Supporting Our Communities: Giving Spotlight

Latino Student Fund

As a company, Nordstrom gives to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our communities. In 2015 alone, we supported more than 475 organizations! Though most of the organizations and programs we support are focused on caring for kids and empowering youth, they're each doing that in different ways. 


We're excited to launch a new feature here on Nordstrom Cares—a monthly spotlight where we'll feature one of the many organizations we're proud to support. Since we're in the midst of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we thought we'd kick things off by spotlighting the Latino Student Fund (LSF), an organization that Nordstrom has supported for a number of years. 


LSF was founded in 1994 in response to the growing number of Hispanic/Latino students who were dropping out of high school in the Washington, D.C., area. It continues to fill an important need in that community—providing valuable education opportunities for underserved students beginning at pre-K and going all the way through 12th grade.

“Support from Nordstrom has helped us to give students the tools and information they need to not only get into college, but to thrive once they get there and beyond,” said Maria Fernanda Borja, President & CEO of LSF.

Support from Nordstrom goes specifically toward supporting LSF's LISTO program. LISTO, which means "ready" in Spanish, is focused on doing just that—getting high school students ready for college and a career. It's a free, after-school prep program that helps students with their schoolwork, college visits, team-building skills, networking, mentoring and applying for college scholarships and financial aid.

“Support from Nordstrom has helped us to give students the tools and information they need to not only get into college, but to thrive once they get there and beyond,” said Maria Fernanda Borja, President & CEO of LSF.