Pro-immigrant and refugee nonprofit organizations are underfunded in the U.S., according to research from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). The organization, which educates foundations on issues that impact marginalized, underserved, and disenfranchised populations, has created a tool to help funders navigate the funding landscape.

While the tool -- Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Local Foundations, Immigrants and Refugee Populations -- examines foundation funding, it includes useful data to inform individual donors interested in supporting immigrant and refugee populations in their own community.

Find Gaps in Your Community

Use the interactive tool to determine the gap in funding that individual philanthropy can address beyond foundation giving. You’ll find state-level data on:

  • Funding towards movement building
  • Funding towards immigrant + refugee populations
  • The gap between the size of the immigrant population and percentage of funding towards the movement
  • The gap between the size of the immigrant population and percentage of funding towards immigrant and refugee populations

The tool also provides a funding profile for each state so individual donors can gather context on the issues facing these populations and learn which foundations in their states are giving and how much. Specific details include:

Context of oppression

  • Immigrant detention
  • Deportations


  • Top 10 funders
  • Breakdown of giving between direct to support immigrant populations vs. funding towards the movement
  • Funding details from 2012 to 2016 vs. 2017 to 2018 [tied to the shift to the Trump administration and attached policies]
Find Partners to Collaborate With and Learn From

Included within the tool are NCRP nonprofit members serving each state. This provides individual donors with an excellent opportunity to engage with local members doing the work of movement building for immigrant and refugee populations in your community

Additionally, donors can engage with these organizations to learn about issues, get involved through events or volunteering, and/or to give.

Organizations You Can Support

Beyond the state-level repository housed on the site, individual funders can look to the following organizations for next steps in getting involved: