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Welcoming the Newest New Yorkers

April 12, 2017

Growing partisanship across the country has made immigration the hot-button issue of the moment—but the Fund for New Citizens has been helping immigrants integrate into New York City's civic and economic life for more than 30 years. Read about how the Fund got started and what it has accomplished in our new report, "Welcoming the Newest New Yorkers."

Immigration Impact Report: Advancing Innovative Philanthropic Solutions to Our Region's Most Challenging Problems

December 1, 2016

More than one third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants, and almost two thirds of those younger than 18 are children of immigrants. Immigrant entrepreneurs have contributed considerably to innovation and job creation in Silicon Valley, and nearly half of its workforce is foreign-born. However, more than twice as many immigrant and refugee families in Silicon Valley are living in poverty (7.8 percent) as compared to the general population (3.8 percent). These immigrants are not only challenged by the high cost of living in Silicon Valley but also by language, educational and legal barriers that make it difficult for them to access economic opportunities and participate fully in society. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's impact evaluation report assesses its immigration strategy, and details its strategic investments in programs that strengthen the legal services infrastructure to ensure the provision of affordable and reliable legal services for immigrants; Vocational English and English as a Second Language courses to ensure greater economic advancement by immigrants; and encouraged coordination and best practices among community colleges, adult education schools, and community-based organizations.

Entendiendo el Impacto de la Inmigración en la Región Metropolitana de New Haven

March 1, 2015

Entendiendo el Impacto de la Inmigración en la Región Metropolitana de New Haven explora como la inmigración impacta el desarrollo de ambos, la Región Metropolitana de New Haven y Connecticut. Utilizamos datos recopilados por agencias federales, estatales y gobiernos locales; al igual que información generada localmente por DataHaven y La Fundación Comunitaria para la Región Metropolitana de New Haven (The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven). El Informe fue escrito por Mary Buchanan y Mark Abraham de DataHaven, con asistencia del personal de La Fundación Comunitaria y no debe ser interpretado como representativo de los puntos de vistas oficiales de DataHaven o La Fundación Comunitaria para la Región Metropolitana de New Haven.

Understanding the Impact of Immigration in Greater New Haven

March 1, 2015

"Understanding the Impact of Immigration in Greater New Haven," highlights the rapid demographic transformation of the region driven by immigration in the past two decades and the significant economic contributions, particularly in small business creation, of this diverse population. The report compiles data from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as information generated locally by DataHaven and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Financial Empowerment in Northwest Queens

February 1, 2015

Every day, immigrants in Northwest Queens struggle to find work, obtain legal status, and manage their finances. While immigrant consumers are an integral part of the New York City economy -- spending and saving money and paying taxes -- many face multiple barriers to financial empowerment. This means that many immigrants struggle to build the kind of wealth that could enable them to buy a home, pay for higher education, save for retirement, and lead to overall long-term economic stability and security. While many immigrant consumers do save money, many do not trust mainstream financial institutions because they do not provide linguistically or culturally competent services. Others are concerned about hidden or excessive fees. As a result many immigrant consumers utilize fringe financial services that tend to be predatory and exploitative.

Brooklyn Insights: Final Report

October 27, 2014

This report documents the findings from conversations with nearly 1,000 residents, advocates, and leaders to discuss Brooklyn's future, and to put their voices and ideas at the forefront of our work.From the bustling sidewalks of Sunset Park, to the lush gardens and farms of East New York, to the vibrant neighborhood blocks beyond the boardwalk in Coney Island, the Brooklyn Community Foundation learned about the intense challenges facing residents, and the opportunities they see for bettering their lives. Over six months, we discovered more than we ever imagined, and repeatedly heard about five major themes that thread through all of our communities.

What's at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform, and Our Future Together

May 9, 2013

Building off a methodology originally pioneered by co-author Enrico A.Marcelli (Demographer, Department ofSociology, San Diego State University) to estimate the unauthorized, this is the first report to estimate undocumented Californians at this breadth and level of detail. One in six California children has at least one undocumented parent and 81% of those children are citizens. Nearly half (49%) of undocumented Californians have lived here more than 10 years. Undocumented Californians comprise nearly 7% of the state's total population, 8% of all adults and 9% of the state's workforce.However, achievement of these gains will require a clear and quick roadmap to citizenship. To succeed, federal immigration reform needs to take immigrant integration seriously, and the state and local governments will need to invest in programs to raise education levels, increase English fluency and improve job skills as a way to maximize the potential of undocumented Californians and build a stronger state.

CONEC Volunteer Matching with Legal Service Providers

January 1, 2013

In early 2013, with Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) looming on the horizon, Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched a technology innovation project to support the technology needs and aspirations of immigration legal services providers in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in California. The effort was envisioned as an opportunity to engage a cohort of agencies in a unique co-creation process exploring the use of technology to enhance citizenship and naturalization services for immigrants in Silicon Valley.

On the Shoulders of Generations: Philanthropy in the Indian American Community of Silicon Valley

February 23, 2012

Based on interviews, examines traditions, trends, and values in philanthropy among immigrants from India in Silicon Valley, including the shift from personal and private charity to institutionalized giving among the Indian Diaspora.

Making the Grade: A Scorecard for State Health Insurance Exchanges

October 18, 2011

Assesses states' progress in creating exchanges and grades established exchanges on policies regarding governance and structure, negotiating power and ability to drive value, consumer experience, and stability, including protection from adverse selection.

Unauthorized Immigrants in California: Estimates for Counties

July 15, 2011

Estimates changes in unauthorized immigrant populations between 2001 and 2008 by county and zip code, including percentage of total population. Discusses the challenges of obtaining accurate counts and implications for policy.

What Does the Census Tell Us About Metropolitan Chicago?

May 1, 2011

This publication examines key trends in population shifts across the metro Chicago region (defined as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties). Among the report highlights are the following:Metropolitan Chicago is home to 8.4 million persons, and the area grew by 3.5 percent between 2000 and 2010.The Metro population is shifting westwardSome of the major racial communities are falling in numbers while others grow.Poverty becomes more regionalized.Immigration has slowed.Sharp demographic differences mark the generations.Education levels improve but disparities exist.