The San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation has announced that it will boost its payout to 6.1 percent in 2013 to help advance immigration reform. To that end, the foundation awarded more than $1 million in special opportunity grants during the first quarter of 2013 to fifteen organizations.
The foundation plans to nearly double its support for immigration reform and advocacy in 2013 across three priority areas: California, with a particular focus on rural and less-organized regions of the state; projects that elevate the voices of farm and low-wage workers; and capacity building and leadership development efforts, with an eye to creating a lasting impact among its partners and the field.
Grant recipients in the first quarter include the National Immigration Law Center, which, in partnership with United We Dream, will receive $240,000 to ensure that undocumented immigrant youth are considered in the current immigration reform debate; the United Farm Workers Foundation and Farmworker Justice, which were awarded $175,000 and $135,000, respectively, to elevate the voices and needs of farm workers as an integral part of the immigration reform debate; and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, which will receive $30,000 in support of its efforts to lead a nonpartisan civic engagement initiative in California's Central Valley, the Inland Empire, and Orange County.
"The Rosenberg Foundation carefully shepherds its assets to preserve the strength of the endowment into the future while maximizing impact today," said Rosenberg Foundation board chair Daniel Grossman. "This special investment in immigration reform advocacy makes excellent business sense for Rosenberg and any foundation that aims to strengthen our communities by improving conditions for immigrant youth and families across our state and country."
For a complete list of the foundation's first-quarter grant recipients, visit the Rosenberg Foundation Web site.