Materials: California Immigrant Integration Initiative 2019 Retreat

Publication date: 
September 2019

We appreciate all the funders who joined us for at the California Immigrant Integration Initiative Retreat on September 11th. The retreat created a space to deepen connection, gain new perspective and an opportunity to strategize for 2020. 

The morning conversation with Almas Sayeed from California Immigrant Policy Center and Abraham Bedoy from Immigrant Legal Resource Center informed funders on efforts to organize around public charge. Leaders reflected on the impact of the rule on immigrant communities in California and shared opportunities that can strengthen their efforts. During the funders only session, funders continued to explore potential areas of alignment for philanthropic impact.

We wrapped up the retreat with two opportunities for funders to engage in future planning. GCIR's President, Daranee Petsod, shared an update on long-term affirmative vision that included time for funders to reflect on their current and future grantmaking strategies. The conversations will continue to inform the development of the framework and priorities to guide philanthropic funding for the next decade. Funders also shared their feedback and vision to expand learning and impact of the Initiative in 2020. 

Members should visit the program's resource page for meeting materials and presentations. If you have additional feedback to share, please email Director of California Programs, Huong Nguyen-Yap.  

In lieu of a quarter 4 meeting, GCIR will be hosting several regional listening sessions with funders and key stakeholders throughout California. Dates and regions will be announced in October