MEXICAN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION HEADS LIST OF TOP 25 HISPANIC NONPROFITS

MEXICAN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION HEADS LIST OF TOP 25 HISPANIC NONPROFITS

Founder Dionicio Morales has been called “an urban Cesar Chavez” for his efforts to bring better work conditions to Mexican-Americans.


SHARE THIS ARTICLE

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 8, 2003–Hispanic Business Inc., publisher of Hispanic Business magazine, has announced that the May issue of Hispanic Business features an exclusive interview with Dionicio Morales, founder of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF). In 1962, after exhausting all other options, Mr. Morales secured the fledgling organization’s first major funding (a job-development grant from the Labor Department) by arranging an eleventh-hour meeting with then-Vice-President Lyndon Johnson. Today, the MAOF is the nation’s largest Hispanic-serving nonprofit organization – topping the annual Hispanic Business Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits list, also featured in the May issue.

More than 40 years after the founding of the MAOF, the challenges of fighting stereotypes and gaining access to the workplace persist. “I think the struggle now is not just to get entry-level jobs,” says Mr. Morales. “Here is this vast community – Mexican Americans are 66 percent of the Latino population – but in the higher ranks [of Corporate America], we aren’t there yet.”

The 25 nonprofit organizations spotlighted in the May issue continue to fight the good fight for the Hispanic community despite feeling the pinch on the income side – with a lackluster economy and government cutbacks – and on the expense side – with demand rising for social services. The Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits represent a wide spectrum of causes, from the MAOF’s broad mission to “provide comprehensive multi-purpose educational and charitable assistance to the general public,” to the more narrowly focused Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s goal “to increase the percentage of Hispanics who earn college degrees to 18 percent by the year 2010.”

The May issue of Hispanic Business also includes a special report on the employment outlook for Hispanic-owned businesses, as well as feature articles on new Hispanic-owned banks, American CityVista’s housing developments, and the Pew Hispanic Center’s research endeavors. This issue also features an examination of how businesses can measure their return on investment for IT and marketing expenses, as well as practical advice for organizing memorable events.

About Hispanic Business Inc.

Now in its 24th year, Hispanic Business Inc., based in Santa Barbara, California, is an award-winning publishing and information services company. Hispanic Business magazine, the nation’s leading source of information for and about Hispanic professionals and entrepreneurs, is the company’s flagship publication. Other products and educational services include SúperOnda magazine, HireDiversity.com Career Expos, the annual EOY (Entrepreneur of the Year) Awards Gala, and the Hispanic Business Board of Economists (BOE) U.S. Hispanic Economic Summit. For additional information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/pr.

Hispanic Business® is a registered trademark of Hispanic Business Inc. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Ó 2003 Hispanic Business Inc. All rights reserved.

–30–

CONTACT:

Stephan West

Public Relations Associate

805-964-4554 x130

MEXICAN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION HEADS LIST OF TOP 25 HISPANIC NONPROFITS