Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

Posted on February 24, 2017


This statement was originally published by GCIR, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has been the standard bearer internationally for the assertion and protection of inalienable rights and freedoms, a beacon of hope for refugees facing oppression and persecution, and a land of opportunity for immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

As philanthropic institutions, we have built our missions on this proud and rich tradition. We have invested in creating healthy communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, building a vibrant democracy, and advancing equity and equality for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, immigration status, and national origin.

The recently issued immigration executive orders compromise our nation’s founding principles and the Constitution, our standing in the world, and our core values of liberty, justice, and due process. They weaken our moral leadership, fuel the efforts of those who wish us ill, harm our global competitiveness, and fray our social fabric.

Our foundations support diverse issues, strategies, and communities across the country, but we are united in the belief that immigrants and refugees are integral to every aspect of our society. Newcomers enrich our culture and tradition as artists, playwrights, and dancers. Naturalized citizens strengthen our civic life as voters, jurors, school-board members, and elected officials. Immigrant entrepreneurs and refugee-owned businesses revitalize neighborhoods, towns, and cities across America. Foreign-born scientists and engineers fuel innovations and help our country prosper. Farmworkers put food on our tables, and caregivers nurture our children, care for our elders, and nurse our ill. Young newcomers—including DACA beneficiaries—demonstrate their patriotism and enthusiasm for American ideals in schools, communities, workplaces, and the armed forces. Without the contributions of immigrants and refugees now and throughout our history, our collective wellbeing and economic vitality would be greatly diminished.

We, the undersigned philanthropies, join public officials, the faith community, business leaders, and the American public in supporting policies that protect our national security, strengthen our economy, and uphold core American values. We stand with our grantees—advocates, organizers, researchers, and service providers—in calling for policies that reflect our nation’s founding principles, promote cohesion and inclusion, instill hope, and show compassion. Policies that recognize our global interdependence, that honor our tradition of welcoming those seeking refuge and a better life, and that keep families together will make our communities stronger, safer, and more prosperous.

We expect additional challenges in the weeks and months ahead on the immigration front, including expanded detention and deportations, and on policies affecting the rights of women, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable groups. The issues, communities, and core values that our foundations have sought to advance are under serious and imminent danger. With history and morality as our guide, we reject discriminatory policies that target individuals based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other grounds. We stand committed to the inherent value and dignity of every person at home and abroad. We stand together for the American Dream.



