This document was part of the Multicultural Philanthropy Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A series of fourteen guides examine the ways in which various gender, ethnic, cultural, religious and racial groups use their gifts of time, money, and talent. They reflect the ways giving and voluntarism are embedded in American life and challenge the notion that philanthropy is the exclusive province of elites. The guides include discussion topics, research questions, and literature overviews with annotated bibliographies. They were developed both to integrate the study of philanthropy into the curricula at colleges and universities, and to provide a tool to nonprofit professionals in the area of development and fundraising. Each volume provides background information on a selected community that will help practitioners work effectively with these groups. This guide is designed to illuminate aspects of Latino history through the prism of philanthropic activities and, in doing so, reveal the ways associations and advocacy have contributed to development of the country?s Latino communities. While its definition of philanthropy is broad, the inclusion of four specific Latino groups is limited ? Mexican Americans in the West and Southwest; Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in New York; and Cuban Americans in Florida. The selection is based on size, rate of growth, political influence, and length of time each group has settled and formed associations in the U.S. For each of the groups identified, the guide provides communal associational history, responses to shifting political and economic environments; and the development of major organizations in the Latino community. In doing so, the author provides a cultural and historical context for those working in the communities either as practitioners or fund raisers. The guide is useful as a case study of organizational responses to community identity and growth through such models as mutualista societies and organized labor. It is equally useful in raising tough questions facing Latino communities and others regarding the development of a group?specific agenda with regard to the state, education, jobs, and the influx of new immigrants.