The Latino Coalition for Community Leadership operates as a national intermediary to give voice, leadership and resources to nonprofits in marginalized communities meeting the needs of individuals and families. By strengthening organizations in disadvantaged communities we help grow and sustain vital program opportunities and community leadership that is transforming lives.
- To provide more access and narrow the gap between major federal and state public dollars for big enterprises vs. effective grassroots services.
- To increase the capacity of nonprofits that are effectively serving marginalized communities of color.
- To provide capacity building and technical assistance that educates and improves the skill level of grassroots nonprofits for long-term sustainability.
- Provide training for program and fiscal infrastructure.
- Provide organizational leadership and staff development.
- Assist nonprofits in gaining more access to the wider systems of workforce development, justice system, and policy-making system.
- To raise more awareness amongst the funding community on the purpose and value of the intermediary role in organizational development, data documentation, and fiscal management.
- Develop revenue streams from the different funding sectors.
Many in our industry misunderstand intermediary organizations as a “pass-through” mechanism for funding. This is a myth. Rather, the funding we provide serves to open a door of opportunity to form a true partnership of coaching and servant-leadership that builds the capacity and sustainability of sub-grantee organizations. Our services include:
- Reaching out to low-income areas to find effective nonprofits meeting the needs of individuals and families.
- Providing hands-on Bidder’s Conferences where nonprofits can meet us, ask questions, receive technical assistance in proposal preparation, and apply for Federal funding heretofore inaccessible to them.
- Our “on the ground” Regional Directors meet on a regular basis with each sub-grantee to tailor their programs, processes and budgets to ensure performance that meets the grant criteria and outcome metrics desired by funding agencies.
- We provide professional training for sub-grantee staff to increase their education and professional expertise in case management, data collection and data entry, fiscal documentation and record keeping, client assessment and participant service plans, and many other practical program trouble shooting services as they arise.
- We seek out and partner with employer companies and contract with them to provide hard skills job training for the participants enrolled in our programs by each our sub-grantee organizations.
- We conduct managerial/administrative site visits to build relationships of trust as our means of developing social capital—a vital part of ensuring compliance, accountability, and excellence in performance.
- We send out our fiscal team to answer fiscal questions and provide hands on coaching on financial management and invoice reimbursement documentation—always an important aspect of long-term sustainability for all nonprofits.
Summary of Statistical Highlights & Accomplishments:
- Over the past 12 years the LCCL has partnered with the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Justice and, more recently, the State of Colorado.
- As a national intermediary the LCCL has successfully managed over 30 million dollars in federal and state grant funds.
- To date, we have provided sub-grants to over 100 community and faith based organizations in 30 cities in 8 states.
- The LCCL’s effective use of data systems is well documented in formal evaluations and governmental monitoring reviews. This practice provides data for performance management, fiscal accountability and program improvement.
- The LCCL has demonstrated strong performance and the ability to penetrate deep within marginalized communities of color (primarily Latino and African American) to effect measureable impact on the organizations we fund and the people they serve.
Programs – Parents on a Mission
Parents on a Mission (POM) contends that the best action for communities—seeking to prevent children from choosing negative lifestyles—is to invest in the development of strong parent leadership, rather than trying to replace parents with youth programs.
- POM develops parent leadership in the home by certifying community leaders in a three-day training who then implement the leadership curriculum for parents over a six-week period.
- The LCCL has trained hundreds of community leaders in several States that have implemented the six-week POM curriculum to thousands of parents since 2007.
- As with any social service model—it has been difficult to quantify the positive impact and family transformations we have witnessed throughout the years. Although we do have some data via pre/post testing, our greatest satisfaction—and measurement of success—comes from the countless testimonials our POM leaders receive and share with us as they continue to empower the personal growth of parents and their leadership capacity in the home.