Orson Aguilar, Executive Director
The Greenlining Institute
June 19, 2012
Thank you for allowing me to speak to you today on an important topic. The Greenlining Institute is a California based research, advocacy, and leadership institute focused on improving the lives of people of color. Our mission is simple — to ensure that all American’s have a fair shot to fullfill their economic potential.
America has a philanthropy problem. Simply stated, we are not investing in America. And most importantly, we are not investing in the future of America. As we all know, the majority of American babies born today are of color. Most of the new births today are in fact Latino babies.
As you will hear today, Latinos are not getting their fair share of philanthropic dollars. Reports such as the one recently released by Hispanics in Philanthropy are important because they remind us that much progress can and must be made. We need to measure philanthropy going to Latinos and other communities on a regular basis. As they say, what isn’t measured doesn’t matter. If you don’t measure something, you will not make progress.
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