Who We Are

Over 50 years ago, civil rights activist Cesar Chavez ignited a movement that would transform communities by championing the rights of farmworkers, Latinos and working people. He believed it was important to support working families and Latinos through numerous programs including a burial program, credit union and cooperative gas stations in order to create lasting community empowerment.

Today, the Cesar Chavez Foundation carries on his legacy by growing and adapting into a successful group of social enterprises that support working families, inspiring and transforming communities from rural to urban areas throughout the Southwest and across generations.

With more than 600 employees across six states, the Cesar Chavez Foundation provides services to over one million people in the following areas:

Creates and manages high-quality, service-enhanced affordable housing for working families and seniors across the Southwest. We aim to become a premier economic development engine whose activities result in $1 billion dollars of new investment in underserved communities by 2025.

Promotes and preserves the legacy of Cesar Chavez with a National Monument, visitor center, memorial gardens and gravesite, as well as Villa La Paz, a conference and educational center. Shop the National Chavez Center Store.

Develops future leaders through self-sustaining elementary educational programs, products and services to pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students. By 2028 we want to build an educational enterprise that measurably impacts one million students.

Broadcasts from eight radio stations across California, Arizona and Nevada to entertain and engage listeners, provide vital information and bring communities together. Our goal is to transform Radio Campesina into a top-five ranked media conglomerate by 2030.

Our Purpose

Inspiring and transforming communities

Our Mission

At the Cesar Chavez Foundation, our mission is to carry on Cesar’s life’s work of uplifting the lives of Latinos and working families by inspiring and transforming communities through social enterprises that address essential human, cultural and community needs.

Our Values

Anything Is Possible (Sí Se Puede)
Double Bottom Line

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

– Cesar Chavez