Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

Statement

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has been the standard bearer internationally for the assertion and protection of inalienable rights and freedoms, a beacon of hope for refugees facing oppression and persecution, and a land of opportunity for immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

 

As philanthropic institutions, we have built our missions on this proud and rich tradition. We have invested in creating healthy communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, building a vibrant democracy, and advancing equity and equality for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, immigration status, and national origin.

 

The recently issued immigration executive orders compromise our nation’s founding principles and the Constitution, our standing in the world, and our core values of liberty, justice, and due process. They weaken our moral leadership, fuel the efforts of those who wish us ill, harm our global competitiveness, and fray our social fabric.

 

Our foundations support diverse issues, strategies, and communities across the country, but we are united in the belief that immigrants and refugees are integral to every aspect of our society. Newcomers enrich our culture and tradition as artists, playwrights, and dancers. Naturalized citizens strengthen our civic life as voters, jurors, school-board members, and elected officials. Immigrant entrepreneurs and refugee-owned businesses revitalize neighborhoods, towns, and cities across America. Foreign-born scientists and engineers fuel innovations and help our country prosper. Farmworkers put food on our tables, and caregivers nurture our children, care for our elders, and nurse our ill. Young newcomers—including DACA beneficiaries—demonstrate their patriotism and enthusiasm for American ideals in schools, communities, workplaces, and the armed forces. Without the contributions of immigrants and refugees now and throughout our history, our collective wellbeing and economic vitality would be greatly diminished.

 

We, the undersigned philanthropies, join public officials, the faith community, business leaders, and the American public in supporting policies that protect our national security, strengthen our economy, and uphold core American values. We stand with our grantees—advocates, organizers, researchers, and service providers—in calling for policies that reflect our nation’s founding principles, promote cohesion and inclusion, instill hope, and show compassion. Policies that recognize our global interdependence, that honor our tradition of welcoming those seeking refuge and a better life, and that keep families together will make our communities stronger, safer, and more prosperous.

 

We expect additional challenges in the weeks and months ahead on the immigration front, including expanded detention and deportations, and on policies affecting the rights of women, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable groups. The issues, communities, and core values that our foundations have sought to advance are under serious and imminent danger. With history and morality as our guide, we reject discriminatory policies that target individuals based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other grounds. We stand committed to the inherent value and dignity of every person at home and abroad. We stand together for the American Dream.

Signatories

Lateefah Simon, President
Akonadi Foundation

Iris Krieg, Executive Director
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
   
Eileen Coogan, President & CEO
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
 
   

Minna R. Buck, Founder
Aloha Foundation

Leticia Peguero, Executive Director
Andrus Family Fund & Family Philanthropy Program
   
Audrey Yamamoto, President & Executive Director
Asian Pacific Fund
Jim Canales, President & Trustee
Barr Foundation
   
Robert C. Kirkwood, Board Chair
Bella Vista Foundation
Jerry Greenfield, President
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
   
Cecilia C. Clarke, President & CEO
Brooklyn Community Foundation

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Bar Foundation

   
Antonia Hernández, President & CEO
California Community Foundation
Geri Mannion, Director, Strengthening Democracy Program and Special Opportunities Fund
Carnegie Corporation of New York
   
Hussien Y. Shousher, Board Chair
Center for Arab American Philanthropy
Karen A. Simmons, President & CEO
Chester County Community Foundation
   
K. Sujata, President & CEO
Chicago Foundation for Women

Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder & Chair
Chorus Foundation

   

Mary Pounder, Program Director
Comer Family Foundation

Laura Livoti, CEO
Common Counsel Foundation
   

Ellen Friedman, Executive Director
Compton Foundation

Leslie Ramyk, Executive Director
Conant Family Foundation
   

Yanique Redwood, President & CEO
Consumer Health Foundation

Elizabeth Sak, Executive Director
Cricket Island Foundation 
   
Joe Goldman, President
Democracy Fund
Lori Bezahler, President
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
   
Jacqueline Mann, President
Elias Foundation

Dr. Arthur E. Roswell, President
Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation

   
Lauren Embrey, President
Embrey Family Foundation
 
   
Elena M. Marks, President & CEO
Episcopal Health Foundation
Nicky Goren, President & CEO
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
   

Jennie Lehua Watson, Interim President
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Damon T. Hewitt, Executive Director
Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

   
Sandor Straus, President
Faye Straus, Vice-President
Firedoll Foundation
Darren Walker, President
Ford Foundation
   
Nancy Brain, Board President
Frances Hollis Brain Foundation

Mimi Frankel, Founder & Trustee
Frankel Family Foundation

   
Marnie Thompson, Co-Managing Director
Ed Whitfield, Co-Managing Director
Fund for Democratic Communities
 
