Non-profit

Latino Engagement Fund (Democracy Alliance)

Type:

Voter Mobilization Group

Project of:

New Venture Fund

Democracy Alliance

The Latino Engagement Fund is a center-left voter mobilization group created by the Democracy Alliance, a network of highly influential funders within the Democratic Party and the political Left. The Democracy Alliance itself generally coordinates funding strategies rather than engaging in grantmaking; consequently, the Latino Engagement Fund itself is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funding and fiscal sponsorship provider. [1]

The Latino Engagement Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) “sister” affiliate of the Latino Engagement Fund, and a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.

Political Activities

According to a 2016 report by the Democracy Alliance, both the Latino Engagement Fund and the Latino Engagement Action Fund promote voter mobilization efforts that aim to increase voter turnout and political engagement among Latino Americans, with the explicit intention to develop progressive Latino leaders. The funds used a number of state-based allies to target the following states:

Arizona

  • One Arizona

Colorado

Florida

Nevada

North Carolina

Virginia

Leadership

The funds share an advisory board consisting of Jee Kim, a program officer for the Ford Foundation; Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, special assistant to the executive director of the National Education Association; Julie Kohler, senior adviser to the Democracy Alliance; Katherine Peck, senior vice president for the Civic Participation Action FundSteve Phillips, Democracy in Color founder, Center for American Progress senior fellow, and a Democracy Alliance member; Rocio Saenz, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); and Michael Podhorzer, political director for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Dave Montez, the director of the Latino Engagement Fund and the Latino Engagement Action Fund, is listed as the group’s contact.

Funding

According to a 2016 Democracy Alliance report, the Latino Engagement Fund raised approximately $1,140,000 and had expenditures of $1,120,000. The Latino Engagement Action Fund had revenues of $890,000 and had expenditures of $62,000. [2]

References

  1. “Democracy Alliance 2020 Investment Portfolio.” Democracy Alliance. Published Fall 2016. Accessed May 1, 2019. Available: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/04/Democracy-Alliance-2020-Investment-Portfolio-Report.pdf ^
  2. “Democracy Alliance 2020 Investment Portfolio.” Democracy Alliance. Published Fall 2016. Accessed May 1, 2019. Available: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/04/Democracy-Alliance-2020-Investment-Portfolio-Report.pdf ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Julie Kohler
    Advisory Board Member
  2. Jee Kim
    Advisory Board Member
  3. Daaiyah Bilal-Threats
    Advisory Board Member
  4. Katherine Peck
    Advisory Board Member
  5. Rocio Saenz
    Advisory Board Member
  6. Michael Podhorzer
    Advisory Board Member
  7. Steven Phillips
    Advisory Board Member
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