Promoting wellness and sustainability in the nonprofit immigration sector

The Immigrants Are Essential Fund addresses the unique challenges faced by nonprofits in the Southern California’s immigrant rights sector, which commonly include high levels of burnout, lack of mental health support, and financial challenges for staff. The fund is a collaboration between CCF and the Weingart Foundation. 

The fund was created in response to the findings of “From Burnout to Wellbeing Building a Sustainable Immigration Movement”, a report by CCF, Weingart, and The Raben Group. While other reports have examined burnout within the nonprofit sector at large, this report revealed that organizations in the immigration sector are especially vulnerable. 

To help support those who regularly support others, the Immigrants Are Essential Fund promotes sustainability and wellness within the nonprofit sector. Resources are allocated to support wellness programs and activities such as self-care, therapy, workshops, and coaching for the people who power the sector in Los Angeles and surrounding counties.

Please click the donate button above to contribute to the fund. You can also contact rarroyo@calfund.org to learn how you can get involved.

 

 

Immigration detention and removal place a significant economic strain on families and local communities.

Across California, high proportions of immigrants are employed in essential job functions, including agricultural and healthcare workers. And undocumented workers and their family members with multiple immigration statuses contributed $10.7 billion in state and local taxes Los Angeles. 

Despite their contributions, immigrants have been criminalized through longstanding federal removal and detention priorities, but without a guaranteed right to counsel.

Facing the drastic and severe consequences of deportation, most immigrants are forced to defend themselves in court against government-funded trial attorneys and immigration judges. With a qualified attorney, immigrants are five times more likely to win relief from deportation. They’re also less likely to fall prey to unscrupulous immigration practitioners.  

Help us keep Los Angeles’ immigrant communities healthy and safe.  

While the immigration legal services pipeline has been strengthened, providers remain woefully under-resourced respective to the volume of service demand. We invite you to join us in our efforts to fortify a safety net that tackles systemic issues, challenges and barriers for Los Angeles’ immigrant communities through universal representation. 

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the donate button above. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for Immigration Legal Services. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Immigrants are part of the fabric of Los Angeles and their economic, social and cultural contributions make our city the dynamic and vibrant metropolis it is today. Immigrant Angelenos make up 35 percent of the County’s total population of over 10 million individuals. The immigrant community in the Los Angeles metro area is a significant consumer base that spends over $108.6 billion per year and contributes over $38 billion in state, local, and federal taxes. They are long-term residents with deep roots in the region whose labor force is an integral part of Los Angeles’ economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated the heroic work of immigrants and their families, who helped our region make it through one of the toughest times in our collective history. Immigrant Angelenos worked to maintain food supplies, provide care, and keep the economy afloat even as they and their families suffered the most. All this happened against a backdrop of anti-immigrant rhetoric and federal policies that sought to strip them of their fundamental rights and humanity.

ABOUT THE IMMIGRANTS ARE LOS ANGELES FUND
The economic wellbeing of our region, is directly tied to the wellbeing of immigrants, however, despite their role as essential workers, over 900,0000 Angelenos continue to be excluded from access to economic and government relief packages, quality healthcare, worker protections and rent moratoriums due to their immigration status. As we begin to build a post-pandemic Los Angeles that is just, equitable and inclusive of immigrants we must ensure their needs are addressed within the recovery effort. This will require a bold policy agenda that addresses the root causes of systemic inequities that are harmful to us all and challenges us to advance new long-term solutions for immigrants and the place we call home: Los Angeles

To reinforce our commitment to elevate, empower and advocate on behalf of the immigrant community, the California Community Foundation has created the Immigrants Are Los Angeles Fund.

The Fund will seek to advance the following goals:

GOAL 1:
Invest in strengthening and sustaining the infrastructure of nonprofit organizations serving as critical safety-nets, trusted community messengers, providers of local services and programs, and advocates for the immigrant community. This would allow for the continued work around community engagement, civic participation and empowerment, and the advancement of policies that ensure economic recovery, equity and opportunity for immigrants and all Angelenos.

