Meet the foundations we that we are honoring virtually at 2021 NCRP Impact Awards
“MOVER AND SHAKER” IMPACT AWARD FOR BOLD PEER ORGANIZING:
FOUR FREEDOMS FUND
Since its founding in 2003, Four Freedoms Fund has infused the immigrant justice movement with over $180 million and provided crucial technical assistance to deepen organizational capacity. From an initial handful of grantees in 2003, FFF now supports organizations, coalitions and networks operating in approximately 30 states and Washington DC.
Through the unprecedented challenges and ever-changing political landscape of the past eighteen years, FFF has worked to ensure the immigrant justice movement has the resources and infrastructure it needs to empower, protect, and defend immigrant communities under all political conditions. FFF has invested in the long-term ability of immigrant justice organizations to effectively organize and build power from the ground up, challenge immigration enforcement, mobilize immigrant voters, secure inclusive state and local immigrant justice policies, respond to critical opportunities and threats, and build momentum to transform federal immigration systems.
FFF’s long-term and responsive grantmaking and capacity building initiatives have helped the immigrant justice movement build and win under some of the most hostile political conditions. In response to the rising anti-immigrant threat as well as the growing needs of the movement, FFF launched a number of initiatives to support grantees to respond to extreme challenges, while building movement infrastructure and seizing opportunities to advance lasting systemic change, including FFF’s:
• Rapid Response Fund
• Black Migrant Initiative
• Ending Child Detention and Family Separation Initiative
• COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
• Wellness Fund
Despite years of attacks on immigrant communities, continued racial and economic injustice, and the compounding destructive impacts of COVID-19, the immigrant justice movement is emerging from these intersecting crises stronger than it entered them. With FFF’s support, immigrant justice organizations across the country have relentlessly continued the long and difficult work of organizing their communities, strengthened organizational capacity, secured transformational policy victories, and demonstrated that immigrant communities are a powerful political force that cannot be ignored.
Following years of sustained FFF investments in state and local immigrant justice organizations, the immigrant justice movement is undoing the damage of the past years and rebuilding a better, more inclusive nation through bold policy reforms expanding protections, opportunities, and equity for immigrants and their communities. Through years of ceaseless movement building, voter mobilization, and hundreds of state and local immigrant justice policy victories, the immigrant justice movement has laid the groundwork to meet this movement moment.
“We are deeply honored to be receiving NCRP’s “Mover and Shaker” Award for Bold Peer Organizing, particularly at this moment when fighting for immigrant justice could not be more critical,” said Rini Chakraborty, Senior Director, Four Freedoms Fund. “The immigrant justice movement is leading the way – from restoring the promise of democracy to championing freedom and liberation for all. The FFF team is grateful for the privilege of supporting the immigrant justice movement in its work to transform our country’s systems to be inclusive, fair and just, and grounded in racial, gender and economic justice.”
Read more about FFF’s impact and the work of FFF grantees in the Carnegie Corporation’s report, The Four Freedoms Fund: A Philanthropic Partnership Helps Build a Movement.