Our resources may be limited relative to other funders, and seem like a drop in the bucket when considering the overwhelming work that needs to be done and the investments necessary to transform and overcome systems of injustice. However, the Foundation is determined to leverage any resources we can muster for the greatest impact.
Within a systems-thinking perspective, even the smallest nudge administered with skill and care can have profound ripple effects that help to shift the dynamics of multiple systems. It is therefore imperative that our work be grounded in identifying leverage points in our social systems—economic, political, cultural—that are causing mass displacement, intolerance, and inequity so that we can transform them. The Migration Justice Initiative’s current areas of focus—advocacy, narrative change, resiliency, and grassroots power-building—arose from these considerations.
The Migration Justice Initiative seeks to amplify organizations whose body of work demonstrate strong alignment towards our strategic goals—more humane national and international immigration and refugee policies; shifts towards more inclusive identity narratives in political and cultural discourse; greater capacity for communities to heal from and interrupt cycles of trauma and victimization; a robust pipeline of community organizers and political leaders arising from marginalized communities. We also look to lift up new organizations that are innovative in their policy, communications, and organizing capacities in advancing movements towards a world where Freedom of Movement is enshrined as a fundamental human right alongside the Four Freedoms: Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom to Worship.
The Migration Justice Initiative will focus support for organizations that embody the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their leadership, governance and operational structures. We will also strive to ensure that the work we fund is driven by people from affected communities and that it centers their lived experiences.
At this time, the Migration Justice Initiative considers applications by invitation only.
Populations We Serve
Formally resettled or non-resettled refugees
Internally displaced persons
Marginalized minorities/BIPOC communities