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In its first year, the Resilience Fund focused on changes to immigration and deportation policies by supporting work to ensure community members understand their legal and civil rights, take precautions to stabilize their families in the event they are detained, and receive legal representation. The second year of grants addressed increases in instances of hate and intolerance in the region by supporting grassroots community engagement and expanding national education programs in local schools to combat bullying, bigotry and anti-other sentiment. Future focus areas have not yet been released. Greater Washington DC area.
The Resilience Fund supports the critical needs of nonprofits in the Washington DC area who are responding to changes in federal policy and budget priorities, as well as the climate of intolerance and hate, both of which are disproportionately impacting local people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. The Resilience Fund was created in early 2017 as a collaborative partnership of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and other foundation and individual contributors. Since the fund’s inception, it has raised and leveraged more than $1 million and made grants to organizations supporting people affected by changes to immigration and deportation policies, as well as efforts to build community cohesion and combat anti-other sentiment.