December 2018 Newsletter

Still, Like Air, We Rise

In a year of ongoing attacks on immigrant communities, we fought back by ambitiously growing our programming:

Through our brand-new Campus Catalyst Fund, we awarded $3.875MM in grants and technical assistance to bolster systemic support for undocumented students and their families at 32 public colleges and universities. Read this article about the Catalyst Fund from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: Undocumented on Campus: California Funders Come Together for Immigrant Students.

Through our expanded Yearlong Fellowships, we provided over 1,000 hours of leadership development and 1-on-1 mentorship. Read about Luis Rivera, one of our Community Engagement Fellows who is working to uplift undocumented high school students in his hometown of Concord. Luis writes: “It is great to be back in my community, doing work that is meaningful to me and helping a new generation of immigrants thrive.”

Through our Scholarship Fund & Entrepreneurship Fund, we awarded $625,000 in life-changing grants to undocumented scholars and social entrepreneurs. Read about Lorenza, one of our scholars, whose daughter was the first person to encourage her to go back to school. “I was afraid at first, but my daughter convinced me to follow my dreams and take the opportunity,” Lorenza says. “Whenever someone says I’m too old to go to school, I tell them, ‘Dreams don’t have a due date.’”

Through our In-Person Presentations & Educational Resources, we reached over 350,000 people virtually and 10,000 in-person. For an example of one of our educational resources, watch this short #UndocuHustle film about to learn more entrepreneurship opportunities open to all immigrants regardless of legal status.

We also celebrated our 10+ year anniversary,
changed our organization’s name from Educators for Fair Consideration to Immigrants Rising, and completely transformed our website.

We couldn’t have made it this far without you. Will you help us launch even more boldly into our next decade?
Please consider making a donation so we can continue supporting undocumented young people rise above adversity, reach back, and soar.