Dear Friend of NLEI,

Now that the holiday season has arrived, I was especially delighted to receive a letter from Savanna, one of our current students. Her letter reaffirmed the importance of the National Latino Education Institute’s work and motivated us to do even more. I am pleased to share an excerpt from Savanna’s letter and hope that you, too, will be inspired to support our programs which are making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

“I don’t know what my family would have done without NLEI. After losing our jobs, we almost became homeless and pawned anything of value so that we would have food on the table and be secure. After a few months, we found the National Latino Education Institute. My partner, Edgar, and I were both thrilled to accept positions in NLEI’s Summer Youth Employment Program. After the summer ended, Edgar found a full-time position which allowed me to enroll in NLEI’s Bilingual Medical Assistant program. Everyone has struggles but, because of NLEI, we are breaking through the issues and pulling forward to achieve our goals.”

To continue reaching individuals like Savanna, we need to expand our initiatives that respond to our community’s needs. Many Latinos, hindered by a lack of educational attainment and the English language barrier, are looking to us for leadership.

For this reason, I am hoping that you will join me in making a tax-deductible donation to The Mary Gonzalez-Koenig Education Fund.This special fund supports our educational programs while honoring our dedicated Founder and her high ideals of education and advocacy, as the solution to economic inequalities.


Savanna Tellez BMA Student

Thank you for your consideration of this request. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and much prosperity in the New Year.


Elba Aranda-Suh, Executive Director

Corporate Match / Employee Designated Giving 


Please consider NLEI in Employee Giving Campaigns and Corporate Match Programs.
Your contribution supports programs that deliver sustainable self-sufficiency for families.

Our participants seek NLEI for the lift needed to further enrich their families. They know through examples of friends and family, who are NLEI graduates, that they can secure meaningful credentials and gainful employment, and trust NLEI to cultivate their innate desire to achieve their potential. NLEI programs are proven to break cycles of poverty affording brighter futures.

To learn more about including NLEI in your Employee Giving Campaigns and Corporate Match Programs please contact Kathleen Dowling ext. 240 or via email at

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