Patiño Moore Legacy Award Awarded to Two Organizations


November 11, 2014 Communication Deptmartment


Patiño Moore Legacy Award Awarded to Two Organizations

Community Coalition and Causa Justa :: Just Cause to Share $200,000 Award

Seattle, Wash. – For the first time in its history, the Patiño Moore Legacy Award was awarded to two organizations: Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, based in Los Angeles, and Causa Justa :: Just Cause, based in Oakland. Each organization was awarded $100,000, in recognition of their work to unite Black and Brown communities in a shared vision of economic and social well-being. The awards were presented on November 9, 2014, at a board meeting of the Marguerite Casey Foundation in El Paso, Texas.

The Patiño Moore Legacy Award was created jointly by ABFE, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Marguerite Casey Foundation. The award is named after Dr. Douglas Patiño and Wenda Weekes Moore for their ongoing legacy of work to improve relations between Black and Brown communities. Dr. Patiño, vice chancellor emeritus for the California State University system, is a board member of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Mrs. Moore is a trustee of W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a board member of the Council on Foundations.

“These two organizations, from the beginning, have purposefully and intentionally incorporated discussions about race into their work,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and chief executive officer of Marguerite Casey Foundation. “They have worked not only to move beyond the so-called Black-Brown divide, but to be inclusive of all races and people in their work. Each organization embodies the spirit of the Patiño Moore Legacy Award.”

Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) is a multi-racial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. CJJC engages in local grassroots organizing for the rights of low-income people of color most directly impacted by current inequities.

Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy. Community Coalition was started by community leaders, including U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, as a non-profit organization in 1990 in response to the 1980′s crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South L.A.

ABFE – formerly known as The Association of Black Foundation Executives – promotes effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Hispanics in Philanthropy works to strengthen partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities. Marguerite Casey Foundation, an independent national grantmaking foundation, exists to help low-income families elevate their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.

This is the fourth year that the Patiño Moore Legacy Award has been presented. Previous winners include National Domestic Workers Alliance (2013), South by Southwest Experiment (2012), and Puentes New Orleans (2011).

Marguerite Casey Foundation is a national, independent grantmaking foundation dedicated to helping low-income families strengthen their voice and mobilize their communities.