MISSION: The Hispanic Fund is committed to improving and promoting socioeconomic and educational opportunities within the Hispanic Community.
The Hispanic Fund essentially started in 1986 with a single gift from Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Padilla in memory of a noted Hispanic physician, Dr. Jose Rivera, who had passed away. Several years later, leaders from the Hispanic Community and staff from the Community Foundation created the Hispanic Fund as a means to encourage ongoing giving to benefit the Hispanic population of Lorain County.
During the 1990’s and until his death in 2002, Frank Jacinto, often called the grandfather of the Hispanic Community, lead the Hispanic Fund Advisory Board. Frank established the first sub-fund, the Frank Jacinto Fund, of the Hispanic Fund in his name in 1995. In 2002, the Hispanic Fund began providing two Frank Jacinto scholarships per year to Hispanic students in the Lorain School District. The Hispanic-Latino Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 to insure that scholarships to Hispanic students would sustain over time.