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“We Are Philanthropy,” a collection of short films that feature inspiring and diverse donors, will appear on the D5 blog over the next few months. Produced by D5 and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the films highlight how diverse philanthropists bring their life experiences to their philanthropy as they strive to achieve community impact.

 

The third film profile in our series features, Carmen Castellano of San Jose, California. When Carmen and her husband Alcario won $141 million in the California lottery in 2001, they founded the Castellano Family Foundation which is dedicated to the cultivation and enrichment of community, family, social change, empathy, and integrity through support of organizations promoting Latino arts and culture, Latino leadership, and the educational pursuits of Latino students.

Carmen and Alcario had long been active philanthropists in their community, giving time, talent, and treasure, but this windfall allowed them to take their philanthropy to a new level.  Carmen has been a keynote speaker, plenary panelist, and workshop presenter at numerous local, state and national conferences and convenings. She promotes the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy and pushes audiences to move beyond a limited view of who is a philanthropist. She says, “The reason I go public is I want to show the brown face of philanthropy.”

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“We Are Philanthropy,” a collection of short films that feature inspiring and diverse donors, will appear on the D5 blog over the next few months. Produced by D5 and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the films highlight how diverse philanthropists bring their life experiences to their philanthropy as they strive to achieve community impact.

 

This film features Maria Bechily, a philanthropist based in Chicago which has been her home since she left Cuba as a refugee in 1961. Maria is the founder of one of the first public relations and marketing agencies to target Hispanics in Chicago. She is also a former board member of the Chicago Community Trust, and the co-founder of Nuestro Futuro, an identity-focused fund at the Chicago Community Trust. Despite her deep and long-standing commitment to giving back to the community, Maria says, “To this day, I feel humbled… when I’m called a philanthropist.”


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“We Are Philanthropy,” a collection of short films that feature inspiring and diverse donors, will appear on the D5 blog over the next few months. Produced by D5 and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the films highlight how diverse philanthropists bring their life experiences to their philanthropy as they strive to achieve community impact.

 

This film features Ana Valdez, a philanthropist and political and media consultant based in Los Angeles. Ana uses the “pain from seeing the gap between the haves and have-nots” while growing up in Mexico to fuel her philanthropy. We spoke with Ana about what shapes her philanthropy and where she would like to see the field go.


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The Chronicle of Philanthropy is hosting a webinar on September 11, 2014, on engaging and attracting Hispanic donors. Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez, Regional Development Director at Catholic Relief Services and independent researcher, and Damaris Montalvo, Business Development Supervisor at Russ Reid, will share key research findings on Hispanic giving and offer strategies for success with Hispanic donors.

This webinar will also focus on creative and effective fundraising appeals that resonate with Hispanic donors, as well as relationship building with your donors.

If one of your Take 5 actions is to recruit diverse donors, this webinar will be a great resource to help you to take action!

For more information and registration please click here.

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