Cambio para Cambio (Change for Change) is a community-led campaign that realizes the philanthropic power of Latino students, local businesses, and professional organizations in support of the Greater Kansas City Latino community. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, community champions engage in a friendly competition to raise funds for the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program. Every dollar donated from September 15 through October 15 is matched 100% by generous HDF donors, doubling the giving power and impact of every gift. This year’s Cambio para Cambio Campaign raised over $321,000 to support the HDF scholarship program.
From the beginning, the Hispanic Development Fund has focused on a critical need that emanated directly from the community: developing a scholarship program to empower Hispanic students to attend and graduate from college. It was also considered important from the very beginning to make this a community-wide effort, relying on other Latino nonprofit organizations to assist with the review of applications and pooling of resources. Additionally, the scholarship effort stressed to all students the importance of giving back to the Latino community and engaging as community leaders. In 1984, HDF awarded its first scholarships by giving $100 each to 100 students through a separately named Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In 2021, in partnership with local and regional higher education institutions, HDF awarded $788,150 in scholarships to 405 students.
HDF exists to serve our Kansas City Latino families. With your gift of unrestricted support, you help strengthen our efforts as we seek to engage and elevate our community.