Florida has one of the hottest economies in the nation—and immigrants and refugees are big players in the state’s success. Cities and towns across the Sunshine State have benefitted from newcomers’ outsized role in starting businesses.
Despite immigrants' crucial role in our nation’s economy—the country’s 45 million foreign-born residents represent 13 percent of the U.S. population but 17 percent of its workforce—many lack access to financial services the rest of us take for granted.
A week ago, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees issued a powerful joint statement calling on funders to take a stand against President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugees.
As a Mexican immigrant dedicated to building my career in the philanthropy space, I’m deeply moved and inspired by the Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration organized by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.
Over 70 foundations have signed a joint statement on immigration in the wake of President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim countries.
It took a bit of time, but foundation leaders—some of them, anyway—are now speaking out against the Trump administration’s executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim countries.
More than 200 philanthropic institutions signed in support of this statement on immigration, representing local, state, regional, and national foundations from across the country.
The membership of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) elected to its board of directors Evan Bacalao, of Open Society Foundations; Dina Merrell, of The Chicago Bar Foundation; Shawn Morehead, of the New York Community Trust; and Luna Yasui, of the Ford Foundation.
GCIR's statement on the 2016 election outcome and the deep divisions it exposed in our society.
Grace Hou, president of the Woods Fund of Chicago, was appointed in May 2016 to the board of directors of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). After serving out a seven-month term, Ms. Hou will be eligible for re-election beginning January 1, 2017.