Latinos in Development was founded by Juan Calixto and Maria Socorro Pesqueira to facilitate communication among Latinos in the fundraising profession. They recognized that there were professional Latino fundraisers, but not a forum where they could network and focus on professional development and Latino philanthropy in Chicago. On March 3, 1997, the first meeting was held that led to the birth of LID. Since then, LID has grown its membership to include fundraising professionals from various nonprofit organizations, as well as consultants. In 2006, LID underwent a strategic planning process that led to the election of its first board of directors in 2007, and began the process of incorporation.