New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation (“NOHHF”) is a non-profit community organization whose main purpose is to provide an organized and directed effort in cultivating and promoting the Hispanic heritage of New Orleans and the Southern region. The NOHHF tries to share and integrate this heritage into the area‘s economic cultural and social mainstream. The most important tool that the Foundation uses in achieving these goals is its scholarships program. The Foundation seeks, encourages and supports talented Hispanic high-school students by providing them with educational scholarships at local schools participating in the NOHHF Scholarship Program.
The NOHHF is governed and managed by a board of volunteers, all local professionals. Since most of the work and expenses of the NOHHF are assumed by its volunteers most of the money that is contributed to the Foundation goes to the scholarships that are awarded to these outstanding young men and women. Since 1993 the NOHHF has awarded over $600,000 and 700 high school and freshman-year college scholarships to top-notch students who attend some of the best schools in our area. These students go on to be responsible leaders and make substantial contributions to the betterment of our community.
The Foundation also supports local artistic and cultural activities, particularly those related to or associated with Hispanic themes and the Hispanic community. The Foundation has recently begun to develop a mentoring program to help Hispanic young men and women develop their academic and professional careers.
The main sources of funding for the NOHHF are its annual fundraiser event, the Azúcar Ball, and contributions from its corporate and individual sponsors, as well as special donations and grants from various institutions.