As part of GCIR's evolution, we will grow our work at the state and local levels in the coming years, honing in on eight strategically selected geographies for this first phase of the work.






    The 2022 U.S. midterm elections saw a number of victories for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Philanthropy can help secure future wins by investing in youth, community-driven narratives, and organizing at the state and local levels.

  • Call to Action: Support the Afghan Adjustment Act

    To prevent tens of thousands of Afghans in the U.S. from being returned to a place where they could face grave danger, philanthropy can leverage its influence by advocating for a legislative solution.


  • the fight to preserve daca


    Philanthropy’s support is needed to protect and support DACA holders as the fate of the program hangs in the balance. We must also push for a broader legislative solution to ensure permanent protection for all undocumented people.


  • asylum in jeporady:
    Protecting the right
    to seek refuge

    While battles over policies endangering asylum seekers play out in court, the immigrant justice movement continues to fight to ensure a humane and effective asylum system.



    Grantmaking in a Networked Way

    The Fund helps migrant families and unaccompanied children receive urgent humanitarian relief and assistance as they join communities across California.

Now is the time to act

Join a growing philanthropic movement, currently 130 foundations strong, to address immigrant-specific issues and advance justice, equity, and inclusion for all.

Recent News

Nahir Torres headshot
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Board Feature: Nahir Torres, Senior Program Officer, The Hyams Foundation

As I reflect on what brings me to this work, I am reminded that these roots run deep. As a Puerto Rican brought up in the United States, I was raised with an awareness of our nation’s history of colonialism and at times violent intervention in Latin America and beyond. I saw how the U.S. government had fought to ensure that the political and economic arrangements in Latin American countries suited its own interests, while then abdicating responsibility for the resulting destabilization. 

Marissa Tirona, GCIR
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Moving Money and Power: Announcing GCIR's New Theory of Change

In 2021, GCIR launched a process to develop a new strategy which reflects our evolution as a national philanthropic mobilizing organization that creates strategic opportunities to move money and power to immigrant and refugee communities. To that end, we asked the Luminare Group to design and facilitate a strategy development process that was inclusive, generative, and collaborative. It was important to us that we did not create this new framework in a vacuum, so we convened a dynamic group of movement leaders, funders, and experts whose perspectives are informed by varied experiences and roles within the social justice ecosystem.  

Marissa Tirona, GCIR
Friday, November 11, 2022

Midterm Reflections: Immigration Wins and the Road Ahead

In her final quarterly message of 2022, GCIR President Marissa Tirona shares her reflections and key takeaways from the midterm election results, including political wins for immigrants and refugees, communities of color, and working families across the nation. She also highlights upcoming GCIR programming that will help philanthropy gear up for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.