Lateefah Simon, President
Akonadi Foundation
Iris Krieg, Executive Director
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
Eileen Coogan, President & CEO
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Minna R. Buck, Founder
Aloha Foundation
James D. McDonough, Executive Director
Alphawood Foundation
Leticia Peguero, Executive Director
Andrus Family Fund & Family Philanthropy Program
Audrey Yamamoto, President & Executive Director
Asian Pacific Fund
Jim Canales, President & Trustee
Barr Foundation
Robert C. Kirkwood, Board Chair
Bella Vista Foundation
Jerry Greenfield, President
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Cecilia C. Clarke, President & CEO
Brooklyn Community Foundation
Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Bar Foundation
Antonia Hernández, President & CEO
California Community Foundation
Geri Mannion, Director, Strengthening Democracy Program and Special Opportunities Fund
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Hussien Y. Shousher, Board Chair
Center for Arab American Philanthropy
Karen A. Simmons, President & CEO
Chester County Community Foundation
K. Sujata, President & CEO
Chicago Foundation for Women
Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder & Chair
Chorus Foundation
Mary Pounder, Program Director
Comer Family Foundation
Laura Livoti, CEO
Common Counsel Foundation
Ellen Friedman, Executive Director
Compton Foundation
Leslie Ramyk, Executive Director
Conant Family Foundation
Yanique Redwood, President & CEO
Consumer Health Foundation
Marco Antonio Quiroga, Program Director of the Contigo Fund
Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation
Elizabeth Sak, Executive Director
Cricket Island Foundation
Jeanne Kracher, Executive Director
Crossroads Fund
Joe Goldman, President
Democracy Fund
Lori Bezahler, President
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Jacqueline Mann, President
Elias Foundation
Dr. Arthur E. Roswell, President
Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation
Lauren Embrey, President
Embrey Family Foundation
Elena M. Marks, President & CEO
Episcopal Health Foundation
Nicky Goren, President & CEO
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Jennie Lehua Watson, Interim President
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Damon T. Hewitt, Executive Director
Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Sandor Straus, President
Faye Straus, Vice-President
Firedoll Foundation
Darren Walker, President
Ford Foundation
Nancy Brain, Board President
Frances Hollis Brain Foundation
Mimi Frankel, Founder & Trustee
Frankel Family Foundation
Marnie Thompson, Co-Managing Director
Ed Whitfield, Co-Managing Director
Fund for Democratic Communities
Marcos Vargas, Executive Director
Fund for Santa Barbara
Christine H. Russell, Trustee
Mark Schlesinger, Trustee
Susan Clark, Director of Programs
Gaia Fund
Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director
General Service Foundation
Nancy Bales, Executive Director
Nicholas Walrod, Board Chair
Gray Family Foundation
Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director
Groundswell Fund
Eva Grove, Founder & Board Member
Leslie Dorosin, Executive Director
Grove Foundation
Darren Sandow, Executive Director
Hagedorn Foundation
David Nicholson, Executive Director
Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Liz Simons, Chair of the Board
Deanna Gomby, President & CEO
Heising-Simons Foundation
Tricia Hellman Gibbs, MD, Board President
Susan Mayer Hirsch, Executive Director
Hellman Foundation
Nat Williams, Ph.D, Executive Director
Hill-Snowdon Foundation
Roger Doughty, President
Horizons Foundation
Ann B. Stern, President & CEO
Houston Endowment
Julia Kaemmer, President
Kathleen Fluegel, Executive Director
HRK Foundation
Janet Froetscher, President
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Peter W. Davidson, Chairman
Amy L. Freitag, Executive Director
J.M. Kaplan Fund
John Goldman, President
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
Jennifer Rainin, Ph.D., CEO
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO
Latino Community Foundation
Debora Ortega, Ph.D., Board Chair
Carlos Martinez, Executive Director
Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
Kara L. Masters, Board President
Caitlin W. Davis, Executive Director
Legal Foundation of Washington
James S. Farley, Esquire, President & CEO
Leichtag Foundation
Daniel Lee, Executive Director
Levi Strauss Foundation
Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President & CEO
Liberty Hill Foundation
Unmi Song, President
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
David M. Okorn, Executive Director
Long Island Community Foundation
Luz A. Vega-Marquis, President & CEO
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Thomas Peters, Ph.D., President & CEO
Marin Community Foundation /
Buck Family Fund of MCF
Justin Maxson, Executive Director
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Helen Brunner, Foundation Director
Media Democracy Fund
Jenny Russell, Executive Director
Merck Family Fund
Charles Wilhoite, Board Chair
Doug Stamm, CEO
Meyer Memorial Trust
Minette A. Kwok, Co-Founder & Board Member
Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation
Jeannie Blaustein, Ph.D., President
Morton and Jane Blaustein Foundation
Roberta Phillip-Robbins, J.D., Executive Director
MRG Foundation
Frank I. Sanchez, Executive Director
Needmor Fund
Nicholas Donohue, President & CEO
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Michele Lord, President
NEO Philanthropy
Lorie A. Slutsky, President
New York Community Trust
Maria Mottola, Executive Director
New York Foundation
Kristin Hull, Founder, Director
Nia Community Foundation
Kevin F. Walker, President & CEO
Northwest Area Foundation
Nichole June Maher, President and CEO
Vanetta Abdellatif, Chair, Board of Directors
Northwest Health Foundation
Pamela Shifman, Executor Director
NoVo Foundation
Ken Zimmerman, Director of U.S. Programs
Open Society Foundations
Judith Baker, Executive Director
Traci Ray, President
Oregon Law Foundation
Veronica Reed, Board Chair
Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund
Gillian Darlow, CEO
Polk Bros. Foundation
Mary E. McClymont,
President and CEO
Public Welfare Foundation
Timothy P. Silard, President
Rosenberg Foundation
AixaN. Cintrón-Vélez, Ph.D., Program Director
Russell Sage Foundation
Sarah Martinez-Helfman, President
Samuel S. Fels Fund
Ann Alpers, President
S.H. Cowell Foundation
Fo-ChingLu, President
Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation
Chet P. Hewitt, President & CEO
Sierra Health Foundation
Susanna H. Krey, President
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Tom Keith, President
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
Cheryl Brownd, Program Director
Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation
Sister Regina Fox, SSND, Executive Director
Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation
Sally Osberg, President & CEO
Skoll Foundation
Molly Gochman, Founder
Stardust Fund
Phillip W. Henderson, President
Surdna Foundation
John F. Swift, President
Jennifer Astone, Executive Director
Swift Foundation
Jennifer Leith, Executive Director
The Alfred & Mary Douty Foundation
Paul Grogan, President & CEO
The Boston Foundation
Robert K. Ross, M.D., President & CEO
The California Endowment
Judy Belk, President & CEO
The California Wellness Foundation
Truman Collins, President
Cynthia G. Addams, CEO
The Collins Foundation
Karen McNeil-Miller, President & CEO
The Colorado Health Foundation
Alicia Phillip, President
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
William W. Ginsberg, President & CEO
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Elizabeth Brazas, President
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
Christine Márquez-Hudson, President & CEO
The Denver Foundation
Trent Stamp, CEO
The Eisner Foundation
Angelique Power, President
The Field Foundation of Illinois
Drew Fink, Director
The Fink Family Foundation
Deborah T. Poritz, Board Chair
Kiki Jamieson, President
The Fund for New Jersey
Grant Oliphant, President
The Heinz Endowments
Marti Wilson-Taylor, Chair, Board of Trustees
Jocelyn V. Sargent, Executive Director
The Hyams Foundation, Inc.
Don Howard, President & CEO
The James Irvine Foundation
Keith Swayne, Co-founder
Anne Swayne, President
The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation
Rip Rapson, President & CEO
The Kresge Foundation
Alexandra A. Herzan, President
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
Patricia Blakely, Executive Director
The Merchants Fund
R.T. Rybak, President & CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation
Michael Gelman, Director
Susie Gelman, Director
The Morningstar Foundation
Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO
The New York Women’s Foundation
Craig Harwood, Director
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Martha McCoy, President
The Paul J. Aicher Foundation
Pedro Ramos, President & CEO
The Philadelphia Foundation
Richard Woo, CEO
The Russell Family Foundation
Fred Blackwell, CEO
The San Francisco Foundation
Amanda Cloud, President & CEO
The Simmons Foundation
Rick Kinsel, President
The Vilcek Foundation
Stacie Ma’a, President
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
Edward Kissam, Trustee
The Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund
John Esterle, Co-Executive Director
Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director
The Whitman Institute
Alan S. Davis, Director
The WhyNot Initiative
Tom Glenn, Chair
The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
Larry Kramer, President
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Christina Kind, Managing Trustee
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation
Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO
Taryn Higashi, Executive Director
Unbound Philanthropy
Richard Xavier Corral, Interim Executive Director
United Latinx Fund Los Angeles
Kate Kroeger, Executive Director
Urgent Action Fund
Ken Kind, Board President
Hugh Hogan, Executive Director
van Ameringen Foundation
Nancy Wiltsek, Executive Director
van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer
Victoria Foundation
Diana Buckhantz, Executor
Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation
John Schwartz, President
William S. Goldman, President of the Board of Trustees
Pamela H. David, Executive Director
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Fred Ali, President & CEO
Weingart Foundation
Laura Rossi, Esq., Executive Director
Westchester Community Foundation
Catherine Crystal Foster, Executive Director
Westly Foundation
Jennifer Corrigan, President, Board of Directors
Regina McGraw, Executive Director
Wieboldt Foundation
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., President & CEO
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
La June Montgomery Tabron, President & CEO
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Libby Wadsworth, CEO
Mary L. Gregory, Administrator
W.L.S. Spencer Foundation
Daniel Solomon, President
Woodbury Fund
Grace Hou, President
Woods Fund Chicago
Bob Uyeki, CEO
Y & H Soda Foundation
Allison Magee, Executive Director
Zellerbach Family Foundation

