HACR’s Coalition Members consist of 14 national Hispanic organizations that form the backbone of HACR and whose executive directors, presidents and CEOs serve as board members to the organization.
HACR’s Coalition Members reflect the voice of more than 60 million Hispanics living in the United States and Puerto Rico, serving diverse communities through advocacy, education, representation, assistance, capacity building, public policy support, resource development, and the exertion of political influence.
HACR Coalition Members work with more than 1,500 affiliate community-based organizations serving the Hispanic community in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, including more than 450 institutions of higher learning enrolling three out of every four U.S. Hispanic college students, and 400 publications with a combined circulation of more than 10 million.
The AGIF, founded in 1948, is a federally chartered veteran's family organization composed of 500 chapters in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to maintain advocacy for American Military Veterans of Hispanic decent. Though predominantly Hispanic, the AGIF is a fully interracial U.S. veterans and family organization. AGIF has been actively involved in various issues important to the Hispanic community including employment, housing, civil rights, women's programs and youth activities. It engages in outreach programs providing leadership and networking opportunities to its members and helps by furthering their education, advancing their employment, and promoting and recognizing their accomplishments.
The ASPIRA Association Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. ASPIRA takes its name from the Spanish verb aspirar, "aspire." Since 1961 ASPIRA has pursued its mission of empowering the Latino community through the education and leadership development of its youth. With community-based offices in cities in eight states and Puerto Rico, and a combined budget of over $110 million per year, ASPIRA's 2,400 full-time staff work with over 85,000 youth and their families each year to develop the potential of young Latinos, so they will become educated, committed leaders. Since its inception, ASPIRA has been a youth-focused and youth-driven organization. Young Latinos are fully represented in every aspect of ASPIRA's governance, decision making, and programs.
For over five decades, the core of ASPIRA has been the ASPIRA Leadership Clubs in schools. In the clubs, and following the "ASPIRA Process," students themselves drive their educational and leadership development. ASPIRA also operates a host of after-school programs for youth, including guidance-counseling, mentoring, tutoring, academic enrichment, college-prep and parental engagement, and community education programs. Ranked as one of the largest Latino organizations in the United States, ASPIRA is engaged in the operation of elementary, middle, and high-school level charter schools across the country. ASPIRA currently operates 13 charter schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, and Puerto Rico. ASPIRA is also considered a leader in providing access to technology and technology training to Latino communities nationwide. Over 95 percent of Aspirantes complete high school and over 90 percent enter college.
ASPIRA is recognized as a leader in advocating for a better education of Latinos. With the 1974 ASPIRA Consent Decree in New York City, the second most important court decision in the United States related to bilingual education, ASPIRA has contributed to transforming the education of Latinos in the largest school district in the country.
Since its founding, ASPIRA has provided over half a million youth with the personal resources they need to remain in school, go on to college, and contribute to their community. Most mainland Puerto Ricans leaders today in government and the corporate sector were encouraged by ASPIRA during their adolescence.
The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. Our vision is an educated and civically active Latino community who participates at the local, state, and federal policy decision-making levels. The CHCI is one of the leading Hispanic nonprofit and non-partisan 501(c)(3) organizations in the country. CHCI was established in 1978 by Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. "Kika" de la Garza, and Congressman Baltasar Corrada to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. To fulfill its mission, CHCI offers nationally-recognized educational and leadership development programs, services, and activities that promote the growth of its participants as effective professionals and strong leaders. As CHCI neither solicits nor accepts federal funding, corporations, individuals, and philanthropic foundations provide support for these programs. As the premier national Hispanic educational organization, CHCI has created a pipeline for Latino youth from high school through college, graduate school, and on to the workforce. CHCI's educational programs, services, and activities have an extremely successful record of developing effective Hispanic leaders. Since the Hispanic community is the fastest growing and youngest segment of the U.S. population, CHCI firmly believes it is vitally important that Hispanic youth are provided with the tools necessary to compete in today's rapidly changing environment.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and non-partisan organization. CHLI was founded by members of Congress and corporate executive leaders in 2003 to advance the Hispanic community’s economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. The organization is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. CHLI focuses on preparing and promoting leaders through programs that engage in public service, leadership development, business, and academic excellence. In doing so, CHLI cultivates globally competitive future leaders who will secure our nation’s economic progress.
The Cuban American National Council (CNC) is a nonprofit agency addressing the economic, social, and educational needs of immigrants, minorities, and individuals in need. The Council delivers education, housing, and economic development services through a network of related nonprofit corporations. With more than 30 years of experience in planning, negotiating, and implementing grants and contracts with federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as with major U.S. corporations and charitable foundations, the CNC has employed more than 30,000 people, created more than 1,000 new jobs, awarded more than 50 internships to needy students, published more than 60 policy papers and books, and built new housing units for more than 1,600 people of low and moderate income.
Since its inception in 1986, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)'s mission is to champion Hispanic success in higher education. Its fast-growing membership of 450 colleges and universities, among them 50 international members, includes leaders in educational innovation and effectiveness; they serve nearly two of every three of the more than 3 million Hispanic college students in the United States and enroll a combined total of more than 6 million college students. HACU advocates for greater government and private support for its members institutions and their learning communities, particularly for Hispanic-Serving Institutions; promotes best and promising practices in the education of Hispanics; and partners with government agencies and private companies to meet their needs for talent and increased market share, while also advancing HACU’s goals.
HACU offers early awareness and outreach services, scholarship programs, paid internships in government and the private sector, faculty development programs, leadership training for college administrators, national and international conferences, an online talent-search database (ProTalento), and other programs and services aimed at building capacity for HACU member institutions and increasing Hispanic student success.
With approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 600 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups. Historically, LULAC has focused heavily on education, civil rights, and employment for Hispanics. LULAC councils provide more than half a million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic students each year, conduct citizenship and voter registration drives, develop low income housing units, conduct youth leadership training programs, and seek to empower the Hispanic community at the local, state, and national level.
In addition, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, LULAC's educational arm, provides counseling services to more than 18,000 Hispanic students per year at 16 regional centers. SER Jobs for Progress, LULAC's employment arm, provides job skills and literacy training to the Hispanic community through more than 48 employment training centers located throughout the United States. The LULAC Corporate Alliance, an advisory board of Fortune 500 companies, fosters stronger partnerships between Corporate America and the Hispanic community.
MANA, founded in 1974 by Mexican American women, is the oldest and largest national Latina membership organization in the country with Chapters and Affiliates nationwide. It is the first fully inclusive Latina organization dedicated to advancing the status of all women of Hispanic descent. MANA upholds a mission of Leadership, Service, and Advocacy to guide the national programs through two key initiatives: The first is the AvanZamos® Initiative, which endeavors to develop leadership skills of adult Latinas; advocate for public policies that benefit Latinas and their families; further parity for Hispanics in the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors; and recognize Las Primeras®, Latinas who have achieved firsts that rise to national stature in their respective fields. The second is the Hermanitas® Initiative, which is the only national mentoring program designed specifically for young Latinas ages 11-18. This initiative empowers Latina adolescents by promoting educational achievement and personal enrichment; developing leadership abilities; encouraging cultural identity and awareness; and modeling proactive community involvement. The curriculum was specifically designed to incorporate community, culture, language, family, peers, and schools. MANA has developed initiatives aimed at both adults and students to cultivate an environment of learning and sharing of information across generations, to build sustainable communities.
The National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) serves to promote the interest of over 130 member publications and provides services to over 400 more Hispanic serving publications throughout the United States. Its membership and program participants are drawn from Hispanic print media owners, senior-level editorial and marketing staff, news agencies, and public relations firms. Those media include Hispanic newspapers, magazines, and newsletters published in the United States with combined circulation of more than 20 million. Founded in 1982, NAHP's mission is to promote Hispanic media in the United States, to provide incentives and opportunities for Hispanics in the media, to encourage companies to place advertisements in Hispanic publications, and to conduct research on the roleand development of Hispanic media in the United States. The NAHP'sadvertising and education operations are a one stop shop for delivering your message to America's Hispanic media consumer.
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 Hispanic every 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/investment, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assitance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
The Prospanica was created in 1988 as a nonprofit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization," Prospanica serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. Prospanica works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation's diverse workforce.
SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1964 as a project to address employment and economic concerns and inequities among Hispanics in America. As part of the nation's community organizing agenda to win the "War on Poverty," SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc. was designed into the legislative agenda as an example of an effective community-based employment and training project that could effectively address these issues. For over 50 years, SER has played a key role in the nation's workforce investment system, and today is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as the "premier community-based organization serving the employment needs of the Hispanic community."
SER addresses the education, employment, and economic needs of Hispanics and other underrepresented groups across America. Nationally, SER serves as the administrative arm of the SER Network of Affiliate Partners, and provides assistance to enhance the workforce development capacity of its affiliates through training and technical assistance, program development, research and policy, and fund development. Locally, SER operates community development programs, targeting Hispanics and other underrepresented groups, and also serves the business community.
The SER Network operates in more than 200 cities in 16 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The SER network serves approximately 1 million individuals annually. SER has a strong partnership with Corporate America through the Amigos de SER Business Advisory Council, which provides technical assistance, financial and in-kind support to SER, and employment opportunities for consumers.
Founded in 1979, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USCHH) actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 240 major corporations.
The mission of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) is to fulfill the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education and leadership development and by empowering minorities and similarly disenfranchised groups through civic engagement and research, and by maximizing participation is the electoral process.
USHLI is an award-winning leader in finding and implementing innovative solutions to complex issues that impede Latino access to post-secondary education or training, hinder civic participation, and limit leadership development opportunities. In recognition of its high impact work in these three critical areas, USHLI was selected as the “2012 National Organization of the Year" by Univision Communications, honored in 2013 by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for Excellence in Education, and presented the 2014 Maestro Award by Latino Leaders magazine. USHLI was also recently honored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) for improving higher education; presented the Jaime Escalante Award by the Latino Family and Book Festival for promoting education; and chosen to receive the Keepers of the American Dream Award by the National Immigration Forum for supporting immigrant rights.
Indeed USHLI has distinguished itself as a high-impact major national organization that has compiled an impressive track record: registering 2.2 million new voters, awarding $1.3 million in scholarships and internships, training 650,000 present and future leaders, publishing 425 studies on Latino demographics including its flagship publication The Almanac of Latino Politics, and sponsoring of the largest Latino leadership conference in the nation (over 6,000 participants representing 40 states).
USHLI’s latest innovation is Project CED, Citizens for an Educated Democracy, a non-partisan online civic education “virtual classroom” designed to enable 21.5 million Latino citizens of voting age to better understand the electoral process and register to vote. Similarly, Project SED, Students for an Educated Democracy, will enable over 8.5 million Latino middle school, junior high, and high school students under the age of 17 to learn more about democracy and vote in mock elections.
The goal of USHLI is to help create and cultivate the best educated, socially integrated, gainfully employed, healthy and economically secure, and politically active generation of Latinos and Latino leaders in the history of the United States.