The Culturally Integrated Education for Latinos Organization (CIELO) is a successor to the Central Illinois Chapter of National IMAGE, Inc. (IMAGE). Both organizations were organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The mission of IMAGE was to promote the Latino community through education, employment, and civil rights. Part of this mission included serving as advocate for individuals in the community faced with specific cases of prejudice or discrimination. However, activities over the years related to the advocacy goals of the local chapter diminished to the point of being essentially non-existent.
The geographic area represented by the local chapter of IMAGE also extended well beyond a 100 mile radius of the city of Springfield, Illinois and well beyond the geographic area within which the organization received its financial support. IMAGE funding was received from individual or organization donations that originated from within about a 45 mile radius of Springfield, IL with over 95% coming from within the city of Springfield, IL itself. Furthermore, all of the organization’s funding was raised by fundraising activities created to support the scholarship activities of the organization or generated by and in support of its cultural events.
CIELO also continues to support the cultural events initiated by the Illinois Chapter of National IMAGE, Inc.
The mission of CIELO is very similar to the original IMAGE organization in that it is dedicated to promoting the education, employment, and culture of Latino Americans. Although it is considered within the scope of the mission of CIELO to challenge social and ethic discrimination wherever and whenever encountered against the Latino community, we do not serve as advocate for individuals in the community faced with specific cases of prejudice or discrimination. The most significant emphasis of CIELO is raising funds to support the awarding of educational scholarships to Latinos which was the most significant emphasis of the local chapter of IMAGE.
This year, do something great with your birthday. Rally your friends to give back by making a difference in the lives of poor youth around the world, and start your next year of life with some karma in your back pocket.