"All Immigration Is Local": Philanthropy's Role in State and Local Advocacy - A Webinar Hosted by GCIR

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm EST
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*This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*

While national headlines are dominated by federal immigration policy —family separation, the border wall, the Muslim ban, public charge—many of the day-to-day realities of immigrants across the country are informed by state and local policies. Organizations across the country are seizing the opportunity to rewrite the rules in support of their communities and are pushing back against state and local efforts that mirror punitive federal policies. From leading campaigns to expand access to driver’s licenses and higher education, to working to limit local police collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to advancing fair working conditions for farmworkers, policy and organizing efforts are leading to meaningful outcomes today while also building the bench and conditions for long-term advances in immigrant inclusion and justice.
There are many opportunities across the country for funders to support organizations building power and driving change—bring your ideas and questions!


  • Coordinated policy efforts across the states
  • A unique model for building farmworker power in Florida
  • How advocates in Tennessee defeated anti-immigration legislation


  • Lucas Benitez & Marley Monacello, Fair Food Program, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
  • Naureen Shah, Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Policy Director, Tennessee Immigrant Rights Coalition (TIRC)
  • Ericka Williams, Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
  • Kevin Douglas (Moderator), Director of National Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)

Designed For

All interested funders. Please note that calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)


Registration is required by December 9th at 4pm PST 
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.
Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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