“As the Latino community in the Inland Empire grows, so should investments in the frontline organizations providing critical resources and support to our families daily," Melgar said. "Through this fund we hope to catalyze a new network of community philanthropists who will step up to invest in the communities we grew up in, live in, and that we will call home for generations to come.”
“The Latino community is vital to the Inland Empire’s future success,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, executive director and founder of the UCR Center for Social Innovation. “This data profile shows where investments could help the Latino community close educational, income and health gaps. We are proud to see the CIELO Fund launch at IECF and look forward to supporting their work to strengthen Latino led and serving organizations in the region.”
Seed funding for the CIELO Fund is from entities including the Weingart Foundation, Inland Empire Health Plan, Bank of America, Edison International, and UC Riverside.