I Weep for the Children of DACA

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Luz Vega-Marquis

When I heard the news, I wept. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in the middle of announcing his decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the Obama-era program that has provided 800,000 young immigrants the opportunity to work and pursue an education without … Continue reading “I Weep for the Children of DACA”

Collaboration is the antidote to despair

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Luz Vega-Marquis

In the wake of this hope-sapping election season, it is all too easy to imagine a starkly divided future for this nation. But to accept that vision– tempting as it may be at this dark and draining moment–would be to give in to the exhaustion … Continue reading “Collaboration is the antidote to despair”

Engaging youth means listening—and acting

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Luz Vega-Marquis

“Youth engagement” is all the rage these days in philanthropic circles—and for good reason. Young people are among our most innovative thinkers and passionate advocates—especially when it comes to tackling the problems they and their families experience firsthand. This is why increasing numbers of social … Continue reading “Engaging youth means listening—and acting”

When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Luz Vega-Marquis

Every great social movement has been led by those most affected. The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception. This is no top-down “War on Poverty” that can be abandoned … Continue reading “When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back”

Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Luz Vega-Marquis

Redefining Poverty Away from Blame and Toward Solutions What does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let’s start with the dictionary. According to the professional word-wranglers at Merriam-Webster, poverty is “the state of one who … Continue reading “Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word”

A Living Wage is an Equal Voice

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Luz Vega-Marquis

Take a look at your bills, starting with essentials: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family just to get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would … Continue reading “A Living Wage is an Equal Voice”

From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda: Families Flip the Script

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Luz Vega-Marquis

Every responsible funder must consider the question of what it means to be a good steward of the assets with which we have been entrusted –to ensure that our capital grows so that we can continue to offer support to our grantees. Equally important is … Continue reading “From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda: Families Flip the Script”

Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy’s Power to Convene

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Luz Vega-Marquis

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together. The ritual of gathering … Continue reading “Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy’s Power to Convene”

Who Leads?

Posted on October 13, 2013 by Luz Vega-Marquis

August 28, 2013, marked the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for civil rights in the history of our nation. Little more than a year later, Martin Luther King, Jr., won the Nobel Peace Prize … Continue reading “Who Leads?”