This brief is based on the closing plenary from #GCIR2020. Speakers discussed how COVID-19 is affecting their communities, their organizations, the 2020 census, and the upcoming election, how they are responding in real-time, and recommendations for funders.
Coronavirus / Covid-19: GCIR Resources
This recording is of the closing plenary from #GCIR2020. Speakers discussed how COVID-19 is affecting their communities, their organizations, the 2020 census, and the upcoming election, and how they are responding in real-time.
In these tumultuous times when people the world over are experiencing fear, distress, and uncertainty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, GCIR is leaning into our core values to guide how we mobilize philanthropy to support immigrant families and communities in the United States. We believe this moment calls for philanthropy to lead with courage to advance an inclusive, equitable, and holistic response. Philanthropic action must not only address urgent needs but reflect a vision that all Americans, no matter where they were born, are united with one another in the face of this devastating public health crisis.
Resources shared on the quarter two statewide CIII meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Adaptive Strategies to Get out the Count: How California Census Grantees are Pivoting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Census 2020 California Statewide Funders’ Initiative: Adaptive Strategies to Get out the Count: How California Census Grantees are Pivoting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
U.S. deportation and expulsion practices are recklessly exposing an entire region to increased risk of COVID-19.
Between March and May 2020, GCIR conducted more than 50 interviews with immigrant-serving organizations across the state, representing a wide range of populations, geographies, issues, and strategies. These interviews sought to explore: pressing concerns related to COVID-19; strategies being deployed to address these concerns; current organizational capacity; and top policy and advocacy strategies at the local, state, and federal level.
These interviews revealed that immigrant-serving and immigrant-led organizations across the state are stretched to their limits. They are working to address urgent basic needs, test new strategies, and advocate for structural change, while managing capacity and other organizational challenges.