From his native Robstown, Texas, to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., Solomón P. Ortiz was known as a fair-minded advocate who worked easily with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. For 28 years, Ortiz served as a member of the CHCI Board of Directors and as Board Chair from 1991-1992. Recognized as the "Dean of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus" until his retirement in 2010, Ortiz's work was rooted in the belief that education, opportunity, justice, and hard work are the keys to attaining the American Dream.

Today, Ortiz continues to inspire countless others through his tireless service to our community, his dedication to education attainment, and his advocacy for military personnel and our veterans.

CHCI has established a new Solomón P. Ortiz Scholarship Endowment fund to provide donors a personal way to honor the legacy of his work. The endowment provides a continuing and permanent source of scholarship funding at CHCI to help develop the next generation of Latino leaders.



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CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code. All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law and will help CHCI achieve its mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders.  85 percent of every dollar donated is spent to support our charitable purposes. A copy of CHCI’s financial statement may be obtained by contacting the Accounting Department at: 202-548-5862.  

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CHCI thanks the Coca-Cola Company and Marathon Oil for kicking off this effort with $10,000 donations towards the minimum goal of $50,000.  Both companies challenge other CHCI supporters to join them in this effort to secure Solomón P. Ortiz's legacy while developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

"At The Coca-Cola Company, we believe in the value of higher education and providing opportunities for young people to achieve their dreams. We are proud to support the Solomon P. Ortiz Endowment Fund and CHCI's efforts to increase scholarship opportunities for Latino youth."
~Frank Ros, Vice President Hispanic Strategies, The Coca-Cola Company

Endowment funders who contribute $10,000 or more will be part of an exclusive group of Cornerstone Partners. They will receive a commemorative plaque in honor of their support.


To pledge your support to the endowment please contact Gretchen Class, Corporate Donor Relations Manager, at gclass@chci.org or 202-548-5865.