Philanthropy-Supporting Organizations

Susan Taylor Batten, President & CEO
ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Niamani Mutima, Executive Director
Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group
Sampriti Ganguli, CEO
Arabella Advisors
Cora Mirikitani, President & CEO
Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
Carly Hare, National Director/Coalition Catalyst
CHANGE Philanthropy
Tory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner
Dietel Partners
Mark Randazzo, Executive Director
EDGE Funders Alliance
Rachel Leon, Executive Director
Environmental Grantmakers Association
Meg Long, President
Equal Measure
Eric Marshall, Executive Director
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
John Kania, Global Managing Director
Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Diana Campoamor, President
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Yvonne Moore, Principal Advisor
Moore Philanthropy
Dennis Quirin, President
Neighborhood Funders Group
Sarah Stachowiak, CEO
ORS Impact
Lori Villarosa, Executive Director
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Iimay Ho, Executive Director
Resource Generation
Susan Eaton, Director
Sillerman Center
John Mitterholzer, Board Chair
L. Benjamin Starrett, President & CEO
The Funders’ Network
Donna P. Hall, President & CEO
Women Donors Network


For more information or to sign the statement, contact Caleb Beaudoin. If joining, please provide the name of your foundation and the name and title of your signer (i.e., the CEO, the board chair, or both). A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this statement possible.