This report gives the historical context of U.S. immigration, its vital and unyielding role in shaping the US and how grant makers can help assimilate populations, social change and community building in the future. The toolkit provides grant makers with integration frameworks, case studies, funding examples and opportunities, information resources, strategic planning steps and evaluation platforms for several different arenas. These arenas include: health, education, civic involvement and language.
Foundations can use many strategies to incorporate immigration into their giving priorities
Findings & Stats
Necessity over Politics
The need for immigrant integration remains vital despite the ebbs and flows of policy and politics.
A Nation of Immigrants
Immigrants have defined the U.S. national identity since the country’s founding.
The Dance of Diversity
The hard work and aspirations of people from diverse backgrounds have made America the land of opportunity.
The quest for improved economic prospects is a prime driver of immigration.
The volume of immigrants to the United States is at an all-time high, reaching nearly 12% of total population.
Over 50% of today’s U.S. immigrants are from Mexico & Latin America, as opposed to European countries in 1960.
Statements & Quotations
GCIR hopes that our Immigrant Integration framework and the promising practices and resources in this toolkit will inform your work and inspire you to explore a new or expanded role in supporting immigrant integration efforts within your funding priorities and communities.
When Americans view the present and future with confidence and optimism, immigrants and the benefits they bring are valued and celebrated. But when faced with economic downturns, national-security concerns and high volume immigration, U.S. society often becomes less welcoming and even hostile to immigrants.
The connection between race and immigration has significant implications for immigrant integration because how immigrants are perceived and treated affects how well they fare, integrate and contribute to U.S. society.
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