HIP to College 2012 – 2015: Creating Strong Funding and Nonprofit Networks for Latino Student Success

Hispanics currently account for nearly one in four school-age children in the United States. In the coming decades, Latinos will make up an increasingly large segment of the U.S. student population. Yet, there are still numerous social, cultural, and economic factors that prevent large proportions of Latino students from excelling academically. In October 2012, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) launched HIP to College, an education initiative designed to build networks of funders to strengthen the education pipeline for Latino students in the United States. Building on HIP’s expertise as a philanthropic catalyst, HIP to College proposed to develop and utilize local networks of funders to promote Latino students’ success in high school and at the postsecondarylevel.