Ensuring the Safety and Security of Immigrants
More than one third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in California are immigrants, and immigrant entrepreneurs have contributed considerably to innovation and job creation in the region. President Trump's executive orders and his administration's potential immigration policies have sown fears among many immigrants who could be deported or separated from their families. Moves by the federal government have also created uncertainty among state and local governments trying to decide how best to respond.
"Our continued prosperity depends on our ability to create communities that recognize immigrants as an asset," says SVCF's Commuity Impact Officer, Erica Wood. This strategy allows SVCF to award grants to provide support for critical, time-sensitive activities, such as "know your rights" information campaigns, community safety planning and legal services, such as deportation defense.
"We want to support efforts that help residents understand what rights they have if an ICE officer comes and knocks on their door, for example," Wood says.
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SVCF's focus on supporting Silicon Valley nonprofits through this grantmaking strategy was announced in October 2017. Though SVCF has issued grants to nonprofits working on immigration initiatives in Silicon Valley previously, the specific focus has adapted over time, as the needs of the community have changed. The current focus on "Ensuring the safety and security of immigrants" resulted from an extensive, 18-month review of SVCF's discretionary grantmaking programs.
During the review process in 2016 and 2017, SVCF gathered feedback from diverse constituents and community members, had conversations with stakeholders and subject matter experts and discussed the issues with SVCF's board members. The information gathered through these interactions was analyzed thoroughly, and SVCF's board of directors approved the revised education strategy, along with four others, to guide SVCF's discretionary grantmaking for the next 5-7 years.