate Member Services Business Plan," said Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO at the Affiliate Forum, a gathering of NCLR Affiliates at the NCLR 2006 Annual Conference. "Affiliates are cornerstones in the progress needed to advance the quality of life for Latinos and improve our nation as a whole. The Comcast Foundation support will help NCLR and our Affiliate partners in our efforts to ensure that the American dream is possible for all Latinos."
Over the next nine months, NCLR will roll out the request process; each Affiliate will receive a grant totaling up to $75,000 over three years to build its capacity to engage in program and policy work on behalf of Latinos.
"We are pleased to lend our support to NCLR's newly expanded Affiliate Member Services program," said David L. Cohen, executive vice president for Comcast and chairman of the Comcast Foundation. "This grant program reflects the importance to us of supporting organizations that contribute to the quality of life in Hispanic American communities that we serve across the nation."
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) -- the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States -- works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly
300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas -- assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has operations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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