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.

  • the fight to preserve daca


    Philanthropy’s support is urgently 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Looking Back
    and Moving Forward:

    Biden's Record on Immigrant Rights

    Philanthropy can help ensure that the administration’s immigration policy agenda advances the protection and well-being of immigrant communities and furthers immigrant justice.

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

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.

Monday, November 7, 2022

RFP for Planning Consultant: Fund Creation

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) seeks to engage a consultant or team of consultants to facilitate a reflective and creative ideation process that culminates in the development of a concept note for the establishment of a new grantmaking fund.

Afghan woman holding her daughter and a copy of her birth certificate.
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Call to Action: Support the Afghan Adjustment Act

Soon after the U.S. government’s hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer, the United States received over 80,000 Afghan evacuees, many of whom were at added risk due to their association with the U.S. government during the two-decade war. Ninety percent of these migrants entered the country on humanitarian parole (HP), which allows them to live and work in the U.S. for two years, but does not provide a path to permanent residency, leaving them in legal limbo. The Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA), would allow Afghans with humanitarian parole to apply for permanent legal status and would expand the categories of Afghans eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs).