SVCF unites with California philanthropy leaders in support of DACA

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is proud join other philanthropy leaders from California in supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We've signed on to the statement below. View more information and resources related to this statement on the Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees website.

In addition, see which Silicon Valley organizations SVCF has supported through grant funding for their work with DACA programs.

California philanthropic leaders' statement on DACA

The Trump Administration announced the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), thereby rescinding work authorization and protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people. This action will have a devastating impact on almost 223,000 DACAmented Californians

As philanthropic institutions committed to building a prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive California, we denounce the termination of DACA as antithetical to fundamental American values, and detrimental to the well-being of all communities. DACA beneficiaries have secured better jobs, purchased cars and homes, launched new businesses, supported their families, and invigorated their communities. They have become an integral part of our social, economic, and civic fabric.

By repealing DACA, the Trump administration deprives DACAmented immigrants of the opportunity to strive for the American Dream, contribute to our collective vitality, and live a life without fear of being deported from the only home many of them have ever known. The administration’s decision pushes these young people out of the workforce, disrupts businesses, erodes our tax base, and undercuts our economic growth. Consequently, over the next decade, our nation stands to lose $460.3 billion in gross domestic product and $24.6 billion in Medicare and Social Security contributions.

DACA’s repeal will have a reverberating impact on all facets of life in communities across California, and philanthropy must mount a vigorous response. We urge our grantmaking colleagues to join us in speaking out, taking action, and increasing grantmaking at this critical moment. Ending the DACA program threatens the health and mental well-being of our neighborhoods, our families and our very humanity. We urge you to stand with immigrant communities and reaffirm your belief in fairness, justice, and the American Dream.


California Bar Foundation - Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director

California Community Foundation - Antonia Hernández, President & CEO

The California Endowment - Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO

The California Wellness Foundation - Judy Belk, President & CEO

East Bay Community Foundation - James W. Head, President & CEO

Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund - Jennie Lehua Watson, Interim President

The James Irvine Foundation - Don Howard, President & CEO

The Grove Foundation - Leslie Dorosin, Executive Director

Heising-Simons Foundation - Deanna Gomby, President & CEO

Leichtag Foundation - James S. Farley, Esquire, President & CEO

Rosenberg Foundation - Tim Silard, President 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., President & CEO

The San Francisco Foundation - Fred Blackwell, CEO

van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation - Nancy Wiltsek, Executive Director

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation - Stacie Ma'a, President

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund - Pamela H David, Executive Director

Weingart Foundation - Fred Ali, President & CEO

Westly Foundation - Catherine Crystal Foster, Executive Director

The Zellerbach Family Foundation - Allison Magee, Executive Director

Y & H Soda Foundation - Bob Uyeki, CEO