Latino Giving Circle

Who We Are

The Latino Giving Circle’s mission is to support organizations, initiatives, and programs created by and for the Latino community to meet their needs and empower Latinos in the greater Rochester area. By facilitating and building a meaningful network of committed members, the Latino Giving Circle will inspire and assist projects geared towards improving the quality of life of those in nuestra comunidad.

What is a Giving Circle?

A giving circle is a group of like-minded individuals who pool their money each year and decide together how it should be distributed.

We appreciate your financial support as well as willingness to serve on the steering committee to direct grantmaking or assist with recruiting new members.

Our Leadership

The Latino Giving Circle is led by a Steering Committee with two co-chairs:

Daisy Rivera-Algarin, City of Rochester Neighborhood Service Centers’ director and a founder of Latinas Unidas

Yolanda Rios, an elder law attorney and board member for the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester & Finger Lakes

Margaret Sanchez, a former Community Foundation board member, is serving as a consultant to the committee.

About Our Logo

The giving circle logo was created by Penfield High School student Leah Ormaechea. Her inspiration was flags of the Latin American countries — and each color she chose is found in the flags of at least three countries. She believes that together, the colors symbolize the diverse backgrounds of Latinos across our community. The rising bird symbolizes Latinos’ perseverance and resilience in the face of hardship, pride in our heritage and identity, and optimism for the community’s future.


For more information about the Latino Giving Circle, email Annette Jiménez Gleason.

All members of the Latino Giving Circle will have voting rights as donors at the following annual giving levels (which can be paid in installments):

  • $250
  • $500
  • $1,000+

Gifts of any size are appreciated. To join, simply contribute to the Latino Giving Circle Fund here.

Half of all gifts to the Latino Giving Circle Fund are endowed for the future, and the other half support immediate community needs through grants. All contributions are tax deductible.

The Latino Giving Circle will have a steering committee to advise on grantmaking. New committees will be formed upon launch of the circle.