Four Freedoms Fund: A Pioneering Foundation Partnership Advocates for Immigrants

Jan 3, 2008

Reviews the development and achievements of a collaborative to leverage funding, share ideas and lessons learned, and forge strategies for engaging immigrants and refugees in civic life by supporting grassroots advocacy groups across twenty-eight states.

  • Midpoint analysis indicates collaboration and networking as the field's greatest overall strengths, while fundraising remains its greatest challenge.
  • Communications capacity continues to be underdeveloped, and sustaining coalitions puts a strain on organizations with limited resources.
  • Over 40 percent of the grantees claimed success in protecting immigrant rights and facilitating citizenship status, and they cited accomplishments in youth organizing, voter registration and leadership development.
  • The Four Freedoms Fund has proven the effectiveness of an "anchor strategy" of supporting strong groups and coalitions in many states that add up to a coordinated national network.
  • The Four Freedoms Fund has proven the effectiveness of donor collaboration at a high and sustained level, encompassing both collaborative and individual grants.
  • The Four Freedoms Fund has proven its ability to leverage more overall support for immigrants' rights and integration;
  • The Four Freedoms Fund has proven the importance of trust and cooperation among funders and grantees that drives a vital partnership for social change.
  • The Four Freedoms Fund has proven the usefulness of strategic research to align field and funding priorities
  • The Four Freedoms Fund has proven the effectiveness of utilizing capacity building and strategic communications support to equip and strengthen a national infrastructure to address escalating, hostile anti-immigrant attacks at the national, state and local levels.
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