At the time, the largest organization of its type was the Los Angeles-based CCNMA. Following the San Diego conference, CCNMA decided to take the leading role in building the national group. The California association lent its executive director support and resources to the emerging NAHJ. After obtaining 50,000 in seed money from the Freedom Forum (then the Gannett foundation), an organizing committee was formed. It included 15 men and women representing the Mexican-American, Cuban and Puerto Rican communities, the three largest Hispanic sub-groups in the United States.