Our Mission


El Centro Hispano works to strengthen the community, build bridges and advocate for equity and inclusion for Hispanics/Latinos in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.


The Hispanic /Latino community strengthening North Carolina.

Message from our President

El Centro Hispano has been in existence since 1992 when the Latino population in Durham County was around 1%.

Since 1992, the population of Latino residents in our area has grown tremendously and Latinos now make up 13.5% of the population of Durham County and 8.2% of the population of Orange County. As the Latino population has grown, so has El Centro Hispano. El Centro now has two locations, one in Durham and one in Carrboro-Chapel Hill. It is the largest grassroots Latino organization in North Carolina. We have an active membership base of more than 700 dues-paying members and provide programs and services to more than 7,000 community members annually.

El Centro Hispano has been working to fulfill its mission, providing programs and services in four core program areas: Education, Health & Well Being, Economic Development, and Community Engagement & Advocay.

Our budget of $1,200,000 dollars comes from private foundations, local government, state government, grants, donations and revenue generated from some programs. The Triangle Community Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Durham Partnership for Children, and Duke University are among the past and present supporters of El Centro Hispano.

Our capacity to fulfill our mission requires us to maintain diverse economic resources. Funding for El Centro Hispano's programs and services has been impacted by recent shifts and decreases in state and federal agency budgets.

We are acutely aware of the economic constraints that all of us are experiencing in North Carolina and around the country. El Centro Hispano faces very challenging times in particular because of the impact of the variable economy, the increase in the numbers of Latino residents in our community and the anti-immigrant sentiment under this new administration.

With support from individuals, community groups, private foundations, and businesses, El Centro Hispano will be stronger than ever and continue to serve the community for many years to come! 

Focus Areas

  1. Education
  2. Economic Development
  3. Health & Well-Being
  4. Community Engagement & Advocacy