In 2008, Latino nonprofit leaders in the state of Minnesota told us that they were often unable to apply knowledge gained at workshops due to understaffing, under-funding, and inability to afford services of expert consultants.

Responding to this need, TCLI created the Minnesota Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy (MN LNLA) in partnership with Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER), MAFO and a 39-member Minnesota Latino Advisory Committee–local Latino nonprofit leaders committed to statewide Latino community building.  The Minnesota Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy was conducted from 2009 – 2013.

Thirty-three leaders representing 11 Latino-led nonprofit organizations in Minnesota participated in the Academy. All participants attended leadership workshops, received on-site consulting at their organization, and were provided with mentoring and coaching tailored to the specific needs of each nonprofit.

About the Participants

  • 83% of Academy participants were next generation leaders between the ages of 20-39 years of age and 56% are women.
  • A majority of organizations (65%) provided human services to families and children, 18% education and youth services, 16% immigration related programs.
  • Over 60% of participating Minnesota organizations provided their services and operate on budgets of less than $80,000 with less than 4 staff.

Organizational Outcomes

  • 100% of participants increased their access to a broader range of networks.
  • 100% of organizations developed their skills in the areas of fundraising, leadership/management practices, and strategic planning.
  • 72% of organizations expanded their programs.
  • 72% of organizations developed new income streams.

By building the capacity of Latino community building organizations and their leaders, The Center for Leadership Innovation and its statewide partners strengthened Minnesota’s Latino nonprofit leaders’ readiness to meet the challenges presented by the economic downturn and improve the likelihood that these organizations were able to continue to provide services to growing Latino populations with even greater needs.

Minnesota Participating Organizations

  • Casa Guadalupe Hispanic Ministry, Cold Spring
  • Centro Campesino, Owatonna
  • Centro Cultural Fargo-Moorhead, Moorhead
  • Club Cuernavaca Axochiapan, Minneapolis
  • HACER, Minneapolis
  • Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, Red Wing
  • La Conexión, Minneapolis
  • Latino Economic Development Center, Minneapolis
  • Perseverancia, St. Cloud
  • Welcome Center, Austin
  • Wilmar Area Multicultural Market, Wilmar

Local Funders

  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • St. Paul Traveler’s Foundation
  • Northwest Area Foundation