FuturoFund – Cultivating Philanthropy & Leadership in the Hispanic Community

11 03 2009

The blog title says it all! When I met with John-Michael Cortez, co-founder of FuturoFund I was intrigued & then inspired! John-Michael & I share the same vision for all Hispanics – to cultivate leadership within the Hispanic community.  We do believe there are Hispanic leaders in the greater Austin area but I believe there is a leadership gap & we need more.  I believe the FuturoFund is a great vehicle for developing community & philanthropic leaders in Austin.  I’m on board with their vision and I want more Hispanics and non-Hispanics to engage with them & support them in their efforts.  Their hosting a reception on Thursday.  I’ll be there & hope you will too!RBB Latino Professionals

Futuro Fund Austin Reception

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Antonio’s Tex Mex

Street: 7522 North IH35

RSVP Here or send an email to: futurofundaustin@gmail.com

About Futuro Fund

FuturoFund Austin is a collective effort to engage our community through philanthropy and leadership. FuturoFund members make equal contributions to a charitable fund held by the Austin Community Foundation. Members are engaged in a grant making process through which 100% of member contributions are granted to deserving organizations making an impact in the Hispanic community.

To give, click here.

Read about the FuturoFund in the Austin American-Statesman: With eye to the future, Austin Latinos supporting philanthropy by Juan Castillo.

Photo Credits: (L2R) John-Michael Cortez, Priscilla Guajardo Cortez,

Lonnie Limón, & Perla Cavazos. Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell:

Austin American-Statesman





Edward James Olmos in Austin: Pimps Farmers Insurance, Battlestar Galactica & the Latino Community

26 02 2009

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend Success starts here…an evening with Edward James Olmos presentd by Farmers Insurance.  Of course, I was super excited to see 5 heroes in 1: Jamie Escalante (Stand & Deliver), Santana (American Me), Lt. Martin Castillo (Miami Vice), El Pachuco (Zoot Suit) & Admiral Adama (Battlestar Galactica)!  I scored the free tix from my involvement with YHPAA.  I guess volunteering does pay off!?! 😉

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Anyway, it was great to see “Eddie” again (he spoke at my elementary school en El Chuco). Besides pimping Farmer’s Insurance (which is probably paying him for his speaking engagements), he totally represented! His passion for La Raza, kids & community came out in his message.  I was totally inspired & motivated to do even more community work!

What about you? What are your impressions of Edward James Olmos? Are you an Admiral Adama or an old school Jaime Escalante fan?

I was also able to capture some video clips of the conversation on my borrowed Flip camera.  So here’s the raw footage….

Edward James Olmos reflects on the Americanos Project & Cultura in the U.S.

Edward James Olmos discusses the importance of giving back to communities & the real struggles of kids.

Edward James Olmos discusses Battlestar Galactica.

Btw, I’m also cross-posting in the Hispanics in Austin blog.

@elmundodemando