Florida Funders' Tour: Building Whole Communities: Understanding the Experience of Immigrants for Effective Grantmaking
Florida Philanthropic Network and GCIR are pleased to offer Building Whole Communities: Understanding the Experience of Immigrants for Effective Grantmaking, a special three-day tour—running April 11-13—along Florida’s eastern corridor. Foundation representatives, including board members, trustees, philanthropic advisers, and executive and program staff, are welcome to join us for one, two, or all three days of the tour.
Hear from expert speakers—demographers, local service providers, community leaders, and funders—in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. At a time when national discussion of immigration issues has become deeply polarizing, this learning tour will be a unique opportunity to ask hard questions, deepen your knowledge, and dialogue with grantmaking peers on how the issues below can impact local businesses, workers, and the broader community.
The tour will uplift the following themes:
- 1 out of every 4 workers in Florida is an immigrant. We will hear from the Future Makers Coalition for workforce development in south Florida about strategies for greater effectiveness in linking post-secondary options to workforce.
- 1 in 3 children in Florida has an immigrant parent. We will learn from The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KidsCOUNT Florida report on the future of the state’s children and 2-generation community-based projects to support early childhood intervention and holistic support for families.
- Billions of dollars are at stake for Florida in Census 2020—and possibly also congressional seats. Many immigrants, even those lawfully present, are afraid to participate in the census, which imperils the state’s federal funding and representation.
- Nearly 800,000 residents are eligible to naturalize. We will explore scalable and innovative options for building capacity for legal services to support naturalization and other needs for diverse populations across urban and rural communities.
This funder tour will be a learning opportunity both for those who are new to the immigration space and would like to deepen their knowledge, as well as those who are more experienced and want to expand their expertise. Through peer-to-peer discussions, participants will hear first-hand about innovative work, effective tools, and new grantmaking strategies in immigrant and refugee communities in Florida.
We welcome your questions about the learning tour and hope you will join us at a time when we know these conversations are both challenging but necessary.
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, the Knight Foundation will host our visit as we explore the make-up of this region’s diverse immigrant and refugee population; their crucial contributions to our local economies and community; projected gaps that could impact key workforce sectors – from health care to hospitality to construction -- given recent policy developments, and strategies to support longtime and newcomer immigrant families – including legal services work, two-generation models, holistic services, and more. This will be a learning opportunity both for those who are new to the immigration space and would like to deepen their knowledge, as well as those who are more experienced and want to expand their expertise. Through peer-to-peer discussions, participants will hear first-hand about innovative work, effective tools, and new grantmaking strategies in immigrant and refugee communities in Florida.
Please visit Florida Philanthropic Network's program page to register for this event.
A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.
Posted November 21, 2017 • Revised March 22, 2018