Philanthropic Strategies to Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers
This report profiles 10 donors’ diverse approaches and strategies to supporting refugees and asylum seekers, and offers key lessons gleaned from their experience. These profiles are designed to provide a roadmap for supporting refugees, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied children seeking protection in the United States and abroad.
The grantmakers profiled in this report differ in their structure, size, and geographic priorities. Some are responding to global crises (like the Syrian civil war and the arrival of asylum seekers across Europe), while others are addressing the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the United States (including unaccompanied children and families from Central America). Still others are advancing national strategies, ongoing work in specific states, or very local interventions. As a group, they support a range of approaches – from systems and narrative change to advocacy and organizing, from capacity building to legal and direct service delivery.
These case studies feature donors with programs dedicated exclusively to refugees, asylum seekers, and/or unaccompanied children, and that address newcomer populations more generally. They also highlight donors who assist these populations through the prism of education, workforce, economic development, capacity development, or legal services.
- Philanthropic Strategies to Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers, GCIR, June 2018
- GCIR Releases Report in Honor of World Refugee Day, GCIR, June 2018
- Family Separation Criss on the U.S. Border: How Donors Can Help, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, The University of Pennsylvania, June 27, 2018
- Grant Makers Share Case Studies to Improve Response to Immigrant Crises, Alex Daniels, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 20, 2018.
- June Must-Reads, Lauri Valerio, Community Wealth Partners, June 22, 2018.
- U.S. Foundations Taking Action to Address Refugee Crisis, Report Finds, Philanthropy News Digest, Foundation Center, June 20, 2018.
Posted June 11, 2018 • Revised July 6, 2018