   
Marcos Vargas, Executive Director
Fund for Santa Barbara
Christine H. Russell, Trustee
Mark Schlesinger, Trustee
Susan Clark, Director of Programs
Gaia Fund 
   
Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director
General Service Foundation

Nancy Bales, Executive Director
Nicholas Walrod, Board Chair
Gray Family Foundation

   
Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director
Groundswell Fund
Eva Grove, Founder & Board Member
Leslie Dorosin, Executive Director
Grove Foundation
   
Darren Sandow, Executive Director
Hagedorn Foundation

David Nicholson, Executive Director
Headwaters Foundation for Justice

   
Liz Simons, Chair of the Board
Deanna Gomby, President & CEO
Heising-Simons Foundation
Tricia Hellman Gibbs, MD, Board President
Susan Mayer Hirsch, Executive Director
Hellman Foundation
   
Nat Williams, Ph.D, Executive Director
Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Roger Doughty, President
Horizons Foundation

   
Ann B. Stern, President & CEO
Houston Endowment
Janet Froetscher, President
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
   

Peter W. Davidson, Chairman
Amy L. Freitag, Executive Director
J.M. Kaplan Fund

John Goldman, President 
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
   
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO
Latino Community Foundation
Debora Ortega, Ph.D., Board Chair
Carlos Martinez, Executive Director
Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
   
Kara L. Masters, Board President
Caitlin W. Davis, Executive Director
Legal Foundation of Washington
James S. Farley, Esquire, President & CEO
Leichtag Foundation
   

Daniel Lee, Executive Director
Levi Strauss Foundation

Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President & CEO
Liberty Hill Foundation
   

Unmi Song, President
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

David M. Okorn, Executive Director
Long Island Community Foundation

   
Luz A. Vega-Marquis, President & CEO
Marguerite Casey Foundation

Thomas Peters, Ph.D., President & CEO
Marin Community Foundation /
Buck Family Fund of MCF

   
Justin Maxson, Executive Director
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Helen Brunner, Foundation Director
Media Democracy Fund
   

Jenny Russell, Executive Director
Merck Family Fund

Charles Wilhoite, Board Chair
Doug Stamm, CEO
Meyer Memorial Trust 
   
Minette A. Kwok, Co-Founder & Board Member
Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation

Jeannie Blaustein, Ph.D., President
Morton and Jane Blaustein Foundation

   
Roberta Phillip-Robbins, J.D., Executive Director
MRG Foundation

Frank I. Sanchez, Executive Director
Needmor Fund

   

Nicholas Donohue, President & CEO
Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Michele Lord, President
NEO Philanthropy
   

Lorie A. Slutsky, President
New York Community Trust

Maria Mottola, Executive Director
New York Foundation

   

Kristin Hull, Founder, Director
Nia Community Foundation

 
   
Kevin F. Walker, President & CEO
Northwest Area Foundation

Nichole June Maher, President and CEO
Vanetta Abdellatif, Chair, Board of Directors
Northwest Health Foundation

   

Pamela Shifman, Executor Director
NoVo Foundation

Ken Zimmerman, Director of U.S. Programs
Open Society Foundations
   
Judith Baker, Executive Director
Traci Ray, President
Oregon Law Foundation

Veronica Reed, Board Chair
Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund

   
Gillian Darlow, CEO
Polk Bros. Foundation
Mary E. McClymont,
President and CEO
Public Welfare Foundation
   
Timothy P. Silard, President
Rosenberg Foundation
AixaN. Cintrón-Vélez, Ph.D., Program Director
Russell Sage Foundation
   

Sarah Martinez-Helfman, President
Samuel S. Fels Fund

Ann Alpers, President
S.H. Cowell Foundation

   
Fo-ChingLu, President
Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation
Chet P. Hewitt, President & CEO
Sierra Health Foundation
   

Susanna H. Krey, President
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Tom Keith, President
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
   

Cheryl Brownd, Program Director
Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

Sister Regina Fox, SSND, Executive Director
Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation

   
Sally Osberg, President & CEO
Skoll Foundation
Molly Gochman, Founder
Stardust Fund
   

Phillip W. Henderson, President
Surdna Foundation

John  F. Swift, President
Jennifer Astone, Executive Director
Swift Foundation 

   
Jennifer Leith, Executive Director
The Alfred & Mary Douty Foundation
Paul Grogan, President & CEO
The Boston Foundation
   
Robert K. Ross, M.D., President & CEO
The California Endowment
Judy Belk, President & CEO
The California Wellness Foundation
   
