“It wasn’t until my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer that I truly knew what giving back was,” said Marile. “That’s really when I opened my eyes because it was close to home. To many of us, that’s how it happens.”
- Managing Member and Co-founder of Juniper Capital Partners Alex Krys;
- Founder and CEO of Morales Capital Angel Morales;
- Founder, CEO and President of Sapoznik Insurance Rachel A. Sapoznik; and
- Chief Financial Officer at Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm Marile Lopez, MBA.
More than just a broad discussion about philanthropy, the panel dove deep into topics like the culture of philanthropy in the Hispanic community, the philanthropic decision-making process and the importance of educating the community on philanthropy.
In addition, the group also considered how philanthropy is thought of differently in the Hispanic community.
This discussion was the latest event in a series that FOIP – a team of diverse development officers at FIU focused on philanthropic investment in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives – has hosted to examine philanthropy’s role in different communities, but the first to specifically focus on Hispanic philanthropy.
As the largest Hispanic-serving institution in the country, FIU is uniquely positioned to examine philanthropy through this cultural lens.
Currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students, the university bears the Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education and has educated many leaders in the Hispanic community and beyond.
The conversation also served as the impetus for a larger study that will be led by FIU’s Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center, which will look at the topic of Hispanic philanthropy. The findings of that study are planned to be released in late 2022.