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.

In 2017, Inside Philanthropy named us the Funders’ Affinity Group of the Year for leading funder pushback to anti-immigrant policies.

Vision

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

Mission

We galvanize philanthropy to advance immigrant justice and belonging.

Values

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 funding collaboratives in 21 states and has deployed $78 million to 500+ grantees.

Learning Communities: We offer funders with shared or intersecting interests opportunities to learn, connect, and strategize with one another.

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.

Resources on GCIR

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.

GCIR 25th Anniversary Timeline
January 2016

GCIR 25th Anniversary Timeline

This two-page infographic covers major policy developments for immigrants and refugees between 1990 and 2015, as well as the efforts over that time period by GCIR, our members, and partners.

GCIR 20th Anniversary Video
July 2010

GCIR 20th Anniversary Video

This six-minute video features GCIR's founders, members, and allies reflecting on the past 20 years immigrant integration efforts and immigration policy development and the role that philanthropy has played.