Philadelphia Latino Community Collective Impact Initiative

Organization: 
Ceiba
City: 
Philadelphia
State: 
Pennsylvania
Organization Overview: 

Ceiba is a coalition of community based organizations in Phialdelphia's Latino community. Ceiba's mission is to promotes the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia’s Latino community through collaborations and advocacy aimed at ensuring their access to quality housing.

Through Ceiba, its members come together not only to work collectively with one another but also with other organizations. One example of this ability was Ceiba's role in leading the Latino community against the PA Voter ID Law. This work, together with Ceiba's commitment to collaborative leadership principles, was highlighted in the book titled: Partnerships for Health and Human Service Nonprofits: From Collaborations to Mergers (2015): http://www.socialinnovationsjournal.org/75-disruptive-innovations/825-th...

Ceiba has a history of injecting innovation into Latino nonprofits. It was the first Latino organization to use web-based databases for housing counseling, the first to adopt structured savings programs, and the first to use free tax preparation services as a gateway to asset-building. Ceiba's work to assist unauthorized immigrants in applying for Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) to file their federal tax returns was recognized as one of the top three Best Anti-Poverty Solutions by the Social Innovations Journal.

Ceiba's Executive Director, Will Gonzalez, has 30+ years of experience. The Philadelphia Foundation's Williams Award for Organizational Excellence and the Community Change Award from the Bread & Roses Community Fund recognized his leadership of non-profits. The Legal Intelligencer, PA's premier legal publication, awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about Ceiba, please visit: http://ceibaphiladelphia.org/about/mission-values

Project Name: 
Philadelphia Latino Community Collective Impact Initiative
Project Type: 
Research, Needs Assessment
Project Overview: 

Develop a collaborative impact mechanism among Philadelphia's Latino nonprofits to collectively address complex and intractable social problems at a time when there is uncertainty in public policy and a growing need for social services. Philadelphia is blessed to have a robust Latino nonprofit sector. Their range of services is wide and many of the organizations are distinguished service providers in their field. The robustness of the Latino nonprofit sector in Philadelphia is at risk if it does not make a collaborative commitment to: 

• Improve its implementation of knowledge and expertise 

• Use resources more effectively

• Increases its commitment to advocacy 

• Enhance its ability to develop new resources and solutions to address current and future challenges confronting the community.

Context - Philadelphia is blessed to have a robust Latino nonprofit sector. Collectively, the 16 most prominent Latino nonprofit organizations in the city secure close to $250M/Yr. in revenue. Their range of services is wide and many of the organizations are distinguished service providers in their field, i.e. bilingual child care (APM), charter schools (Esperanza), art programs (Taller Puertorriqueño), social services (Congreso), community development (HACE), housing development (NSCA), and micro lending (FINANTA). Despite this breadth of services, Latinos in Philadelphia suffer the highest rate of poverty of any ethnic group in Philadelphia; 44% of Latinos are poor - twice the national rate of 23.5%. Latinos comprise 12% of the city's population. The 187,611 Latinos in Philadelphia live in all parts of the city, but the largest Latino neighborhoods are in Eastern North Philadelphia, where 23% of the residents are foreign born; 52% did not graduate from high school; and 51% of the households speak Spanish. The median household income is $20,227. The Latino community of Philadelphia is growing and transforming. From 2000-2010, the Hispanic population grew 46% in Philadelphia. The Mexican population increased 150% from 6,220 to 15,531 in the last decade. The Puerto Rican population increased from 91,527 to 121,643 in the last 10 years, a 33% increase. The influx of Puerto Ricans is fueled by the economic conditions on the Caribbean island. People born there can migrate freely to the mainland because Puerto Rico is a US Territory. Pennsylvania is second to Florida as the destination of choice for Puerto Ricans migrating to the continental US. Gentrification is forcing many Latinos to move out of parts of Eastern North Philadelphia. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts' 2015 State of the City report, the 19122 Zip Code (the Norris Square neighborhood) had the highest increase in Home Sale Prices between 2010 & 2014: 56%. Ceiba's office is located in 19122.

Goals - The anticipated result of the development of a collaborative impact mechanism in Philadelphia's Latino community is the creation of an instrument to address social challenges in the barrio that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The participants have a common agenda for change including a shared understanding of some of the challenges confronting the community and joint approaches to solving them through agreed upon actions and common evaluation criteria. 

Success in initiating and developing the collaborative impact mechanism is determined by the number of: 

• Latino neighborhood based nonprofits and relevant stakeholders who participate in the process. Ideally the 16 most prominent Latino nonprofits participate

• Meetings organized that the Director or Deputy Director of the Latino based nonprofits attend. At least six such meetings are organized.

• Issues and gaps identified which the coalesced group agrees to address, monitor, and evaluate collectively. At least three issues or gaps are identified.

Success will also be measured by the quality of the: 

• Landscape and data map that is produced to make the case for collaboration and to identify the preliminary list of key issues and gaps

• Continuous open communication to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation among the participants

• Process by which the community is engaged to work collectively

• Mutually reinforcing activities which engage the diverse set of participants and stakeholders

• Infrastructure developed to operate and maintain the collaborative impact mechanism

Deliverable(s)

The project has two phases.

First, conduct a limited set of research tasks, with guidance from Ceiba, to present a compelling case for the power of a collective We will compile the research into a visually appealing handout to be used at the first meeting of the collective impact stakeholder group.

Second, help conduct interviews with the leadership of each of the sixteen organizations serving the Latino community. We will also conduct interview of one other person from each organization who is directly involved in the front-line service of the community. The goal of the interviews is to gain perspectives on the current state of the community, the services provided, the existing gaps and preliminary ideas of the change needed to achieve a more cohesive, stable Latino community. We will do an affinity analysis on the interview results, identifying themes that are critical for consideration in terms of establishing the collective structure and governance as well as the elements for a common agenda. In addition to the interviews, we will conduct additional research to gather information on the Latino community in Philadelphia from existing data sources to provide further detail on the current state of the community. This work will use some of the research plan established in phase one and it will help evolve the collective impact plan as we get further insights from the interviews.

The research and interviews are key components to establishing the collective impact project's common agenda, which guides the ongoing work of the collective.

The project has two phases.

First, conduct a limited set of research tasks, with guidance from Ceiba, to present a compelling case for the power of a collective We will compile the research into a visually appealing handout to be used at the first meeting of the collective impact stakeholder group.

Second, help conduct interviews with the leadership of each of the sixteen organizations serving the Latino community. We will also conduct interview of one other person from each organization who is directly involved in the front-line service of the community. The goal of the interviews is to gain perspectives on the current state of the community, the services provided, the existing gaps and preliminary ideas of the change needed to achieve a more cohesive, stable Latino community. We will do an affinity analysis on the interview results, identifying themes that are critical for consideration in terms of establishing the collective structure and governance as well as the elements for a common agenda. In addition to the interviews, we will conduct additional research to gather information on the Latino community in Philadelphia from existing data sources to provide further detail on the current state of the community. This work will use some of the research plan established in phase one and it will help evolve the collective impact plan as we get further insights from the interviews.

The research and interviews are key components to establishing the collective impact project's common agenda, which guides the ongoing work of the collective.

Deliverables (Delivered with the assistance and guidance of Ceiba)

Phase I

- Research Report to establish the case for collaboration.

Phase II

- Develop Research plan and conduct Stakeholder interviews 

- Research of additional public data

- Written research report incorporating insight from interviews and additional public data

Spots Available: 
1-3
Eligibility: 
Full-Time Only
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at ctomkins@upenn.edu.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu