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Welcome to New Jersey: Immigrants, Philanthropy and Our Shared Prosperity

Welcome to New Jersey: Immigrants, Philanthropy and Our Shared Prosperity

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 -
10:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Legal Services of NJ, 100 Metroplex Drive, Edison, NJ
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Join your grantmaking colleagues from across the state for a timely conversation to:
•  Learn about emerging trends for immigrants in New Jersey;
•  Understand how other funders advance multiple agendas –health, education, workforce and economic development, poverty alleviation, civic engagement, and more – by supporting immigrant integration efforts;
•  Hear about new opportunities for local funding to leverage national resources, including a new challenge grant from Open Society; and
•  Discuss strategies and opportunities in this vibrant grantmaking space.

Speakers include:
Shawn Morehead, Senior Program Officer, New York Community Trust
Erika J. Nava, New Jersey Policy Perspective
Amy Gottlieb, American Friends Service Committee
Johanna Calle, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Sara Cullinane, Make the Road New Jersey
Li Adorno, Youth Organizer
Juana Nuñez, Wind of the Spirit

New Jersey’s dynamic immigrant population enriches the state. Today, more than 20% of New Jersey residents were born outside the US, ranking the state third in the nation. Nearly 40% of the state’s residents are either immigrants or children of immigrants. Thirty percent of the state’s workers are immigrants.

Immigrants are vital to New Jersey’s economy. Among those who applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), 60% obtained a new job, 45% increased their earnings, 20% obtained health care coverage, and 49% opened their first bank account.

The immigration policy landscape is dynamic and challenging, especially for funders who are new to this arena. Philanthropic colleagues are discussing opportunities to help immigrants improve their educational, economic, health, and social well-being—and to contribute more fully to New Jersey’s communities.

There can be no doubt that the future of New Jersey and its immigrants are closely intertwined. Now there is increased opportunity to advance New Jersey’s shared prosperity, via a program offering temporary relief from deportation. Nearly half (220,000) of New Jersey’s more than 500,000 undocumented immigrants stand to benefit. These changes will clear a path for greater economic growth in our region.

Cost: Free for CNJG Members/$35 for Non Member Grantmakers
Lunch will be served.

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers thanks The Fund for New Jersey and PSEG for hosting this funder briefing.


Websites of Interest
NJPP’s July 2015 report on DAPA/DACA
Rutgers’ Immigration Infrastructure Maps
Migration Policy Institute – North America
DACA at the Three-Year Mark: High Pace of Renewals, But Processing Difficulties Evident

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