Past Events

10th Annual Latino Community Donor Awards
Friday, December 7, 2007, National Museum of Mexican Art

Innovation Award


L to R: Terry Mazany, Carlos Tortolero and Marty Castro

Latino Giving Circle and Nuestro Futuro Fund

Initiatives of The Chicago Community Trust

The Latino Giving Circle (LGC) and Nuestro Futuro Fund (NFF), initiatives developed by The Chicago Community Trust (CCT), are philanthropic resources established to ensure that institutions committed to advancing the Latino community will thrive well into the future.  Established in 2003 by Chicago Latino community leaders, NFF focuses on supporting the growth and well-being of Chicago’s Latino community and increasing the participation of Chicago area Latinos in organized philanthropy. Since its inception, the NFF has awarded over $389,000 in grants to Latino organizations. The LGC is a donor-advised fund of the CCT and NFF which was designed and led by Latinos to encourage interested individuals to pool their charitable dollars, thereby increasing the resources available to Latino communities in the Chicago metropolitan area.  The LGC is comprised of over 50 individuals and has awarded $10,000 in grants since its inception.




L to R: Mona and Gloria Castillo

Mona and Gloria Castillo

Mona and Gloria Castillo, have touched the lives of many Latinos through their support of education, Latinas, youth programs, business mentorship, and fair housing.  Their contributions have benefited various Chicago Latino organizations, including the Latino Education Association, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Latinos United, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Mexican American Political Action Committee.  For nearly 50 years, Mona has effectively blended her public role of securing governmental and private donations, along with her personal donations, to benefit Latino youth, businesses and religious missions, such as the Chicago Community Trust’s Nuestro Futuro Fund and the Shrine of St. Jude in the Pilsen neighborhood.  For over 20 years, her daughter Gloria, President of Chicago United, has followed her mother’s footsteps of giving back to Latino communities and organizations.  One of Gloria’s longstanding philanthropic commitments has been to Latina development through her annual giving to Mujeres Latinas en Acción. She holds a strong belief that contributing to scholarship funds is an important part of giving, which led to the co-establishment of a scholarship fund for Latinas early in her career.



L to R: Jesse Ruiz, Karina Ayala-Bemejo (LCDA Co-Chair) and Michele Ruiz

Jesse and Michele Ruiz

Jesse and Michele Ruiz possess a strong tradition of philanthropy and community service, which was instilled by their respective parents.  Despite their busy legal practices (Jesse is a corporate partner at Drinker Biddle Gardner Carton and Michele is a hedge fund partner at Sidley Austin LLP), both have found time to provide pro bono legal services to many Latino clients.  Jesse has been actively involved in the Latino community - serving on the boards of numerous organizations including Erie Neighborhood House, MALDEF, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Heartland Alliance.  Michele serves as co-chair of the Alliance of Latinos and Jews, is actively involved with Kanoon Magnet Elementary School in Pilsen, and organized a book drive for a CPS early childhood literacy program, Padres-A- Padres.  In addition to their financial support of these and other organizations which serve the Latino community, Jesse and Michele personally donated nearly 600 books and workbooks (many Spanish language) last year to CPS programs that foster literacy and building home libraries for at-risk Latino children.



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