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Immigrants and Electoral PoliticsNonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change$
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Heath Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704833

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704833.001.0001

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Foundations and Funding

Foundations and Funding

(p.43) 2 Foundations and Funding
Immigrants and Electoral Politics

Heath Brown

Cornell University Press

This chapter places immigrant organizations into the complex, quasi-federated web of funding and grants. Immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations work at the grass roots, providing direct services to individuals. Operating high above are multibillion-dollar private philanthropic foundations that have for over a century been interested in how the country has assimilated immigrants. Since the early 2000s, major foundations have moved immigrant and voting issues to the top of their agendas and provided millions of dollars of grant funding to organizations connected with or serving the interests of immigrants. At the same time, other foundations have supported policy to restrict voting rights and advocate a very different view of immigration reform. The chapter describes these two competing political trends and also asks theoretical questions about what these spikes in funding mean for the autonomous identity of nonprofits and the representation of immigrants.

Keywords:   immigrant organizations, philanthropic foundations, grant funding, voting rights, immigration reform, political trends

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