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 27 funding collaboratives in 21 states that have deployed $78 million in support of more than 500 vetted 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.

Affirmative Vision for Philanthropy

To combat insidious structural injustices and build an equitable future for all, philanthropy needs a long-term affirmative vision that goes beyond rapid response. For a preview of this affirmative vision, read GCIR President Daranee Petsod’s remarks from Courage, Vision, Action, GCIR’s 2020 National Convening.

President's Messages

Sign that says, "Vote Like Your Country Depends On It"
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

We Will Fight On

2020 has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes. The fourth consecutive year of escalating policy attacks on immigrants and many other marginalized communities.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Relief for Now, Resilience for the Future

In the face of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis, we have redoubled our commitment to realizing our vision of a just and equitable society in which everyone thrives, no matter where they were born.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The New Public Charge Rule and the Threat to Our Democracy

The Trump administration has launched its most far-reaching attack on immigrants to date in the guise of a seemingly innocuous regulatory change: the revised “public charge” rule. When the new rule goes into effect on October 15, barring delays due to litigation, immigrants accessing programs that help them meet basic needs, such as food, housing, and health care, can be denied a green card, and individuals deemed likely to use these programs can be denied admission to the United States.

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.