2004 GCIR National Convening

Immigrant Integration in New and Non-Traditional Destinations: Building Effective Philanthropic Leadership

October 13-15, 2004
Le Meridien Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota


In terms of volume, the United States experienced the largest wave of immigration in its history during the 1990s. Today, one in nine individuals is foreign born. Unlike previous waves of immigration, today's newcomers come primarily from Latin America and Asia, and nearly one in three immigrants is settling in states with little history of immigration or experience with diversity. This record-breaking demographic shift has prompted philanthropic institutions in both new and established immigrant gateways to consider approaches for integrating newcomers into American society.

Join grantmaking colleagues from across the United States to learn about the concept of immigrant integration and examine strategies, models, and best practices to integrate immigrants fully into the social, economic, cultural, and political life of our communities. The 2004 GCIR national convening will explore immigrant integration as a positive and promising framework for tapping into the assets within immigrant communities, responding to their needs, and engaging native-born residents, community institutions, and newcomers in working together to build strong and cohesive communities.

Through learning-centered grantmaker dialogues, issue workshops, learning tours, and strategy sessions, the convening will provide an intimate setting for participants to:

  • Meet grantmaking colleagues, government officials, businesspeople, and immigrant leaders from emerging and established immigrant destinations;
  • Deepen your understanding of the immigrant integration framework, including specific issues such as health, employment, language access and acquisition, education, and civic engagement; and
  • Learn about tools, strategies, and best practices for applying immigrant integration to your grantmaking.

Minnesota, both the Twin Cities and rural communities, offers a vibrant setting to explore the opportunities and challenges of immigrant integration. Its diverse population comprises immigrants from every corner of the globe, including Asia, Africa, and Latin America.