About Us

About GCIR

Founded in 1990, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is the nation’s only immigrant-focused philanthropy-supporting organization (PSO). GCIR works with our 130 member institutions, the 1,200 individual grantmakers in our network, our partners in the field, and other PSOs to mobilize funder resources on the most pressing issues facing immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.


GCIR envisions a society in which everyone thrives no matter where they were born.


We galvanize philanthropy to advance immigrant justice and belonging.


Our work in the philanthropic sector is grounded in the following values:

Justice: We are committed to racial, social, and economic justice.

Belonging: We believe that belonging is essential to building strong communities and a healthy democracy.

Humanity: We believe that everyone is connected by our shared humanity.

Courage: We believe that taking risks is imperative to achieve a just and equitable society.

Solidarity: We are united with other movements and communities in the pursuit of civil and human rights.

Members & Network

Our members and partners are local, state, regional, and national foundations from across the country, with diverse grantmaking priorities, including health, education, rights and justice, economic security, and more. Whether they explicitly fund immigrant-related efforts or not, all of these foundations recognize the importance of applying an immigration lens to their grantmaking. For more information, visit our membership page.

What We Do

From briefings and publications to consultations and convenings, we inform funders about policy developments and help them make the connection between their priorities and immigration. We connect funders from around the country to one another, catalyzing coordinated and collaborative grantmaking for maximum impact. And we encourage philanthropic institutions to assert their voice in the public discourse, via joint public statements, their own communications, and submission of public comments on proposed rules and regulations. Our work has informed and mobilized hundreds of millions of dollars to support immigrant communities across the country.

Major Areas of Work

In addition to briefings, strategy meetings, consultations, and biennial convenings, GCIR’s major areas of work include:

California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII): Since its inception in 2007, this funder table has provided the infrastructure for California funders to be on the leading edge of philanthropic response. Between 2016 and 2019 alone, CIII helped California funders deploy $323 million to address critical issues facing immigrant communities across the state.

Delivering on the Dream (DOTD): Launched in 2012, this national network has 27 funding collaboratives in 21 states that have deployed $78 million in support of more than 500 vetted grantees.

California Census 2020 Statewide Funders’ Initiative: Launched in 2018, this statewide table has helped funders coordinate more than $26 million to support a fair and accurate count in the 2020 census.

President's Messages

Marissa Tirona
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Protecting our Families, Neighbors, and Friends: The Fight to Preserve DACA

Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed the governors of Texas, Florida, and Arizona sponsor the cruel and craven relocation of asylum seekers to New York, Martha’s Vineyard, and Washington, D.C. As I watched people in those receiving communities welcome these newcomers with generosity and resources, I reflected on the fundamental right to move freely. As described by the Immigrant Movement Visioning Process, the freedom to move means that “all people should have the freedom to move equitably and be welcomed,” and that “immigration should be a safe and empowering choice that is available to all, rather than an act of desperation.” And, just as migration is a natural part of the human experience, so too is the right for individuals, families, and communities to stay once they have migrated – to establish roots and belong in a place they call home

Marissa Tirona
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

GCIR's Collective Work: Sowing, Growing, and Harvesting

In her second quarterly message of 2022, GCIR president Marissa Tirona shares some of the highlights of GCIR’s recent work, including GCIR’s national convening in Houston in May, grantmaking and learning through the California Dignity for Families Fund, developing a theory of change though the strategic planning process, and partnering with Upwardly Global to advance the economic power of immigrant and refugee women of color.

Marissa Tirona, GCIR
Thursday, March 24, 2022

GCIR's Response to Complex Challenges in 2022

In her first quarterly message of 2022, GCIR president Marissa Tirona highlights the importance of addressing the root causes of migration; supporting intersectional, transnational, and cross-movement work; and cultivating a thriving and durable immigrant and refugee movement ecosystem.

GCIR History

The first page of GCIR's 30th Anniversary Timeline, which covers immigration policy and philanthropic responses from 1990 through 2020.
March 2020

GCIR 30th Anniversary Timeline

This four-page timeline summarizes immigrant and refugee policy developments and philanthropic responses from 1990 to 2020.


GCIR 25th Anniversary Video
July 2016

GCIR 25th Anniversary Video

This four-minute video features GCIR board members talking about the role the organization played in addressing the needs, uplifting the contributions, and supporting immigrants and refugees in reaching their full potential.

GCIR Theory of Change
January 2016

GCIR Theory of Change

This document lays out the issue GCIR seeks to address, the assumptions we operate from, and the strategies we utilize, and the anticipated changes from our work.