Become an Unidos US Affiliate

Join the UnidosUS Affiliate Network

Since its founding in 1968, UnidosUS has understood that the foundation of its national advocacy and civil rights work is its Affiliate Network, which is composed of nearly 260 independent community-based organizations throughout the country.

Our Affiliates are a powerful force for positive and meaningful change in the Hispanic community. We elevate their power by:

  • Developing nonprofit leaders with culturally relevant trainings in specific program areas, advocacy, and civic engagement.
  • Convening Affiliates to foster peer-to-peer collaboration, highlighting their talents and expertise.
  • Linking Affiliates to opportunities for external funding, professional development, and leadership.
  • Providing access to special information, communications, materials, and services.
  • Connecting Affiliates to a broad range of nonprofit resources including subgrants for eligible Affiliates each year, as funding is available.
  • Highlighting Affiliates through the broad reach of UnidosUS's integrated communications.

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VALUE, BENEFITS, AND IMPACT

Networking and Training

We bring Affiliates together several times a year to provide issue briefings, grow their advocacy skills, and build their capacity. Activities include:

  • National Latino Advocacy Days
  • UnidosUS Annual Conference
  • UnidosUS Latino Leadership Summit
  • Fall Regional Convenings
  • Region-Specific Advocacy Training
  • Program-Specific Capacity-Building
  • Issue-Specific Networking
  • Peer-to-Peer Networking

Capacity-Building

Affiliates have access to expert-led trainings on topics they identify and prioritize, at little to no cost as funding is available. Topics include:

  • Leadership Development
  • Technology (Access/Training)
  • Program Evaluation
  • Board Development and Recruitment
  • Fundraising and Resource Development
  • Leadership Transition Planning
  • Media and Communications (including social media)
  • Social Enterprise
  • Curriculum Training

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

All organizations interested in joining the UnidosUS Affiliate Network must meet certain criteria and submit a completed application for affiliation. There are two annual application cycles with respective deadlines of April and November.

All eligible applicants are presented to the UnidosUS Board of Directors for review and approval each June and February.

  • Complete the Affiliation Eligibility Wizard to determine if your organization is eligible. Eligible organizations will be contacted by UnidosUS Affiliate Member Services team for next steps and deadlines.

All organizations seeking to apply for affiliation must meet the following criteria:

Governance

  • Is an autonomous Hispanic community-based/community-focused organization
  • Has IRS-designated 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt status
  • Is financially sound and can provide current, audited financial statements
  • Has a board of directors resolution approving UnidosUS affiliation

Mission

  • Has a demonstrated commitment to serving Hispanics
  • Has an identifiable Hispanic constituency for which it advocates
  • Has goals and objectives compatible with those of UnidosUS and consistent with UnidosUS's strategic priorities

Latino Focus

In order to demonstrate commitment to service to the Latino community and to develop Latino leadership at all levels, the following three Latino-focus criteria must be met:

  • Serves and/or advocates for a constituency that is at least 50% Hispanic
  • Has staff/leadership that is at least 25% Hispanic
  • Has a board that is at least 25% Hispanic, meets regularly, and is representative of the Latino community/geographic area it serves

Commitment to Impact

  • Demonstrates alignment with UnidosUS's focus on creating measurable impact in the Latino community; to this end, the applicant must demonstrate how it advances the ability and opportunity of Hispanics to improve their socioeconomic status

Ethics

  • Consistent with UnidosUS's institutional values, UnidosUS requests that applicants adhere to the highest ethical standards of conduct stated herein and in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws. Therefore, each applicant organization should have a formally adopted code of ethics with which all of its trustees, staff, and volunteers are familiar and to which they adhere.
  • UnidosUS and its members shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, political affiliation, or other classifications identified and protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Contact us to find out more

UnidosUS Affiliate Members Services
Raul Yzaguirre Building
1126 16th St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
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