Delivering on the Dream


DOTD was launched in late 2012 following the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which until its cancellation in September 2017 provided some 800,000 unauthorized youth and young adults with temporary protection from deportation, work visas, and other crucial benefits. Initially formed with a focus on implementing DACA, DOTD sites now take a variety of grantmaking approaches, many of which build on those early investments, to serve their communities’ immigrants, their families, and advance prosperity for all.​

Through streamlined efforts, DOTD leverages local funding with national match dollars and advances administrative relief implementation through outreach and education, legal services, and capacity building in the field. To date, more than 80 statewide and local funders have contributed to DOTD, and at least one in three funders currently involved in this initiative is new to immigrant-related grantmaking.​

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“Because of DACA I [was] able to support myself and to support my family while building a long-term career.” 
-DACA recipient served by Delivering on the Dream



 Delivering on the Dream Joint Statement on the Cancellation of DACA

Statement by DOTD collaborative members on DACA's cancellation.



Delivering on the Dream: The Power of Local-National Funder Partnership

One-page infographic summarizing DOTD's impact in 2016

Learning the Way: DACA, Educational Attainment, and Philanthropy

Eight-page report on philanthropic opportunities to assist immigrants who do not yet meet DACA's educational requirements

Stronger Together: The Power of Local-National Funder Partnerships

One-page infographic summarizing DOTD's impact in 2015

Dreamer Loan Programs: The Power of Partnerships with Community Development Credit Unions

Eight-page report consisting of five case studies of credit unions and foundations that provide loans to DACA applicants

DACA resource page

GCIR's portal for information on DACA

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"DACA gave my family and me peace of mind. Something as simple as driving out to see the fireworks on the Fourth of July was a big no-no, because we were afraid that if we got pulled over someone would get put into deportation proceedings.”
-DACA recipient served by Delivering on the Dream



For more information about Delivering on the Dream and the associated collaboratives, please contact Camellia Rodriguez-SackByrne, program and initiatives manager. 

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Photo of DREAM Action Day in Orange County. Shared by the Korean Resource Center under a Creative Commons license.