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Immigration

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

IMMIGRATION

Southwest Florida has a large immigrant and refugee population.  Immigrants and refugees are our neighbors, friends, and employees, continuing to recover from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017 and changes in immigration law and enforcement.  Our Immigration Program is designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for these immigrants and refugees in our region.  This program falls under our Equity and Empowerment cause area.

EQUITY & EMPOWERMENT

ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION PROGRAM GRANT

The grantmaking portion of the Immigration Program provides legal and related services to immigrants and refugees in Southwest Florida.  The Florida Bar Foundation and national funders are the funder of this grant.  Through our national funders, we are one of 24 Delivering on the Dream (DOTD) collaboratives in 19 states.  DOTD is a national network of collaboratives designed to invest resources to protect and defend the rights of immigrants and refugees to help them achieve dreams of a better life.  Southwest Florida is the first and only Collaborative in Florida.

Our Immigration Program grant represents our largest grant amount in one cause area.  Through our state and national funding, we awarded a total of $615,000 to the six organizations listed below, doing this important work in our communities.  Funding for the grant is only for 2019.  We hope to grow our immigration fund, so we can continue this important and needed program well beyond 2019.

2018-2019 Immigration Program Grant Information:

Organization Project Name Types of Immigration Services
Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. FRLS Immigration Program Legal services and community outreach and education.
CAIR Florida, Inc. Southwest Florida Immigration Project Legal services, community outreach and education, and advocacy and organizing.
Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. d/b/a Legal Aid Service of Collier County Immigration Legal Services and Empowerment Project Legal services and capacity building.
Lutheran Services Florida, Inc. SW Florida Low Bono Immigration Project Legal services and community outreach and education.
Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc. Immigration Accreditation Project Legal services, community outreach and education, capacity building, and advocacy and organizing.
Americans for Immigrant Justice Immigration Project Legal services, community outreach and education, and capacity building.

STATISTICS

In 2017, immigrants in Florida paid $7.8 billion in state and local taxes and held $91.9 billion in spending power, per the Florida Compact on Immigration. Source: https://www.flcompact.org/news
The lee county school district’s impact report from 2017-18 shows that lee county students represent 134 different languages and are from 154 different counties.
These regional statistics show the percentages of foreign-born population for each of our five counties and percentages of foreign born population who are not U.S. citizens. Source: https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_17_5YR_DP02&prodType=table
U.S. immigrant population hit record 43.7 Million in 2016. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Undocumented population growth peaked in 2000, then dropped rapidly from 2000 to 2010. Source: Center for Migration Studies (CMS) with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statistics.
The number leaving the undocumented population increased steadily, from 370,000 in 2000 to 770,000 in 2016. Source: Center for Migration Studies (CMS) with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statistics.
Percentage of all ICE arrests in which the person has been convicted of a crime. Source: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Data; Graphic by George Petras / USA Today.

LEARNING COMMUNITY

Immigration learning community meetings are open to grantees and non-grantees. During the meetings, grantee and non-grantee organizations share good practices, challenges, opportunities, stories, collective impact, and resources. Attendees are organizations ranging from health care to human services, attorneys, consultants, our local law school, churches, and private citizens concerned with immigrants and refugees in Southwest Florida. Meeting times are 2:00-3:00 p.m., followed by networking from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  Future meeting dates are here at Collaboratory on:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • November 5, 2019
  • February 13, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
  • September 30, 2020
  • November 5, 2020

PLEASE RSVP

Please RSVP should you wish to attend any of these meetings.

TOOLS & REPORTS

These are external reports we utilize for data related to our immigration program.

NEWS

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Immigration Fund

The Immigration Fund is to support the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s immigration program, which is designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for immigrants and refugees in Southwest Florida.

Give Today for Their Tomorrows
If you wish to give now to help the cause, give to the Immigration Fund

Land of Opportunity Endowed Fund

The purpose of the Land of Opportunity Fund is to provide such services and needs relating to immigrants as the trustees shall determine, including but not limited to legal services relating to immigration status for individuals not born in this country, or their family members, so that they may remain and prosper in the country. The provision of such legal services shall be its primary purpose. Its service area shall be that of Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Give Now and Later
If you want to create a legacy, consider a gift to the Land of Opportunity Endowed Fund. Your gift will last in perpetuity.

If you want to create a legacy, consider a gift to the Land of Opportunity Endowed Fund.
Your gift will last in perpetuity.