New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 27, 2003–The National Council of La Raza and General Motors jointly announced today a $2.5 million GM contribution to the National Council of La Raza’s “Empowering an American Community Campaign.” The funds will go specifically to purchase a centrally-located building in Washington, D.C. The building will serve as the organization’s headquarters. The NCLR will also work to house partner Hispanic organizations in the building, including member organizations of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
The National Council of La Raza was established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. NCLR works toward this goal through capacity-building assistance to support and strengthen Hispanic community-based organizations along with applying research, policy analysis and advocacy.
“We’re very grateful to receive this generous gift from a long-term partner such as General Motors. These funds will play a critical role in our institutional building, allowing our organization to do a better job reaching our communities,” commented Raul Yzaguirre, President of NCLR. “The contribution is also a milestone in terms of corporate investment in our communities to build a strong Latino legacy in this great country.”
“General Motors is a proud partner of the National Council of La Raza in advancing its mission to help all Hispanic Americans achieve their American dream. Our donation to the Empowering An American Community Campaign is part of GM’s long-term commitment to the large and growing Hispanic community that has contributed so much to our business and our nation,” commented Rick Wagoner, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Corporation.
NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights organization, serving all Hispanic nationality groups in all regions of the country. NCLR has over 300 formal affiliates who together serve 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, along with a broad network of more than 30,000 groups and individuals nationwide. NCLR is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with field offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, San Antonio and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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