Building Whole Communities: Understanding the Experience of Immigrants for Effective Grantmaking

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to Friday, April 13, 2018
Jacksonville, Miami, & Orlando, FL
United States




With immigrants making up one fifth of Florida’s total population and one in three Florida children having a foreign-born parent, immigrants and refugees are an integral part of our communities. These long-standing residents of Florida contribute significantly to our state’s culture and economy.

Florida Philanthropic Network and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees are pleased to invite national and Florida-based funders for a three-day circuit exploring how community organizations and grantmakers are responding to the needs of these diverse communities. Attend the full tour or individual stops April 11-13 in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami, respectively, to hear from expert speakers – demographers, local service providers, community leaders and funders – who will provide context for the current realities facing immigrant and refugee children and families in Florida and the contributions they make to the state. Foundation leaders and staff will also visit local sites in urban and rural communities where support services for immigrant communities are based. 

Join FPN and GCIR for this opportunity to:

  • Explore promising and proven investment strategies, including place-based supports and services that are effective in immigrant communities across Florida.
  • Discuss the relevance of these issues for a wide range of grantmaking priorities with your philanthropic colleagues.
  • Learn about Florida’s diverse local immigrant communities, the contributions they make and the issues they are facing and ways you can coordinate, collaborate, and leverage funding to advance Florida’s shared future.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to participate in discussion, education and site visits around the complex but important role of immigrant communities in Florida.


April 11 – Jacksonville – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This Northeast Florida city will be the kick-off for the Florida Funder tour which will begin with an overview of the state’s immigrant and refugee populations. Jacksonville has a unique immigrant population. It is a resettlement city with refugees from different countries including Cuba, Bhutan, Eastern Europe and Iraq. Along with a large Latino population, Asians are the area's largest ethnic group, comprising approximately 40% of the foreign-born population. In Jacksonville, we will visit with local service providers and hear from funders investing in this space to explore a variety of topics including workforce development, housing, education and other integration efforts. Robust discussion and peer networking will round out our time in Jacksonville.

April 12 – Orlando – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Our time in Orlando will explore the experiences of farmworker communities including youth as well as the intersections of immigrant and LGBTQ communities. We will visit a community center in nearby Apopka to learn about migrant farmworker families, their contributions to the region, and the challenges facing this rural community.  We will return to Orlando to learn from local leaders and funders about economic integration efforts as well as the needs of LGBTQ immigrants. Many of those whose lives were taken at the Pulse nightclub shooting were undocumented immigrants. This tragedy put the issue of immigration on the radar of local elected officials, funders, service providers and advocates. Time will be allocated for discussion with philanthropic colleagues about strategic priorities and effective grantmaking. 

April 13 – Miami – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In Miami will begin with a visit to “Immigration Court” so that attendees can get a firsthand view of the difficulties faced by unaccompanied minors moving through the immigration process. We will then convene at the Knight Foundation to hear from funders and grantees about naturalization and civic engagement efforts, two-generation and financial integration strategies, and the interplay of local, state, and federal immigration-related policies.  Funder-only discussions that highlight best practices and challenges in this work will round out the day.


Please visit Florida Philanthropic Network's program page to register for this event.