A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Co-Sponsored Webinar: COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Immigrant Families and Communities: Recommendations For Philanthropic Action

Wednesday, April 15 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt all over the world, from business closures and job losses to overburdened public health systems and the death of loved ones. Here in the United States, the harm to immigrant communities has been acute.

Numbering 44.7 million—nearly 1 in 7 Americans—immigrants of all statuses have experienced a disproportionate impact, like other marginalized communities. Industries in which a high percentage of immigrants are employed, such as food service, hospitality, and domestic work, have been hard hit. For the undocumented, the loss of income will not be offset by federal relief payments or unemployment insurance. Other immigrants have found themselves deemed essential workers, continuing to labor without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in agricultural and construction settings.

As elected officials and the media spread misinformation and xenophobic rhetoric, there has been a dramatic spike in harassment, physical assaults, and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Nonprofits serving immigrants are facing challenges to their financial stability and the need to pivot critical programs like census outreach to virtual platforms, all of which makes their jobs harder at a time when their communities need them most.

Join Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Funders Together to End Homelessness to learn from leaders in the immigrant rights movement about how philanthropy must significantly increase grantmaking dollars, shift grantmaking practices, embrace risk, and assert leadership to meet the challenges of this moment.


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April 15, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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