College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

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Latino, Hispanic, philanthropy, nonprofit, engagement


Through interviews and the review of existing data from 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the YMCA, this study examines Latino participation in the four organizations. In addition, through research, interviews with community leaders and with Latino philanthropists the study analyzes Latino nonprofit engagement and philanthropic practices. The thesis argues that increasing Latino engagement in mainstream youth development organizations first requires historical and contemporary analysis of related practices in order to create attractive, relevant and successful strategies. Both historical and contemporary literature is reviewed in this study. New research is focused on two main areas 1) the current engagement of Latinos in four youth development organizations and 2) the state of Latino nonprofit and philanthropic participation in the United States.