Year in Review 2020
A message from our Executive Director:
Amplify Latinx has done incredible work this year, from research, advocacy, coalition-building and educational covenings that have grown our network to over 4,500 Latino leaders and 150 partner organizations. You can learn more about the impact of our work in our year end appeal. This work would not have been possible without our donors and sponsors.
Since our launch three years ago, Amplify Latinx has become a key convener, connector, and influencer on the issues facing the Massachusetts Latino community. In 2020, we advanced economic opportunity, leadership representation and civic engagement.
Here is a review of what we accomplished together with you during this past year!
APRIL | We partnered with the Foundation for Business Equity, the Boston Foundation, BECMA, CommonWealth Kitchen and Ujima Boston to launch the Business Equity COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide $1 million in recoverable grants to businesses owned by people of color, including a Cafecito event & webinar.
OCTOBER | In celebration of the culmination of Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 -October 15) we hosted a festive gathering honoring our 2020 Amplifiers – Latineando. Awarded $1,000 grant to help further non-profit Community Partner work and presented live music with a virtual culinary experience.
Investing in our Shared Future: Solidarity and Sustainability for the 21st Century Latino Community Organizations
Amplify Latinx jointly released two studies on the Latino nonprofit sector in the Commonwealth that highlight the critical role that Latino CBOs play in supporting and empowering the growing Latino community with culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate services and programming. Amplify Latinx and Greater Boston Latino Network commissioned two complementary research reports on Latino nonprofits to understand the landscape of Latino-led community-based organizations (CBOs), their services areas, strengths, and needs. Amplify Latinx and the Gastón Institute partnered to gather data about the current Latino non-profit organizations in Massachusetts and establish a benchmark that would allow an assessment of the strengths of the specific services provided by these non-profits to Latino communities across the state. As part of the research, Gastón developed a first-of-its-kind mapping of the Latino nonprofit organizations in MA, and a report with recommendations to build the sustainability and longevity of the sector.
Concurrently, GBLN conducted a separate report on Latinx-led nonprofits in Boston to dive deeper and better understand the challenges facing this sector based on key voices. The GBLN study provides a unique view on the collectivity of the Greater Boston-based organizations and how these organizations have emerged as vital in assisting Latinx residents and others to meet challenges related to education and housing inequality, economic inequalities and poverty, anti-immigrant policies and sentiments.
The reports found that the Latino nonprofit sector and their central contributions to Latino communities and overall civic life remains invisible to many power brokers and philanthropy in Massachusetts, in spite of expanding demands due to the exponential demographic growth of Latinos in Massachusetts.
Read the reports here:
2020 LATINX AMPLIFIERS
In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Amplify Latinx celebrated the work of 30 risk-takers, quiet disruptors, and outspoken advocates leading social change by amplifying in our communities. We sought nominations of individuals in the Arts & Culture, Business, Education, Government and Politics, and the Non-Profit sectors. We received over 100 nominations and were blown away by the impact the nominees are making in our community. The final honorees were selected by a diverse panel of judges representing the five industry sectors above. We honored them during the virtual celebration Latineando 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched new virtual programming, a COVID-19 Resources Guide, and increased our advocacy for economic access and emergency resources for Latino-owned businesses impacted by the crisis.
- We helped over 75 Latino-owned businesses and entrepreneurs apply for federal PPP funding as part of the MA PPP Equitable Access Initiative.
- We partnered with the Foundation for Business Equity, the Boston Foundation, BECMA, CommonWealth Kitchen and Ujima Boston to launch the Business Equity COVID-19 Emergency Fund (BECEF) to provide $1 million in recoverable grants to businesses owned by people of color. Learn More
- We led a statewide small business survey conducted by MassINC Polling Group to identify the impacts of COVID-19. Sixty business service organizations joined us to distribute the survey, which received over 1800 responses. The survey was used to advocate for increased federal and state funding and resources.
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