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Affiliate Digest

Wednesday, February 14, 2018  


Affiliate Digest 

February 14, 2018

Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly newsletter that highlights events, updates, and resources. We encourage you to share information on upcoming activities or successes at your organization to include in the Digest.

  This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events

Register Today for the Leaders in Action Summit in Washington D.C.

Please join for the Leaders in Action Summit and Capital Awards March 21-22 at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

  • Participate in policy briefings on education, health, and economic justice to better understand the issues impacting our communities.
  • Build expertise in civic activism to mobilize around the issues that affect the Hispanic community.
  • Meet civic engagement strategists, community leaders, and other civically minded people.
  • Participate in meetings with senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for laws to help American families on issues such as affordable health care, immigration reform, education equality, economic justice, and civil rights.
  • Learn about new voter engagement tools to get Latinos ready for the 2018 midterm elections.

Please register today!

A limited number of stipends will be available for Affiliates that register for the Leaders in Action Summit and that plan to attend the Affiliate Leadership SessionTo request a stipend, please complete this formThe stipend may only be used for the UnidosUS designated hotel, no other hotel receipts will be accepted. The exclusive Summit rate is provided once you complete and pay for a full Summit registration via your confirmation email. The hotel deadline is February 26.

Affiliate Leadership Session (For Affiliate Executive Directors, Board Members and Affiliate leadership)

Wednesday March 21st, 9am - Noon

We are excited to share with you the topics for this year’s Affiliate Leadership Session that were selected based on Affiliate input and feedback:


Overview of US Midterm Election Dynamics and Strategies to Increase Latino participation

To provide insight on the midterm election landscape and discuss strategies to increase Latino registration and participation, Affiliates will join in conversation with representatives and field experts to bolster more civic engagement within our communities.


Integrating Advocacy for Social Change into Nonprofits

The Building Movement Project will facilitate a 90-minute workshop with UnidosUS Affiliate leaders on how organizations that provide needed services in communities can also integrate social change principles, advocacy tactics and constituent engagement practices into their everyday work. Through a mix of discussion, participatory activities, and the introduction of conceptual frameworks, workshop attendees will gain tools to apply to their own work, and build connections to also support each other in sustaining organizational change processes. By conducting organizational assessments and sharing specific strategies to gain Board Member buy-in, we will map out opportunities for social change.

We are working to finalize details, but hope you register today and not miss out on these important conversations leading up to the midterm elections.


UnidosUS Welcomes Seven New Affiliates

We are pleased to announce that seven organizations were approved by the UnidosUS Board of Directors at their meeting earlier this month.  Please find the following press releases announcing these new Affiliates: Available here in English and  Spanish). 

Below is the listing of the new UnidosUS Affiliates:

If you have partners that you believe would be a good fit to join the UnidosUS Network, please share our  Affiliation Eligibility Wizard to determine if the organization is eligible for Affiliation. The next application deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018. 


Deadline Approaching: Affiliate Co-branding Questionnaire (Due February 23, 2018)

This fall, we shared many examples of how Affiliates can join us in lifting a unified voice for the Latino community by engaging in our co-branding efforts. The following questionnaire will help us evaluate where the UnidosUS Affiliate network is at meeting the goals we shared last fall. We do not expect that all Affiliates will meet all the co-branding examples we shared with you, rather your participation will help us determine what barriers remain and help measure progress towards goals. 

Click here to complete the questionnaire.

First Opportunity Drawing (Winners will be pulled from questionnaires submitted from now until February 23, 2018):

  • For your participation in this questionnaire, your agency will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win (1) $500 stipend and (2) UnidosUS 2017 Conference registrations.
  • Only one questionnaire per agency will be accepted. Please designate one staff member to complete the questionnaire. We will take the first entry from your agency as the official entry for the first drawing. 

The first drawing will take place on February 23, 2018. The first round of winners will be notified March 9, 2018. Read the complete rules here.

