Philanthropy: It’s Time to Stand Up for Day Laborers and Immigrants

First of all, foundations can pay out more than five percent of their assets in grants—a step that some foundations, but still too few, have done in the current emergency period. Second, recall that baseline support is low. As Candid reported last year, “According to the most recent data, 1.3 percent of all philanthropic dollars granted between 1999 and 2009 in the US were awarded in support of Latinx communities, while those same communities now represent 18 percent of the US population.” Also, as NPQ reported last year, in 2016, as Donald Trump ran for the presidency, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) found that total support for immigrant rights groups from the nation’s 1,000 largest foundations was a paltry $124 million, less than one percent of spending by those foundations and roughly 40 cents per capita.

Read the entire article in Nonprofit Quarterly.