A Leader in Global Education Aims to Do More, With a Focus on the Most Marginalized

A Leader in Global Education Aims to Do More, With a Focus on the Most Marginalized

The Western Union Foundation has long focused its international grantmaking on education. Now, it’s launching a new program to help people who’ve been forcibly displaced get a fair shot at integrating into the global economy. 

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To Combat “Brain Waste,” a New Fund Aims to Tap the Potential of Immigrant Workers

To Combat “Brain Waste,” a New Fund Aims to Tap the Potential of Immigrant Workers

Conversations about the workforce “skills gap” often skip over the fact that millions of educated immigrants are un- or underemployed. A new grantmaker is supporting efforts to get them on track to fill open roles. Where’s the money going?

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"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

Mike Fernandez is another top Republican turned off by Trump and the GOP’s rising xenophobia. Through his philanthropy, he’s been supporting immigrants under pressure in Florida. He‘s also deeply committed to education.

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These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

At Borealis Philanthropy, taking cues from movement leaders is paramount. Its new fund to back justice reform organizers just awarded its first grants, and it’s renewing the call for applications for its immigration litigation fund.

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A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has been paying attention to immigration issues at the border for years, starting long before the 2016 election. We talk to its CEO about what it's doing now and philanthropy’s role in this urgent area.

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How Has This Public-Private Effort to Defend L.A.’s Immigrants Shaped Up?

How Has This Public-Private Effort to Defend L.A.’s Immigrants Shaped Up?

With a mission to help nonprofits extend free legal aid to immigrants, the L.A. Justice Fund launched in 2017 with support from both philanthropy and government. Two years on, it’s built up crucial infrastructure. But the scale of need remains vast.

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A Focus on Immigration: The Basics of the Chavez Family Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

A Focus on Immigration: The Basics of the Chavez Family Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

The Chavez Family Foundation is a San Francisco-based grantmaker that is often involved in immigration-related collaborations. Here's how local nonprofits in nine Bay Area counties can get involved with this funder.

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From Talk to Action: Behind a Call for Funders to Back Social Movements

From Talk to Action: Behind a Call for Funders to Back Social Movements

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has been a consistent advocate for movement-friendly grantmaking. In a new initiative, it’s examining how funders are (or aren’t) supporting social movements today—and how they could do better.

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“Create Momentum for Change.” A Soros-Backed Arts Fellowship Focuses on Migration

“Create Momentum for Change.” A Soros-Backed Arts Fellowship Focuses on Migration

The Open Society Foundations launched its Soros Arts Fellowships last year to support the work of artists in repressive regimes. This year’s fellowship builds on this approach by focusing on an issue that’s deeply personal for OSF’s founder.

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With an Eye on History, a Couple Gives to Organize and Train Reform Jews to Stand Up for Immigrants

With an Eye on History, a Couple Gives to Organize and Train Reform Jews to Stand Up for Immigrants

Jews know what it is to be immigrants and refugees, chased out of countries over many centuries. So it’s not surprising that some Jewish philanthropists—like Jill and Peter Kraus—are giving to push back against the Trump administration’s policies.

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The Private Money Shaping Public Conversation About Restricting Immigration

The Private Money Shaping Public Conversation About Restricting Immigration

For years, the organizations that pushed for tougher immigration restrictions operated on the fringes of policy debates. Now, with a powerful friend in the White House, they are enjoying new influence. We take a deep dive into their sources of funding.

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Universal Representation: Behind a Public-Private Partnership Effort to Defend Immigrants

Universal Representation: Behind a Public-Private Partnership Effort to Defend Immigrants

Providing vulnerable immigrants with legal representation dramatically decreases their chances of deportation. With the support of top funders, the Vera Institute’s Safety and Fairness for Everyone Network cultivates local jurisdictions to make that a reality in more places.

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“We Can’t Count on Washington”: A California Funder Preps for the 2020 Census

“We Can’t Count on Washington”: A California Funder Preps for the 2020 Census

As the most populous state, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to getting the 2020 Census right in California. Here’s a look at a funder stepping up to make sure everyone is counted.

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Census 2020: How Is Philanthropy Responding to the Citizenship Question?

Census 2020: How Is Philanthropy Responding to the Citizenship Question?

The addition of a question concerning citizenship status to the 2020 U.S. Census has many concerned about the effect the query could have on participation. Here’s how philanthropy is stepping up.

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The Fight Over Immigrants and Refugees Is Going to Intensify. Here's What Foundations Need to Do

The Fight Over Immigrants and Refugees Is Going to Intensify. Here's What Foundations Need to Do

In a guest post, Daranee Petsod, president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, predicts bigger showdowns ahead on these issues and lays out an action plan for philanthropy. 

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