HUF QuickFacts

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HUF QuickFacts

Founded 35 years ago as a haven for immigrants and refugees, HUF has grown to serve diverse and multi-cultural working families from the United States as well as more than 25 other countries. We provide a diverse range of wrap-around services to help clients of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, successfully transition to a productive new life.

  • More than 30 Years of Serving the South Florida Community
  • 15,000-17,000 clients assisted annually from 25 countries in four (4-6) languages
  • 60% of HUF’s clients hail from Latin nations and the Caribbean
  • 40% of our clients are American-born including African-Americans, Caucasians, and others
  • Key Program Areas: Education, Economic Development, Civic Engagement and Health
  • Serving Children & Families: Preschoolers, Youth and Adults
  • 90-95 cents of every dollar raised go to HUF programs! (Source: 2015 IRS/ 990 tax return)
  • Employees: 225 
  • Volunteers: 250+

HUF Programs and Services:

Language & Education

  • English classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    (Classes taught by Broward County Public Schools)
  • Early Learning Center (Licensed Pre-K & VPK for 3 – 5 year olds)
  • Year-Round Before/After School & Summer Program for youth 11-18 years old
  • Family Strengthening

Citizenship & Civic Engagement

  • Citizenship Classes
  • Naturalization Preparation Assistance
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Recognized 
  • Voter Registration Assistance

Health & Well-Being

  • Assistance with Primary Healthcare and Food Access
  • Information and Referrals

Economic Mobility

  • Center for Working Families:
    • Employment Preparation & Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Assistance in Accessing Public Benefits
    • Financial Education & Coaching
    • Certified Training Programs 
    • Homeownership Classes 
  • FREE Tax Preparation
  • Start-Your-Own Business Workshops “Emerging Entrepreneurs
  • Homeowner Education 

Equal Treatment & Opportunity

  • Immigration Referrals and FREE Immigration Clinics
  • Legal Consultation and Referrals (Legal Aid Service of Broward County)

FAQ

Q. Is Hispanic Unity (HUF) part of a national network of agencies?

A. HUF is a private, Human Services Agency / 501(c) (3). The agency is an affiliate member of NCLR (www.NCLR.org), the premier largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

Q. How many Board Members does Hispanic Unity have?

A. HUF is governed by a 16-21 member Board of Directors. Meet HUF’s volunteer leaders.

Q. How involved in your board and how to they provide oversight over HUF’s work?

A. HUF is fortunate to have very hands-on and engaged board members. Every board member is involved in one of HUF’s Standing Committees: Finance, Audit, Program and Marketing, Fund Development and Advocacy as well as ad-hoc committees such as Strategic Planning or Facilities.
HUF committees are robust and meet on a monthly basis. The committees are chaired by HUF board members and include very talented community experts/leaders in their respective fields. Meet our other HUF Committee Volunteers (non-Board Members) who also serve as members.

Q. Is Hispanic Unity audited?

A. Yes, HUF is audited annually. Our fiscal year is Jan-Dec. We engage an external audit firm and our IRS 990 form is available on this website and our Annual Financial Statements are available upon request.

Q. How large is your staff and what is your budget?

A. HUF’s staff ranges from 200-225 employees and an operating budget of approximately $5 million.

Q. How is HUF funded?

A. 50% of the agency’s funding comes from government; the remainder from the agency’s own fundraising efforts, corporate community, foundations, individuals and in-kind support.

Q. What is your administrative overhead cost?

A. HUF is proud to have very low overhead. According to our 990 Reports (over a five-year period);90-92% of HUF’s funds go directly to the program area.  An audit firm analyzed HUF’s performance vs. other similar non-profits in this region and HUF far exceeded the other local charities in this ratio. The other nonprofits averaged 80% of funds going to programs. HUF also has exceptionally low fund raising expenses. Industry average is under 35%, HUF averages 5-9.5% annually.

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:
MEMORIES of FLORIDA

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