PLENARY: It’s Time to Dream—and Dream Big

Relentless policy attacks, particularly over the past three years, have put pro-immigrant stakeholders, including funders, on the defensive. Since November 2016, many in philanthropy have allocated significant rapid-response funding to mitigate the impact of this ruthless anti-immigrant onslaught. Philanthropic pushback has been critical to addressing humanitarian needs and has laid the groundwork for long-term efforts to dismantle structural injustices. 

As we look ahead to the future, it is time for us to dream—and dream big. What can funders do individually and collectively to create a world where everyone can thrive and belong, no matter where they were born? GCIR’s new grantmaking framework will help you begin to answer this question. Leaning into their courage and power, movement and philanthropic leaders will share their strategies for taking action and making their vision a reality. With these stories as inspiration, you as a participant will reflect on what you can do to move your own vision forward within your institution and beyond.

  • Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, Family Action Network Movement
  • Cedric Brown, Chief Foundation Officer, Kapor Center, and Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity
  • Angie Junck, Program Director, Human Rights, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Janine Lee, President & CEO, Southeastern Council on Foundations (moderator)
  • Daranee Petsod, President, GCIR
  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South
  • Shireen Zaman, Director of RISE Together Fund, Proteus Fund 
Date & Time: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT