When crisis hits, those living in poverty feel the impact first and worst. According to a recent CAP report, only 16% of Latino workers are able to work from home compared with 30% of white workers. At the same time, in California, Latino communities face the largest digital divide- merely 55% of low-income Latino families have broadband at home so our students are being left behind as school transitions online. Furthermore, fears of increased immigration enforcement, deportation, and the public charge may deter undocumented families from even getting tested or seeking medical care related to COVID-19.
Together they are home to over half a million undocumented immigrants in California. They represent heads of households, members of mixed status families, and are an important component of the fabric of California. They live in counties like Fresno, where 35.1% of Latino residents live in poverty.
Families rely on the frontline organizations who work every day to support and uplift the community. Yet, long before the pandemic began, Latino-led organizations experienced immense philanthropic inequity. A meager 1.1% of grantmaking dollars are invested in Latino orgs with huge funding gaps especially in the Central Valley, Inland Empire and other rural regions of the state. California funders invest around $2.6 billion annually, but only 2% reach the Central Valley. Many foundations are taking quick action, but are often focused on their current portfolio of grantees which too often leaves out our grassroots leaders.
Latino Community Foundation’s Love Not Fear Fund is a response to the global pandemic that channels critical funds to Latino-led organizations serving California’s most vulnerable communities- our elders, undocumented, farmworkers, and working-class families in the Central Valley and Inland Empire.
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