Latin American Educational Foundation


561 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204



Social Media
Twitter: @LAEFColorado

Jim Chavez

Year Established

Service Area
LAEF has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher education needs of Hispanic and Latino students across the entire state of Colorado.

Mission Statement
Providing access to higher education for all Hispanics and Latinos in Colorado.

Advancing the educational, leadership, and economic status of all Hispanics and Latinos to improve the greater community.

College Access & Success
LAEF is dedicated to providing students and their families with the resources and services needed to make attending college a reality. LAEF offers information and guidance in navigating the college-going process. Our goal is to reduce the barriers for Hispanic and Latino students in attaining their college degree. LAEF assists with college planning, enrollment and registration, financial aid, direct scholarship support and mentoring. LAEF’s resources and services are provided in community forums, workshops and presentations, as well as one-on-one and walk-in basis. Over our 68 year history, LAEF has awarded close to $7 million in scholarships to thousands of talented college students.

Fundraising Events: 

March 10, 2018
Fillmore Auditorium
1510 Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218
Join LAEF at the Fillmore for its annual black-tie Gala. Guests enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment. The joy of the evening is highlighted with stories from LAEF scholars and alumni. You can get into the spirit of the evening by participating in the live and silent auction. Sponsorships and tickets are available. For more information please call 303-446-0541 or visit

Chicano Pride Ride
May 2018
This event encourages motorcycle riders, and drivers alike, to put the best poker hand together as they collect playing cards and tour some of the best pubs in greater Denver. Come join the fun!

Golf Tournament
July 16, 2018
Valley Country Club
Tee Up for Education is LAEF’s annual Golf Tournament! Enjoy a beautiful day on the course to support the scholarship and mentoring program. Should you feel lucky, the evening before is our signature Calcutta Reception! Teams are live auctioned off to the highest bidder and friendly competition is had by all. The next day enjoy the greens for a good cause, all event proceeds go to support the scholarship program and services.

LAEF Young Professionals
Fall 2018
The LAEF Young Professionals Board enhances the mission of LAEF, through outreach to LAEF alumni and other young professionals, and to increase public awareness and visibility of LAEF. Through mentoring relationships with scholarship recipients, our LAEF young professionals foster greater student success and higher graduation rates, ultimately helping to develop leaders of the future.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

LAEF’s success over the years has been made possible by the hard work and support of our community. If you would like to volunteer your time or talents to LAEF there are many exciting and impactful ways to get involved. Every volunteer matters. Please contact us at to find out how you can make a difference.

Giving Opportunities: 

LAEF accepts a variety of tax-deductible gifts. You may visit to give online, send checks by mail, or give non-cash donations of stock or other personal property or planned gifts. LAEF’s Legacy Giving Society honors and recognizes individuals who have included a planned gift to LAEF in their estate plan.

LAEF Endowment Campaign – Building on Our Past, Investing in Our Future, is a 3-year endowment campaign for LAEF, to raise $3 million to expand our scholarship and services programs and ensure that LAEF’s mission and vision continue in perpetuity for future generations to come. The campaign seeks gifts of cash, multi-year pledges, charitable estate and planned gift commitments.

Board of Directors: 

Bob Beiersdorf

Scott Long
Vice President

Tony Salazar

Percy Trujillo

Luis Canela

Nolbert Chavez

Casey Gunning

Scott Long

Joe Marotta

Loretta Martinez

Manuel Martinez

Marcela Mendoza

Jonathan Munro

Pauline Rivera

Monica Rosenbluth

Landri Taylor

Debbie Trujillo