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In 1972, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund was founded by three visionary Latino lawyers – Jorge Batista, Victor Marrero and Cesar Perales to defend the civil rights of Puerto Ricans – then the largest Latino demographic in New York City. As we took on cases protecting voting and education rights and increasing access to civil service jobs, it became clear that our work had national impact. It also became clear that our work benefited all Latinos and not just Puerto Ricans. So in 2008, PRLDEF became LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Since inception, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has been standing strong against tide after tide of injustice directed at Latinos. Our legal victories have improved the lives of Latino families, individuals, students and professionals nationwide. We have educated whole communities, illuminated relevant issues and empowered hundreds of thousands of Latino families to engage in daily civic life, pursue employment and education opportunities, and become leaders.
In 2013, LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched its first-ever Capital Campaign to secure $5 million in multi-year pledges toward three long-term goals:
1) Expand operations into the Southeast - Open and staff a Southeast Regional office to address the growing civil rights and advocacy needs of the fastest-growing population of Latinos in the country. Establish leadership development and legal education/pipeline programs to serve the emerging Latino communities in the region
2) Retire the mortgage on our NYC headquarters - Pay down the remaining mortgage balance, thus freeing $150,000 annually to reinvest in our programs and services
3) Increase cash reserves - Building a cash reserves fund that will help LatinoJustice sustain operations in the wake of unexpected financial strain is critical to the long-term sustainability of our work
Through October 2014, we have raised $3.5 million toward our $5 million goal. Together with our Capital Campaign donors, we can successfully work on Securing the Dream for Latinos for decades to come.
Ways to Give
Cash and Pledges - Gift commitments can be paid outright or over a period of time, and are typically paid over three to five years. This is the most popular way to support an organization during a Capital Campaign.
Securities - Appreciated stock can provide tax advantages to donors. The donor receives credit for the mean value on the date the stock is transferred to a non-profit organization. It is suggested that those making a gift of securities speak with their financial advisor or tax professional.
Planned Gifts - Through a variety of options including bequests, charitable trusts, gift annuities, life insurance, and other vehicles, a donor can make a planned gift, create a will or change an existing will to state that a portion of the estate be given to LatinoJustice PRLDEF after the person dies.
Matching Gifts - Select corporations match or multiply donations made by employees, and in some cases, retired employees.
Foundation - One-time and multi-year grants can be made to support the mission and Capital Campaign goals of LatinoJustice.
Corporate - Corporate gifts according to internal philanthropic guidelines may match the LatinoJustice mission and allow for a pledge to the Capital Campaign.
Leadership Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, and Indrani M. Franchini, Chair, Board of Directors
Steering Committee Indrani M. Franchini, Co-Chair, Maria D. Melendez, Co-Chair; Fernando Bohorquez, Juan Cartagena, Ernest Ceberio , Diana DeJesus-Medina, Maria Fernandez-Williams, William Malpica, David Mehr, John Quiñones, Rosanna Rosado, and Matthew Schwartz
For information, contact: Diana DeJesus-Medina, Director of Development (212) 739-7585, firstname.lastname@example.org