The information below comes from direct quotations found on the organizations' web site. Some of these organizations offer scholarships for post-secondary education.
American GI Forum of the United States - California Chapter
The American GI Forum of the United States is an organization of American military veterans of Hispanic descent.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
"The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. Our vision is an educated and civically active Latino community who 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 Latino and non-Latino organizations."
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
"HOPE is a non-profit, non-partisan, advocacy organization dedicated to furthering the education and participation of Latinas and all other women in the political process. HOPE has anchored itself to the principle that knowledge of the political process coupled with active participation will fuel a powerful and necessary engine of change."
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
"H.A.P.C.O.A., is a national nonprofit organization composed of command-level officers from local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Organized into various chapters nationwide, H.A.P.C.O.A. continues to provide yearly national conferences for training, networking, and establishing relationships and partnerships within the law enforcement profession."
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
"HACU represents more than 300 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain."
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
"HACR's mission is to ensure the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. HACR focuses on four areas of corporate economic activity and refers to them as indicators of corporate responsibility and "Market Reciprocity." They are: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy and Governance."
Hispanic National Bar Association
"The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, non-profit, national association representing the interest of over 25,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the United States and Puerto Rico."
Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors
"Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), is an arts service organization established in 1976 to expand the presence of Hispanic actors in both Latino and mainstream arts and media by facilitating industry access to employing professional and emerging Hispanic actors. HOLA members represent the full spectrum of Latino cultures, reflecting the nation's growing Hispanic population."
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
"The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population."
Hispanic Women's Corporation
"HWC is a model organization, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation known for being a proactive leader in the development of Latina women. HWC empowers Latina women through its commitment to the culture by promoting education, community involvement, professional advancement and leadership development for the improvement of our cultural quality of life."
Inter-University Program for Latino Research
"IUPLR, a consortium of 18 Latino research centers based at major universities across the United States, is the only nationwide university-based research organization bringing together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to conduct policy-relevant research on Latinos. The primary objectives of IUPLR are to expand the pool of scholars and leaders, to strengthen the capacity of Latino research centers, and to facilitate the availability of policy-relevant, Latino-focused research."
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
"LCLAA works with Latino union members to advocate for the rights of all Latino workers and their families at all levels of the American trade union movement and the political process. LCLAA strives to achieve social and economic equality for each and every Latino worker by developing programs that reach out and educate Latino workers about the importance of participating in the political process in order to ensure a strong voice for Latino working families."
Latin Business Association
"The primary purpose of the LBA is to promote the growth of Latino-owned businesses by fostering development opportunities, providing educational workshops, and formulating effective advocacy programs."
League of United Latin American Citizens--LULAC
"With approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 600 LULAC councils nationwide."
MANA: A National Latina Organization
"MANA, empowers Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy. MANA is a national community of Latinas actively working to create a better quality of life for Hispanics."
Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
"MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society."
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
"The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the Nation's oldest and largest network of Hispanic health and human services providers. As the nation's action forum for Hispanic health and well-being, the programs of the Alliance: Inform and mobilize consumers; Support providers in the delivery of quality care; Promote appropriate use of technology; Improve the science base for accurate decision making; and, Promote philanthropy."
National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives
"Our mission is to enhance the excellence and professionalism of the Federal workforce while assuring the fair and equitable delivery of services to the Hispanic American community in housing, justice, economic development, health and employment opportunities."
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
"The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists."
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
"The purpose of this Association (is) to foster the development and improvement of health care for all people and in particular the Hispanic ethnic groups through the concerted efforts of Hispanic / Latino/a Nurses."
National Association of Hispanic Publications
"The National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) is a nonprofit organization representing more than 200 Hispanic Publications serving more than 55 markets in 28 states and Puerto Rico with a combined circulation of over 12 million...Founded in 1982, the mission of the NAHP is to further the excellence, recognition and usage of Hispanic publications in order to serve NAHP members, educate readers and empower the Hispanic community."
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
"The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund is the leading organization that empowers Latinos to participate fully in the America political process, from citizenship to public service. Established in 1981. The NALEO Educational Fund carries out this mission by developing and implementing programs that promote the integration of Latino immigrants into American society, developing future leaders among Latino youth, providing assistance and training to the nation's Latino elected and appointed officials and by conducting research on issues important to the Latino population."
National Council of La Raza
"The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Capacity-building assistance to support and strengthen local Hispanic groups - provided from NCLR's Washington, D.C., headquarters and its field offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico - focuses on resource development, program operations, management, and governance... NCLR's Policy Analysis Center is the preeminent Hispanic "think tank" serving as a voice for Hispanic Americans in Washington, D.C."
National Hispana Leadership Institute
"To develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community and world activism."
National Hispanic Corporate Council
"To serve member companies and their representatives as a principal resource for information, expertise, and counsel on selected Hispanic issues affecting corporate objectives. To advocate for increased employment, leadership, and business opportunities for Hispanics in Corporate America."
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
"The mission of NLIRH is to ensure the fundamental human right to reproductive health for Latinas, their families and their communities through education, advocacy and coalition building."
National Latino Children's Institute
"The National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) is the only national Latino organization that focuses exclusively on children. Incorporated in 1997 in Texas, NLCI has its headquarters in San Antonio and is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(C)3 tax-exempt organization. NLCI's mission is to serve as the voice for young Latinos."
National Latino Peace Officers Association
"The Goal of the organization is to promote equality and professionalism in law enforcement. The objectives of the organization are to create a professional association that provides its members and members of the community with career training; conferences and work shops to promote education, and career advancement; mentoring; and a strong commitment to community service."
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
"The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization," NSHMBA serves 28 chapters and 6,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation's diverse workforce"
The Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, An affiliate of the American Library Association. REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.
SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.
"SER is a national network of employment and training organizations that formulates and advocates initiatives that result in the increased development and utilization of America's human resources, with special emphasis on the needs of Hispanics in the area of education, training business and economic opportunity."
Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives
"The Smithsonian Institution, of which the Center for Latino Initiatives is a part, is the world's largest museum and research complex... The Smithsonian's mission, as expressed in its founding charter by Congress in 1846, is an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Our mission is to advance the knowledge and contributions of Latinos in the United States."
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
"The mission of SACNAS is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for research careers and science teaching professions at all levels."
Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
"To promote excellence in engineering, science & math while cultivating the value of cultural diversity by:
- Motivating and mentoring students and professionals.
- Assisting students in securing financial aid and employment opportunities.
- Empowering students, parents, and professionals through educational outreach programs.
- Stimulating successful partnerships with the community, government, and industry to provide tomorrow's leaders."
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
"In 1979, a few dedicated Hispanic leaders realized the enormous potential of the Hispanic business community in the United States and envisioned the need for a national organization to represent its interests before the public and private sectors. Later that year, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) was incorporated in the state of New Mexico, creating a structured organization aimed at developing a business network that would provide the Hispanic community with cohesion and strength."