Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

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200 philanthropic institutions have signed in support of this statement, representing local, state, regional, and national foundations from across the country.


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.


Lateefah Simon, President
Akonadi Foundation
Oakland, CA

Iris Krieg, Executive Director
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
Chicago, IL
Eileen Coogan, President & CEO
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Minna R. Buck, Founder
Aloha Foundation

James D. McDonough, Executive Director
Alphawood Foundation

Leticia Peguero, Executive Director
Andrus Family Fund & Family Philanthropy Program
New York, NY
Audrey Yamamoto, President & Executive Director
Asian Pacific Fund

Thomas E. Wilcox, President
Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore, MD


Jim Canales, President & Trustee
Barr Foundation
Boston, MA

Robert C. Kirkwood, Board Chair
Bella Vista Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Jerry Greenfield, President
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
South Burlington, VT

Claire M. Solot, Managing Director
Bigglesworth Family Foundation

Cecilia C. Clarke, President & CEO
Brooklyn Community Foundation
Brooklyn, NY

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
West Chester, PA

K. Sujata, President & CEO
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago, IL

John Boettiger, Chair
Christopher Reynolds Foundation

Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder & Chair
Chorus Foundation

Mary Pounder, Program Director
Comer Family Foundation
Chicago, IL

Laura Livoti, CEO
Common Counsel Foundation
Oakland, CA

Jeff Hirota, CEO
Community Foundation Boulder County
Boulder, CO

Ellen Friedman, Executive Director
Compton Foundation

Leslie Ramyk, Executive Director
Conant Family Foundation

Yanique Redwood, President & CEO
Consumer Health Foundation
Washington D.C.

Marco Antonio Quiroga, Program Director of the Contigo Fund
Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation
Wilton Manors, FL

Elizabeth Sak, Executive Director
Cricket Island Foundation 


Jeanne Kracher, Executive Director
Crossroads Fund
Chicago, IL

Maryanne Mott, Founder & Trustee
CS Fund

Lukas Haynes, Executive Director
David Rockefeller Fund

Joe Goldman, President
Democracy Fund

Lori Bezahler, President
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Jacqueline Mann, President
Elias Foundation
Brooklyn, NJ
Dr. Arthur E. Roswell, President
Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation

Lauren Embrey, President
Embrey Family Foundation


Richard England, Jr., Board President
Julia Baer-Cooper, Philanthropic Advisor
England Family Foundation        


Elena M. Marks, President & CEO
Episcopal Health Foundation
Houston, TX

Nicky Goren, President & CEO
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Washington, D.C.


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

Sandor Straus, President
Faye Straus, Vice-President
Firedoll Foundation

Darren Walker, President
Ford Foundation  
Mimi Frankel, Founder & Trustee
Frankel Family Foundation

Nancy Brain, Board President
Frances Hollis Brain 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
Portland, OR

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

Lisa K. Simmons, President
Serena Simmons Connelly, Director of Philanthropy
Harold Simmons Foundation
Dallas, TX


Megan Quitkin, Director of International and New York Programs
Harman Family Foundation

David Nicholson, Executive Director
Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Minneapolis, MN

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
San Francisco, CA
Nat Williams, Ph.D, Executive Director
Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Roger Doughty, President
Horizons Foundation
San Francisco, CA

Ann B. Stern, President & CEO
Houston Endowment

Julia Kaemmer, President
Kathleen Fluegel, Executive Director
HRK Foundation
St.Paul, MN


Sasha Rabsey, Founder
HOW Fund


Randy Newcomb, President & CEO
Humanity United

Julie Gersten, Co-Founder
Interfaith Refugee Project

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

Jennifer Rainin, Ph.D., CEO
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Oakland, CA

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
Seattle, WA

James S. Farley, Esquire, President & CEO
Leichtag Foundation
San Diego, CA


Daniel Lee, Executive Director
Levi Strauss Foundation

Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President & CEO
Liberty Hill Foundation

Unmi Song, President
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Chicago, IL

David M. Okorn, Executive Director
Long Island Community Foundation
Long Island, NY


