As a Mexican immigrant dedicated to building my career in the philanthropy space, I’m deeply moved and inspired by the Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration organized by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). The document, which has been signed by more than 100 philanthropic leaders across the country, expresses the need to keep America a land of opportunity for immigrants and refugees seeking a better life for themselves and their families.
This effort is an example of how foundations can quickly take a stand to support vulnerable communities in today’s challenging political climate. The statement is also an example of the critical role foundations can play by going beyond grantmaking and organizing in support of communities or causes.
Immigrant communities have been experiencing a lot of fear in the past few weeks. Support from different groups of people—our neighbors asking us about our families, protesters telling us that we belong here, coworkers telling us how valuable we are to our organizations—gives us hope.
The Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration is another important way that many in the philanthropic sector are showing support and telling us that they are behind us. If you are a funder, this is an opportunity to let immigrant communities know that your organization cares. Read the statement and add your name.
!Estamos en la lucha!