Friday, June 3, 2011

Latina Non-profits Empower Hispanic Women

HWNT Fort Worth Chapter

Wise Latinas Linked was created to bring together Latinas in the virtual world. We're here to network through Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

But some of the best Latina groups are those non-profits that exist around the country.These are Latina organizations that are actively involved in the life of Hispanic women and the Latino community.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best in the United States. Each organization offers some of the following programs:

  • Latina Leadership: Help Latinas develop leadership skills.
  • Economic: Help Latinas achieve economic independence.
  • Political: Encourage Latinas to get involved in local and national issues.
  • Health: Promote and educate Latinas on health issues that affect them.
  • Youth Projects: Offer students’ academic and financial support.
  • Educational: Promote and assist in the educational goals of Latinas at all levels.

According to its website, Latinas Unidas is dedicated to uniting Latina women from different segments of the Greater Rochester Community who share common concerns and interests affecting women.


Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives 

Here's a story done by the local ABC affiliate in Chicago.

MANA: A National Latina Organization---Chapters in 7 states

MANA, A National Latina Organization, is a nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1974. It's mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy.


The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas (HWOA) is a non-profit organization founded in July 1999. The group addresses the needs of a growing Hispanic population in Northwest Arkansas. Though predominantly Hispanic, HWOA members come from many backgrounds and cultures.


According to its website: The NHLI is the only national leadership development program in the United States focused on future Latina leaders.


According to its website, HWNT: The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT) is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. It formed in 1986.

Here's a story about a scholarship fundraiser by the HWNT Fort Worth Chapter.

HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well- being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family.


According to its website: The Hispanic Women's Corporation (HWC) was founded in 1981 as a result of a series of meetings among Latina women.  Their diverse backgrounds in corporations, government and educational institutions led to the establishment of the HWC leadership and professional development institutes for women and students.


These non-profits can only exist with a strong membership, sponsors and donations.  Find these groups in your area and support them.  It's another place to network with Latinas.

If you know of other non-profits for Latinas, please share them in the comments below. 


  1. Thank you, Rebecca! I have been a member of Hispanic Women's Network, Dallas Chapter, for over 20 years. This organization has given me the opportunity to make a positive difference in my Latina Sisters lives, and to make life long friendships. We just finished our Education Series Seminars for HS girls where we support and encourage girls to stay in school and to go to college. At our scholarship lunch we presented $5,000 to three of the girls to help them with college tuition. I have personally developed a series of empowerment workshops for women, that will be presented to Latinas in West Dallas, in cooperation with the West Dallas Community Centers and three other organizations. These workshops will begin on June 25 and we are looking for volunteers and sponsors (door prizes, food, and of course, money)
    Thank you again for promoting non profit organizations that are quietly doing so much to improve Latina's lives and for asking members to get involve. Together we will succeed!!!
    Anita Marcos

  2. Hi Rebecca,
    I loved reading this piece! Well written! :)

    Morgan Joe
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