Civic & Political Participation

Join us for a conversation reflecting on the recent border trip to the Rio Grande Valley along the U.S.-Mexico border hosted by Hispanics in Philanthropy and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. This webinar will explore actions identified to address human rights violations and build long-term power for those on the move. Don't miss this important opportunity to deepen your understanding of border issues and join the call for the philanthropic sector to step up and defend the rights of migrants and refugees.
June 2024
Find all program-related materials for "California Local Voting: Funder Briefing" here, including the session recording and slide deck of the meeting. 
November 2023
Program Materials
The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, Northern California Grantmakers, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees invite you to a funder briefing to learn about exciting initiatives to end the political exclusion of immigrants and build thriving local communities through immigrant voting.
October 2023
Outside the U.S. Capitol, it was an unexpectedly beautiful winter day in D.C. - 60 degrees of sunshine with a breeze. Inside, we walked alongside energized groups navigating the buildings on their own missions. As part of the Foundations on the Hill delegation, Kevin Douglas, Senior Director of National Programs at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), guided a group of six of us in and out of the long halls and winding tunnels. In my excitement at being in the People’s House for the first time, where power could lead to transformation or repression, I thought back to the years of the Trump Administration’s inhumane immigration policies.
May 2023
Blog Post
I often find myself going back to Davis’ words, especially on days when progress feels so excruciatingly slow and hopelessness begins to set in. Lately this has come in the form of news headlines of another school shooting and continued disappointment with elected officials for not delivering on their promises. Yet Angela Davis’ quote not only reminds me that the fight toward a liberated world takes time, but also that, even on the most difficult days, you must be as bold and far reaching as possible. After all, there is a role for everyone, including those of us in philanthropy, in the long-term fight for equity and justice. Given the considerable influence and power of philanthropy – a $90 billion sector – funders are well-positioned to play a key role in its radical transformation.
Cairo Mendes
January 2022
GCIR Staff Feature
Join GCIR for a discussion with the Alliance for Justice and leading immigrant justice organizations to understand how philanthropy can fund in the 501(c)4 space while also learning about active opportunities.
November 2021
The Third Quarterly President's Message from Marissa Tirona, GCIR President
September 2021
President's Message
The second quarterly meeting of GCIR's California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII).   
May 2021
Group Meeting


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