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Greensboro, NC - The NC Collaborative for Strong Latinx Communities (NCCSLC) is proud to announce its first cohort of grantees of Latinx-led organizations.  Of the 126 organizations that applied for this grant funding, a group of 29 organizations was selected, representing a wide array of approaches and geographic areas.  Though groups and organizations selected are as diverse as the communities they represent, they all share a common goal of working diligently to strengthen and amplify the well-being of NC’s Latinx population.

This served as the first opportunity for the NCCSLC to implement participatory grantmaking as a vehicle for bringing equity to life.  A group of 11 Latinx leaders and 3 foundation representatives were selected to form part of a Unifying Council, the core group tasked with decision-making for this process.  Starting this summer, this group convened several times to clarify scope of work and process, articulate group agreements, review grant applications and ultimately make decisions on which organizations would receive funding.

The 29 groups selected will receive 2-year general operating support to fuel the work that they are doing across the state.  Given the disparate impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Latinx communities, these resources will serve as fuel and affirmation for groups already exemplifying a deep commitment to justice and power-building.

The NCCSLC began in 2018 as a group of foundations invested in the flourishing of NC’s Latinx communities who wanted to collaborate to more intentionally direct their resources.  The group’s mission is to build a healthy, inclusive and strong infrastructure to promote equitable outcomes for all North Carolinians.  To learn more about the NCCSLC and the partnering foundations and organizations, please visit their website:

NC Collaborative for Strong Latinx Communities: 2021-2022 Grantee Cohort

  • BeLoved Asheville
  • Center for Participatory Change
  • Colaborativa La Milpa
  • Comite de Asheville
  • Comite Popular Somos Raleigh
  • Comunidad Colectiva
  • Creando Familias Felices
  • El Centro Hispano
  • El Pueblo
  • Enlace Latino NC
  • Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
  • Fuerza Latina Unida para Triunfar
  • Hendfact
  • Hispanic Liaison/El Vínculo Hispano
  • ISLA
  • JMPro TV
  • La Coalicion de Justicia Para Inmigrantes
  • La Esperanza Immigrant Outreach
  • Latin American Coalition
  • Mujeres Organizando Oportunidades Notables
  • Siembra NC
  • Student Action With Farmworkers
  • Sunrise-Amanecer
  • The Hispanic League
  • True Ridge
  • Wake Resiste
  • Western North Carolina Workers' Center

NC Collaborative for Strong Latinx Communities: Contributing Partners

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • Comité de Acción Popular
  • Comité Popular de Asheville por la Justicia Social
  • Comité Popular Somos Raleigh
  • Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
  • Compañeros Immigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA)
  • El Centro Hispano
  • Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
  • Fidelity Charitable Trust Initiative
  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • NC FIELD Inc.
  • Oak Foundation
  • Siembra NC
  • Student Action with Farmworkers
  • Triangle Community Foundation
  • Western NC Workers Center
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation




Senior Program Officer for Healthy Communities and Director
of Operational Excellence Added    


Durham, N.C. - The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is excited to welcome Shelia Reich as its newest team member, joining the organization as Senior Program Officer, Healthy Communities. In addition, Operations Manager Teresita Maz has been named the Foundation's Director of Operational Excellence.

Shelia understands that the amplification of community voice and leadership is central to achieving health equity for all North Carolinians. In her role as Senior Program Officer, she will focus on increasing capacity for multi-sector partnerships to commit to equity, share power, and advocate for change at the community level as they work to identify, and act on, the root causes of poor health and health disparities.

Shelia's experience reflects a diverse range of roles, having spent the past 20+ years working directly with, and for, communities and marginalized populations. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Youth Thrive, a Wake County cross-sector collaborative.

Teresita initially joined the Foundation in 2018 as Operations Manager. In the newly created role of Director of Operational Excellence, she will work with the team to foster a culture of continuous improvement and exceptional experience for grantees and partners. Teresita will continue to oversee the organization's financial operations, while also spearheading efforts to optimize processes, equitable practices, and structures to aid strategy execution and long-term organizational excellence.

Learn more about Shelia and Teresita.

"Our team is stronger today than ever as we welcome Shelia aboard and Teresita into her new role. Their contributions will be invaluable as we deepen our commitment to the people and places of North Carolina and strive to be an organization that provides exceptional experience for those we work with and support."

John Lumpkin, MD
Blue Cross NC Foundation President


About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is an independent, private foundation with the mission of improving the health and well-being of everyone in North Carolina. Since its founding in 2000, the organization has invested $150 million into North Carolina communities through more than 1,100 grants. In its grantmaking, the Foundation strives to address the key drivers of health, and takes a flexible approach designed to meet identified needs in partnership with the community. The organization also works closely with its grantees, and other nonprofits, to support their growth through capacity building and leadership development opportunities.