Mitch Lynn, Founder
David Lynn, Advisor
Lynn Family Fund at The San Diego 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
San Francisco, CA

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

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

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
Oakland, CA

Kevin F. Walker, President & CEO
Northwest Area Foundation
St. Paul, MN

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
Novato, CA

Gillian Darlow, CEO
Polk Bros. Foundation
Chicago, IL
Mary E. McClymont, President & CEO
Public Welfare Foundation
Pamela Reis, President
Reis Foundation
Stephen Heintz, President
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Melissa A. Berman, President & CEO
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Timothy P. Silard, President
Rosenberg Foundation
Aixa N. Cintrón-Vélez, Ph.D., Program Director
Russell Sage Foundation
Sarah Martinez-Helfman, President
Samuel S. Fels Fund
Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Walczyk, Executive Director
Satterberg Foundation

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
Cleavland, OH

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
Orange, CA

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
Philadelphia, CA

Jim Durkan, Interim President
The Arthur 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
Denver, CO
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
Asheville, NC

Virginia Bayless, Board Chair
Christine Márquez-Hudson, President & CEO
The Denver Foundation
Denver, CO

Trent Stamp, CEO
The Eisner Foundation
Beverly Hills, CA

Angelique Power, President
The Field Foundation of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Drew Fink, Director
The Fink Family Foundation
Westport, CA
Deborah T. Poritz, Board Chair
Kiki Jamieson, President
The Fund for New Jersey
Princeton, NJ
Grant Oliphant, President
The Heinz Endowments
Pittsburgh, PA
Marti Wilson-Taylor, Chair, Board of Trustees
Jocelyn V. Sargent, Executive Director
The Hyams Foundation, Inc.
Don Howard, President & CEO
The James Irvine Foundation

Ruth Hennig, Executive Director
The John Merck Fund

Keith Swayne, Co-founder
Anne Swayne, President
The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation
Rip Rapson, President & CEO
The Kresge Foundation
Alexandra A. Herzan, President
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
Patricia Blakely, Executive Director
The Merchants Fund
Philadelphia, PA
R.T. Rybak, President & CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation
Minneapolis, MN

Michael Gelman, Director
Susie Gelman, Director
The Morningstar Foundation

Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO
The New York Women’s Foundation
New York, NY
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
Philadelphia, PA

Bryan Traubert, Trustee
Cindy Moelis, President
The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Chicago, IL

Richard Woo, CEO
The Russell Family Foundation
Gig Harbor, WA

Fred Blackwell, CEO
The San Francisco Foundation

Irene Reynolds Schier, Board President
Christine Reeves Strigaro, Executive Director
The Sapelo Foundation

Dan Chu, Executive Director
The Sierra Club 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
San Francisco, CA

Alan S. Davis, Director
The WhyNot Initiative

Tom Glenn, Chair
The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
Atlanta, GA

Larry Kramer, President
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Menlo Park, CA

Christina Kind, Managing Trustee
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO
San Francisco, CA

Taryn Higashi, Executive Director
Unbound Philanthropy

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

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
Newark, NJ

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

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

Fred Ali, President & CEO
Weingart Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Laura Rossi, Esq., Executive Director
Westchester Community Foundation
Hartsdale, NY

Catherine Crystal Foster, Executive Director
Westly Foundation
Menlo Park, CA


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

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
Chicago, IL
Bob Uyeki, CEO
Y & H Soda Foundation
Maurice "Mo" Green, Executive Director
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation 

Merryl Snow Zegar, Trustee and Executive Director
Zegar Family 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)

Deborah Holmes, Board Chair
Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy

Carly Hare, National Director/Coalition Catalyst
CHANGE Philanthropy
Tory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner
Dietel Partners

Mark Randazzo, Executive Director
EDGE Funders Alliance

Rachel Leon, Executive Director
Environmental Grantmakers Association

Meg Long, President
Equal Measure

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

Eric Marshall, Executive Director
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

John Kania, Global Managing Director

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

Glen Macdonald, Founder and Advisory Board Chair
The Wealth & Giving Forum

Donna P. Hall, President & CEO
Women Donors Network



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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