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Local Non-Profits Join Forces To Sow Seeds of Philanthropy Among Hispanic Heavy Hitters Nationally Recognized Consultant Henry A.J. Ramos To Speak At Forum

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Houston, October 14, 2003) Several major non-profit organizations, including Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), will collaborate on a special forum to build an awareness of the need for philanthropy in the Hispanic community and among Hispanic leaders, business owners and community stakeholders, Friday, November 14 from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. at Houston Community College, 3100 Main. “Mobilizing Philanthropic Resources in the Hispanic Community: Dealing From Strength,” will provide local non-profit staffers, board members, business leaders, and elected officials with a blueprint for developing philanthropic leaders among successful Hispanics.

GSSJC is collaborating with the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, the YMCA of Greater Houston, Houston Community College and the Mexican American Education and Legal Defense Fund to bring a greater awareness to the importance of giving of time, resources and money to philanthropic endeavors.

Henry A. J. Ramos, a principal of Mauer Kunst Consulting, and the event’s keynote speaker, has written extensively on organized philanthropy and currently serves as executive editor of Arte Publico Press’s Hispanic Civil Rights Book Series: a multi-volume series that seeks to expand public appreciation of Hispanic contributions to civil and human rights. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University, Ramos is the founding editor of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy and has recently served as board treasurer of Hispanics in Philanthropy, the nation’s largest organization of foundation trustees and executives committed to addressing Hispanic issues and causes.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the premiere organization for all girls—building character, values and skills for a lifetime. As the largest Girl Scout Council in Texas, San Jacinto serves more than 58,000 girls and 14,000 adults in 21 east and southeast Texas counties. The Council currently administers a special program developed to build Girl Scout ambassadors in the Hispanic community, Latinas Taking the Lead: an intense, six-month leadership offering that teaches teamwork, public speaking skills, management theory and practice, and business writing skills. For information about joining Girl Scouts, or to volunteer with the Latinas Taking the Lead Program, call 1-800-392-4340 or visit us online at www.gssjc.org.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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