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2017 REPORT: 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.” You can also read the report in Issuu.

New York's Grantmakers Help New York's Immigrants 

The Fund for New Citizens was established in 1987 to coordinate foundations’ response to changing laws, policies, and circumstances affecting immigrants living in New York City. The Fund aims to:

  • Provide legal services to immigrants, to help them understand new immigration laws and policies and apply for available immigration benefits;
  • Strengthen the capacity of immigrant organizations and help stabilize the City’s immigrant-led nonprofit infrastructure;
  • Support advocacy and community organizing around federal and local government policies and practices that affect New York City's immigrant communities;
  • Provide legal assistance and representation for immigrants threatened with deportation; and  
  • Inform the funding community about immigrant issues through briefings and site visits.
If you are interested in joining the Fund, please contact program associate Leigh Ross at or (212) 686-0010 x299.

Accomplishments of the Fund for New Citizens

  • Awarded nearly $20 million in grants to increase legal services for immigrants, build immigrant-led groups, challenge anti-immigration policies, and promote the integration of immigrants into the civic and economic life of the City;
  • Helped create the New York Immigration Coalition, now the leading voice for newcomers in the State and a leader in national advocacy efforts.
  • Developed partnerships between immigration legal services and community organizations that help more than 1,800 immigrants file for citizenship and permanent residency yearly.
  • Established the Immigration Representation Project, a nationally recognized coalition of legal agencies that has represented more than 4,000 immigrants and asylum seekers facing deportation/removal.
  • Supported a class action lawsuit that successfully challenged the severe backlog in processing citizenship applications.
  • Organized funders, and legal and community groups to assist more than 4,000 immigrants affected by the federal government's Special Call-In Registration Program.
  • Provided resources and technical assistance to build the capacity of over 60 immigrant-led, grassroots organizations throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

Current Members

  • Altman Foundation
  • Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • The Clark Foundation
  • FJC-A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foundation to Promote Open Society
  • Harman Family Foundation
  • Interest on Lawyer Account Fund of the State of New York
  • The New York Community Trust
  • New York Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • RCHN Community Health Foundation 

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