2020 Movement Investment Project
Q: What should local funders do differently?
A: While every foundation is different, we believe foundations should come together and ensure their collective local giving better matches the demographics of their local community, which includes immigrants and refugees. As they do so, they should prioritize giving to the pro-immigrant, pro-refugee movement as one of their most effective strategies, no matter what their portfolio looks like. The best place to start is by building relationships with the immigrant and refugee justice community in your backyard.
Q. Is there anything else local funders should do besides give more grants?
A: Yes, there are plenty of ways foundations can wield and share their power with immigrants, refugees and this movement, from speaking out about local ICE actions to asking movement leaders to serve in positions of leadership.
Q: Why does this data end in 2018?
A: There’s always a delay in foundation reporting, and this is the most recent year where we are confident with the available data. We also don’t think overall trends have changed drastically since then, though there are always exceptions. As more data become available, we hope to update this dashboard.
Q: My state’s detention and deportation numbers seem off or at least lower than expected. Why is that?
A: Deportation and detention figures in the dashboard reflect the number of individuals who are deported from a region or detained in a specific state. The figures do not reflect the number of residents from that state who are deported from a different region or detained in a different state, and may not reflect the total number of people deported or detained from the state. NCRP relies on US Government statistics for these numbers, and we recognize their reporting may be intentionally or unintentionally flawed. We welcome other sources of information and will continue to work with our members and allies to present data that describes the impact that local and federal government policies are having on immigrant and refugee communities.
Q. Do you recommend any additional resources or experts?
A. We have many nonprofit members active in this movement who we can connect you to (they’re on the dashboard for each state too). The below list is also a great place to start:
Q: What about funding around COVID-19?
A. This dashboard does not include philanthropy’s response around COVID-19. However, we highly encourage local foundations to ensure immigrants, refugees and the pro-immigrant, pro-refugee movement are consulted and prioritized in their COVID-19 response, in the short and long-term.
Q. We think our foundation’s giving is different than what you have listed. What should we do?
A. Get in touch with us at bbarge[at]ncrp.org to share your analysis. Publicly available data about foundation giving will always be imperfect, and we welcome additional data.
Q. I know about a local foundation that has been an incredible ally to the pro-immigrant, pro-refugee movement in our state. Can we tell you about them?
A. Yes! We’re always looking for great stories about local foundations going above and beyond. Email Ben Barge at bbarge[at]ncrp.org.
Q. Do you work with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)?
A: GCIR is an incredible resource and a long-standing partner to NCRP. This tool is designed to complement their critical work. We highly recommend strengthening your relationship with the GCIR team and learning more about their efforts, from GCIR’s COVID-19 response to their Delivering on the Dream pooled fund network.
Q. I’m active in the pro-immigrant, pro-refugee movement, and I want to learn more about we can work with local foundations. Do you have any tips?
A. Yes! We created a mini-guide for activists and nonprofits in this movement called “How to Meet Collectively with Local Funders.” Email immigrantrefugee[at]ncrp.org to receive a free copy.
Q. This tool was incredibly helpful for us. Now what?
A. Tell NCRP! We’d love to know how it goes, connect you with peers and additional resources, and help you share any lessons learned you have had in this process with other people around the country doing the same thing. Email Ben Barge at bbarge[at]ncrp.org.
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