Opportunities and Resources

Pay Affiliate Dues Online and Access Your New Affiliate ID

UnidosUS is excited to announce the launch of our redesigned online Affiliate Portal, You can use this new tool to pay your Affiliate renewal dues online.

We are stronger together and now more than ever will need to continue our work to ensure we push our community forward. We hope you renew your Affiliation with UnidosUS today (FY2018 membership fees were due by January 31, 2018) to ensure continuous access to the benefits of the Affiliate Network.

As we look toward the new year, we need our collective UnidosUS voice to shape our narrative. United, we can make sure Congress and the Trump Administration know we won’t accept the fate they have decided for our community, and we will fight for what’s right. Only Affiliates in good standing are eligible to receive subgrants or request stipends, so please log in today!


What to Do If ICE Shows Up at Your Agency’s Doors

Communities around the country that support immigrants are working to develop plans to protect vulnerable families.

Click here to access a toolkit for nonprofits developed by pro bono lawyers on what you need to know if ICE comes to your agency and what you can do to set up a policy in advance to know how to respond. 

Among these efforts are also those initiated by public school systems around the country, all of which are uniquely affected by the federal government’s enforcement activity. Click here to access a guide designed for public schools.


RFP: Entre Mujeres (Due February 23, 2018)

UnidosUS invites proposals from Affiliates (community-based organizations and charter high schools) that are interested in partnering on the implementation of the UnidosUS Entre Mujeres initiative framework.  UnidosUS will select Affiliates that will each receive a sub grant of $5,000 for serving a cohort of a minimum of 15 young women.  This is an 18-month grant period, including time for planning, recruitment, selection, and implementation.  UnidosUS is excited about this opportunity to enhance existing program tools and expand the number of Affiliates working to prepare Latina youth for college and careers.     

To learn more about the program and apply for this subgrant opportunity, please click here.

DEADLINE:  5:00 PM CST February 23rd, 2018

Informational Webinars will be held on:

9:30 am EST Thursday, February 15th    Click here to register

3:30 pm EST Thursday, February 15th   Click here to register

For questions, please contact Cindy Zavala at


RFP: Escalera, Escalera STEM and Mujeres en Escalera (Due March 1, 2018)


We invite UnidosUS Affiliate organizations to review our Request for Proposal for the Escalera, Escalera STEM and the new Mujeres en Escalera programs. The UnidosUS Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success is a national high-school afterschool two-year program that promotes economic mobility for Latino youth by increasing their educational attainment, career planning and access to advanced careers. UnidosUS’ Escalera helps Latino youth graduate from high school, prepare for college and make informed plans for their careers. Affiliate organizations receive between $30,000 - $40,000 for program implementation delivery beginning Fall 2019 – Spring 2020.

To learn more about the program, please click here.

DEADLINE:  5:00 PM PST March 1st, 2018

All completed RFPs will be due no later than Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 5pm PST via email to and BOTH, and

Informational webinar will be held on:

2:00 pm EST Friday, February 16th: Click here to register


Applications Open: RWJF Leadership for Better Health

Deadline is March 14: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs are designed to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health. Building a Culture of Health requires engagement among leaders who represent every sector and discipline, and communities with limited resources and opportunities. It demands recognition that health is greatly influenced by complex social factors—education, neighborhoods, transportation, income, and faith—in addition to health care. To learn more click here.

Affiliates in the NewS

 UnidosUS Affiliate Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in the UnidosUS Photo & Story contest. The entries we received were great examples of the challenging work and invaluable service that you provide to our communities each day. The winners are:

Although these were the winning entries, some of your stories and pictures may be featured in other materials. Keep an eye out to see how we amplify the great work you lead each day. 

Job Opportunities 

Conexión Americas – Nashville, TN

At Conexión Américas, our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. We believe successful efforts to promote the integration of immigrant families into their new community recognize that integration is a multi-dimensional process. Therefore, Conexión Américas focuses on advocating for, and supporting the integration of, Latino families in three inter-dependent areas of human development:

1) Social Integration; 2) Economic Integration; 3) Civic Integration.  We currently have multiple positions available. For a list of our current job openings, click here.

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