Building Philanthropy to Build a Better Florida

Building Whole Communities: Join us across Florida

February 28, 2018

Nearly 4 million Floridians are foreign-born.

Florida has the fourth largest immigrant population in the country. Immigrants and refugees are an integral part of our communities and contribute significantly to Florida’s culture and economy.

Join FPN and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for the Florida Funders' Tour this April 11-13, and participate in robust discussion on: 

  • promising and proven investment strategies, including place-based supports and services that are effective in immigrant communities across Florida; 
  • relevance of issues for a wide range of grantmaking priorities with your philanthropic colleagues; and 
  • Florida’s diverse local immigrant communities, the contributions they make and the issues they are facing and ways you can coordinate, collaborate, and leverage funding to advance Florida’s shared future.

We will tour sites in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami with Florida and national funders on a three-day circuit exploring how community organizations and grantmakers are responding to the needs of these diverse communities. Check out an overview of each site below, and click through for more information and to register.

April 11 - Jacksonville

We'll kick off the tour with an overview of the state’s immigrant and refugee populations in this resettlement city.

  • Visit with local service providers including local education, workforce, and legal service providers and their clients and hear from ESOL students at Florida State College of Jacksonville.
  • Hear from funders on approaching workforce development, housing, education and other integration efforts. 

April 12 - Orlando

Explore the experiences of farmworker communities, including youth, and the intersections of immigrant and LGBTQ communities.

  • Visit an Apopka community center to learn about migrant farmworker families.
  • Learn about economic integration efforts as well as the needs of LGBTQ immigrants in Orlando.
  • Hear from local leaders and funders on why the Pulse tragedy put the issue of immigration on the radar of local elected officials, funders, service providers and advocates.

April 13 - Miami

The Florida Funders' Tour closes in Miami with a focus on the interplay of local, state, and federal immigration-related policies.

  • Learn about "Immigration Court" from a firsthand account of the difficulties faced by unaccompanied minors and undocumented immigrants moving through the immigration process from clients and staff of Catholic Legal Services .
  • Knight Foundation hosts funder and grantee discussion on naturalization and civic engagement efforts, including immigrant women workers’ rights and the interplay of local, state, and federal immigration-related policies.
  • Funder-only discussions that highlight best practices and challenges in this work will round out the day.