GOAL 2:
Strengthen and expand access to critical legal immigration services that keep families together, allow for fair legal representation, and provide opportunities to benefit from programs such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protective Status (TPS), and Naturalization.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button above.

You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for Immigrants Are Los Angeles. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Each year since 2020, the Los Angeles Immigration Summit has convened hundreds of leaders from across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to advance an immigrant inclusive policy agenda for Los Angeles.

The Summit includes stakeholders from business, labor, community-based organizations, local government, funders, and other sectors. It’s built on the collaborative effort between the California Community Foundation, the USC Equity Research Institute, the Council on Immigrant Inclusion, and the Immigrants Are LA coalition.

Learn more about The 4th Annual Los Angeles Immigration Summit, which took place on June 27-30, 2023.

L.A. Justice FundIn Los Angeles County, more than two-thirds of people appearing in immigration court face a judge and federal prosecutor without any legal representation. In some cases, this even includes children as young as three years old.

The results can be tragic, separating families and disrupting whole communities. But representation makes a tremendous difference. Studies show that immigrants with legal counsel are five times more likely to be released from detention than those without.

RepresentLA provides legal representation to immigrants, in custody or in the community, who face deportation, and to vulnerable individuals seeking affirmative immigration relief. The program includes community outreach to ensure that historically underserved communities receive access to services and facilitate case management to link clients with other resources and services they need.

RepresentLA is a public-private partnership funded by Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation. It builds upon the work begun in 2017 by the Los Angeles Justice Fund (LAJF) pilot program, which provided legal services for 2,200 county residents until 2021.

By donating to RepresentLA, you are helping to preserve families, protect communities and defend the civil rights of all L.A. residents. Most importantly, you are standing up for the humanity, diversity and opportunity that define us as Angelenos.

Organizations wishing to apply for grants through RepresentLA should visit our grant application page. If you are an attorney who is interested in offering pro bono services to immigration court defendants, contact rarroyo@calfund.org to learn how you can get involved.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for RepresentLA. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Eva Longoria Fund LogoThe Eva Longoria Fund (ELF) was established at CCF in 2010 by actress, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria. This fund has been established primarily for, but not limited to, two charitable causes: children and the Latino community.

First, ELF strives to support and foster awareness for children of all ethnic and racial backgrounds suffering from health-related problems. Eva Longoria has been a spokesperson for Padres Contra El Cancer for the past nine years trying to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.

Also, Eva Longoria founded Eva’s Heroes in San Antonio, TX, in an effort to enrich the lives of teens and young adults who are developmentally challenged. Besides working with those two philanthropies, Eva has also chaired “The Rally for Kids with Cancer” to raise funds for local hospitals and cancer support philanthropies, and she has raised funds for children with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Eva Longoria Fund PhotoSecond, Eva Longoria has a special passion for her Latino community. She is on the board of directors at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the National Museum for the American Latino, and works closely with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in an effort to find ways to solve the immigration problem and shed positive light on the American Latino. Eva also works with the United Farm Workers and Dolores Huerta Foundation to educate America on the injustices, such as the Latino child farm-worker, in America today. Eva even raised funds to produce a documentary called “Harvest,” which follows four migrant child farm-workers as they endure a harvest season.

As long as there are people in need, the Eva Longoria Fund will continue to give, to serve and to educate, so that all human beings have a chance at the same quality of life.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Eva Longoria Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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COFEM Community Fund PhotoCOFEM (Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica) was established in 2005 to give hometown associations a unified voice to improve educational, health, social, and political conditions for Latino immigrants in their local communities and communities of origin. COFEM’s organizational priorities are aimed at addressing some of the underlining issues faced by the membership and immigrant community through programmatic and public policy efforts.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for COFEM. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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