The anti-immigration rhetoric and policy that have surged during the Trump presidency have not gone unnoticed by the U.S. philanthropic community.
Research released this month by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy indicates that less than 1% of all foundation funding between 2011 and 2015 went to support for immigrants and refugees, with just 11 organizations providing half of all such funding.
Since the 2016 presidential election, upward of 60 foundations have made first-time grants to the pro-immigrant movement.
That figure is based on grants made to a small but representative sampling of 13 pro-immigrant groups, representing a cross-section of national, statewide and local organizations from across the country, according to NCRP.
The study found that grants to the pro-immigrant movement from new funders made up only a fraction of charitable dollars that went to movement groups. Some 90% of foundation grants to groups in the NCRP sample in 2017 and 2018 came from funders that had previously given larger grants.
Interviews NCRP conducted with movement leaders and an analysis of quantitative data from Foundation Center identified a large gap between the small pool of funders and the urgent and long-term threats that immigrant communities face.