Caregiver and Family Leadership Grant Potential for Immigrant Families

Written by: Samantha Speirs

The Grant

Global Fund for Girls is now accepting applications for our Caregiver and Family Leadership Grant! With the help of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we will be awarding 20 BIPOC led organizations or caregiver groups that focus on issues relating to birthing people, caregivers of children, and families in the community with $10,000- $50,000 grants.

Philanthropic Landscape

There are deep disparities within the United States philanthropic landscape, showing that BIPOC led organizations are less likely to receive funding compared to white led non-profit organizations. A National Survey from 2022 showed that 75% of Black-led organizations, and 82% of all BIPOC-led organizations received foundation funding in 2021, compared to the 86% of white led organizations that received funding. The corporate funding landscape was also analyzed, and showed a greater disparity.  In 2021, about 58% of BIPOC organizations received corporate funding, while 71% of white led organizations received this type of funding. BIPOC disparities are certainly not limited to non-profit funding. These disparities are seen across most national statistics including: healthcare, health outcomes, income, among many other variables. By partnering and supporting BIPOC led organizations we hope to help shift this gap.

Immigration in the United States

This grant has the potential to help many organizations working with BIPOC communities, and this includes immigrants. Immigration has become a prominent and very controversial topic in the US. In 2020 about 45 million immigrants were living in the US, which is the largest number since these records have been kept (How Immigration Changed U.S. Society). This large increase has made immigration a hot political topic, resulting in changes to immigration policy. This large increase in immigration has created shifts in our society by expanding the way we think about race, impacting electoral politics, and positively affecting the national economy (Nancy Foner: “One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America). Despite these positive shifts, strong anti-immigration efforts have resulted in very discriminative policies such as the ‘zero tolerance’ policy. There has been some growth since this policy, however, the ideologies at the root of such policies perpetuate the criminalizing narrative used when referring to migrants, immigrants, and asylum-seekers.

Effect on Immigrant Communities

Immigration policy harms families and children, which is demonstrated by the Department of Homeland Security data reporting that 116 family separations occurred between October 1, 2021 and September 30th 2022. Among these children, about 67% were under the age of 6 years old (Family Unit Actions Report). 

This type of experience has traumatic, long-lasting effects on, not only the children, but parents and the family as a whole. Once immigrants have settled in their new environments, there is also the challenge of adapting to a new culture, and they can often experience cultural bereavement (Challenges of Refugee Resettlement). With numerous challenges to face, and the lack of societal and institutional support, this can be a very difficult time to for immigrant families to navigate.

Bridging Gaps

This blog post only scratches the surface of the issues immigrant women, children, and families face; however, there are many organizations working to improve their conditions, and ease their struggles. Global Foundation for Girls’ Caregiver and Family Leadership Grant has the potential to expand organizations’ service capacity, allowing them to help even more people in need. In addition to this, the vast resources relating to family stabilization, and establishing familial support for girls/youth in crisis that will be available can enhance treatment strategies and help create a more diverse, patient-centered environment. Being connected to a growing network of funds, resources, and information will strengthen awareness and accessibility to education, as well as activism, and advocacy efforts which improve the future for these vulnerable populations. 

Samantha Speirs
Program Officer
Global Foundation for Girls