The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, is thrilled to present the 2009 NCLR Annual Conference, “A New Era of Responsibility: Community, Unity, Purpose,” in Chicago, Illinois on July 25–28 at McCormick Place West. This year, the NCLR Annual Conference will offer nearly 60 thought-provoking workshops along 12 tracks that range from Community Empowerment and Education to Policy and Workforce Development. NCLR is also thrilled to announce the addition of the new Philanthropy Track along with its innovative workshops and discussions, created just for this year’s Annual Conference. NCLR looks forward to providing a platform to share best practices and the newest information regarding philanthropic giving in our workshops and town halls. Join us on Saturday, July 25 to learn about the newest trends in philanthropic development and hear from one of Forbes magazine’s 2007 “100 Most Powerful Women,” Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who will address Conference attendees at that day’s luncheon. NCLR is honored to have her participate in this year’s Conference and kick off our new Philanthropy Track—we hope you will join us! Did you know Illinois residents qualify to receive a discounted rate of $335 for Conference registration? Just enter Chicago2009 as the promo code when you register online at www.nclr.org/conference. This is a limited-time offer, so register today!