Strength in Numbers: Behind a Fundraising Push for Immigrant Rights

Monday, November 26, 2018
Strength in Numbers: Behind a Fundraising Push for Immigrant Rights

With the White House and government officials taking an increasingly hard line on immigration and border security, eight California charities working on behalf of immigrants have formed a new coalition to raise money.

The California United Fund, as the collective fundraising effort is called, will debut its first campaign on Giving Tuesday, which motivates people to support charities on the fifth day after the Thanksgiving holiday. Donations will be shared equally among the eight organizations.

“Coming together to fight for the cause of protecting immigrants and refugees will allow us to better advocate for more thoughtful laws and policies that empower the most vulnerable among us,” said Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it is one of the eight nonprofits participating in the effort.

The seven others are: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Los Angeles), Council on American-Islamic Relations (Sacramento), Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (Ontario), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (Los Angeles), PICO California (Oakland), Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (San Jose and Fresno), and the United Farmworker Foundation (Los Angeles).

The coalition is supported by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, which has long sought to improve grantees’ fundraising abilities. After noticing a surge in giving and volunteerism to progressive organizations following the 2016 election, the fund launched the M3 Initiative (Message, Mobilize, Money), hiring M+R Consultants to help the eight immigration organizations galvanize supporters to donate and take action.

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