Updated September 2017
September 15th, the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month is a way to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens who have Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean and Central or South American origin. According to the most recent Census, approximately 18% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin. In an effort to pay tribute to Hispanic Americans, Diversity Best Practices has compiled a list of key organizations serving the Latino community.
Information about additional organizations is available in WOW!Facts.
Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA)
The Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies aims to grow, strengthen and protect the Hispanic marketing and advertising industry by providing leadership in raising awareness of the value of the Hispanic market opportunities and enhancing the professionalism of the industry.
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in accounting, finance and related professions. ALPFA is a not-for-profit entity registered with the Internal Revenue Service.
The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children (CHFC)
The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children aims to improve the quality of life for Hispanic children and families. CHFC has developed and implemented programs that meet the needs of low-income Hispanic families and children in such critical areas as youth development, child care, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, immigrant services, public policy and advocacy.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is to develop the next generation of Hispanic leaders. Its vision is an educated and civically active Hispanic community that participates at the local, state and federal policy decision-making levels. CHCI seeks to accomplish its mission by offering educational and leadership development programs, services and activities that promote the growth of participants as effective professionals and strong leaders. In the spirit of building coalitions, CHCI seeks to establish partnerships with other Hispanic and non-Hispanic organizations.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and University is a national organization representing the accredited colleges and universities in the United States where Hispanic students constitute at least 25 percent of the total student enrollment.
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) strives to ensure that participation of the Hispanic community in corporate America is commensurate with Hispanic purchasing power. Responsible corporations endeavor to include Hispanics in employment, procurement, philanthropy and corporate governance.
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
The Hispanic National Bar Association is the incorporated, nonprofit, national association of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors and law students committed to promoting the goals and objectives of the association. The HNBA has been the principal force behind the increased representation of Hispanics in all sectors of the legal profession, and has served as the legal voice for Hispanics for more than 20 years.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national nonprofit organization with the principal objective of protecting and promoting the civil rights of U.S. Latinos through litigation, advocacy, educational outreach and the awarding of law scholarships.
National Association for Hispanic Elderly (ANPPM)
The National Association for Hispanic Elderly was founded to inform policy makers and the general public about the status and needs of elderly Hispanics and other low-income elderly. The organization provides direct social services and training and technical assistance to community groups and professionals in the field of aging. It also produces and distributes bilingual information on the Hispanic elderly.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The association strives to organize and provide mutual support for Hispanics involved in the gathering or dissemination of news, encourage and support the study and practice of journalism and communications by Hispanics, foster and promote the fair treatment of Hispanics by the media, further the employment and career development of Hispanics in the media and foster a greater understanding of Hispanic media professionals’ special cultural identity, interests and concerns.
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials empowers Hispanics to participate fully in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. NALEO carries out this mission by developing and implementing programs that promote the integration of Hispanic immigrants into American society, developing future leaders among Hispanic youth, providing assistance and training to the nation’s Hispanic elected and appointed officials and by conducting research on issues important to the Hispanic population.
National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza. the country’s largest national constituency-based Hispanic organization, was established to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC)
The mission of the National Hispanic Corporate Council is to provide its member corporations with the resources, market intelligence, collective expertise, education and counsel to implement proven strategies for reaching the Hispanic community externally and leveraging Hispanic talent internally.
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
The National Hispanic Council on Aging addresses issues of health disparities, economic security, abuse and victimization of the elderly and their families and builds affordable housing for the elderly.
National Hispanic Institute (NHI)
The National Hispanic Institute targets top Hispanics in high school and college and conducts creative leadership training to develop students’ self-marketing, networking, college planning and organizational development skills.
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
The mission of the National Hispanic Medical Association is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. As a rapidly growing national resource based in the nation’s capital, NHMA provides policymakers and health care providers with expert information and support in strengthening health service delivery to Hispanic communities across the nation. This organization represents 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States.
The National Institute for Latino Policy
The National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) (formerly the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan policy center established in 1982. One of the leading think tanks in the Latino community utilizing an action research model, NiLP is involved in a wide range of policy issues affecting the Latino community.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs is a nonprofit organization that serves 28 chapters and 6,000 members in the United States and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.
Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE)
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles, was formed as a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute was founded as an independent, nonprofit research organization to foster sound public policies and programs relevant to the Hispanic community.
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to bringing the issues and concerns of the nation’s more than 2 million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda. Throughout its nearly 25-year history, the USHCC has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with international heads of state, members of Congress and the current White House administration. Through its network of more than 150 local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the organization effectively communicates the needs and potential of the Hispanic enterprise to the public and private sector.