Truman Collins, President
Cynthia G. Addams, CEO
The Collins Foundation
Karen McNeil-Miller, President & CEO
The Colorado Health Foundation
   
Alicia Phillip, President
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
William W. Ginsberg, President & CEO
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
   
Elizabeth Brazas, President
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Christine Márquez-Hudson, President & CEO
The Denver Foundation

   
Trent Stamp, CEO
The Eisner Foundation

Angelique Power, President
The Field Foundation of Illinois

   
Drew Fink, Director
The Fink Family Foundation
Deborah T. Poritz, Board Chair
Kiki Jamieson, President
The Fund for New Jersey
   
Grant Oliphant, President
The Heinz Endowments
Marti Wilson-Taylor, Chair, Board of Trustees
Jocelyn V. Sargent, Executive Director
The Hyams Foundation, Inc.
   
Don Howard, President & CEO
The James Irvine Foundation
Rip Rapson, President & CEO
The Kresge Foundation
   
Alexandra A. Herzan, President
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
Patricia Blakely, Executive Director
The Merchants Fund
   
R.T. Rybak, President & CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation

Michael Gelman, Director
Susie Gelman, Director
The Morningstar Foundation

   
Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO
The New York Women’s Foundation
 
   
Craig Harwood, Director
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Martha McCoy, President
The Paul J. Aicher Foundation
   
Pedro Ramos, President & CEO
The Philadelphia Foundation

Richard Woo, CEO
The Russell Family Foundation

   
Fred Blackwell, CEO
The San Francisco Foundation
Amanda Cloud, President & CEO
The Simmons Foundation
   
Rick Kinsel, President
The Vilcek Foundation
Stacie Ma'a, President
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
   

Edward Kissam, Trustee
The Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund

John Esterle, Co-Executive Director
Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director
The Whitman Institute
   

Alan S. Davis, Director
The WhyNot Initiative

Larry Kramer, President
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

   
Christina Kind, Managing Trustee
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation

Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO
Tides

   
Taryn Higashi, Executive Director
Unbound Philanthropy

Richard Xavier Corral, Interim Executive Director
United Latinx Fund Los Angeles

   
Kate Kroeger, Executive Director
Urgent Action Fund

Ken Kind, Board President
Hugh Hogan, Executive Director
van Ameringen Foundation

   
Nancy Wiltsek, Executive Director
van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation

Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer
Victoria Foundation

   
Diana Buckhantz, Executor
Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation
John Schwartz, President
Voqal
   

William S. Goldman, President of the Board of Trustees
Pamela H. David, Executive Director
Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Fred Ali, President & CEO
Weingart Foundation
   
Laura Rossi, Esq., Executive Director
Westchester Community Foundation

Catherine Crystal Foster, Executive Director
Westly Foundation

   

Jennifer Corrigan, President, Board of Directors
Regina McGraw, Executive Director
Wieboldt Foundation

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., President & CEO
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

   

La June Montgomery Tabron, President & CEO
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Libby Wadsworth, CEO
Mary L. Gregory, Administrator
W.L.S. Spencer Foundation
   

Daniel Solomon, President
Woodbury Fund

Grace Hou, President
Woods Fund Chicago
   
Bob Uyeki, CEO
Y & H Soda Foundation
Allison Magee, Executive Director
Zellerbach Family Foundation
   
   

Philanthropy-Supporting Organizations

   

Susan Taylor Batten, President & CEO
ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Niamani Mutima, Executive Director
Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group

   

Sampriti Ganguli, CEO
Arabella Advisors

Cora Mirikitani, President & CEO
Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
   
Carly Hare, National Director/Coalition Catalyst
CHANGE Philanthropy
Tory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner
Dietel Partners
   

Rachel Leon, Executive Director
Environmental Grantmakers Association

Meg Long, President
Equal Measure
   

Eric Marshall, Executive Director
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

John Kania, Global Managing Director
FSG
   

Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Diana Campoamor, President
Hispanics in Philanthropy
   

Yvonne Moore, Principal Advisor
Moore Philanthropy

Dennis Quirin, President
Neighborhood Funders Group
   
Sarah Stachowiak, CEO
ORS Impact
Lori Villarosa, Executive Director
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
   

Iimay Ho, Executive Director
Resource Generation

Susan Eaton, Director
Sillerman Center

   
John Mitterholzer, Board Chair
L. Benjamin Starrett, President & CEO
The Funders' Network
Donna P. Hall, President & CEO
Women Donors Network

 

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For more information or to sign the statement, contact Caleb Beaudoin. If joining, please provide the name of your foundation and the name and title of your signer (i.e., the CEO, the board chair, or both).

 

A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this statement possible.

 

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