Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, education and health services, leadership development and advocacy.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Congreso is a leading provider of high-quality programs with an expert focus on the Latino community. Its Primary Client Model (PCM™), which ensures a client-centered, data-driven approach to service delivery, is the foundation for Congreso’s nationally renowned emphasis on outcomes measurement.
Congreso was an early adopter of this framework for how nonprofits moved from outputs to outcomes. Growing from one data manager in 2002 to a Data and Evaluation Department now providing consultation to nonprofits around the nation, Congreso’s mission to strengthen Latino communities now includes strengthening community residents and the organizations that serve them.
In 2007, Congreso, with funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, embarked on a systemic review of the agency’s mission, impact, and strategic approach to its work.
The theory of change that resulted is as follows:
Congreso intends to alleviate poverty in families by increasing their economic status through the achievement of education credentials, employment, social and health barrier removal, and cultural identity.
Congreso believes that sustainable change occurs when we invest in addressing the underlying cause rather than the symptom. As poverty limits the choices of our families, Congreso’s intent is to transform the lives of Latinos by moving them up the economic ladder and ultimately out of poverty. Congreso has committed to doing this by focusing on education and employment, simultaneously providing the health and supportive services necessary to guarantee successful outcomes.
Congreso’s Theory of Change is designed to help the organization enhance its capacities and resources, administrative and management strengths, programming and program alignment, and staff capabilities in order to maintain and improve the effectiveness of its services, and sustain them at high levels of quality over time.