During every domestic disaster, one of the most vulnerable populations affected are immigrant individuals and families. With factors like linguistic isolation or insecure documentation status, immigrants are at great risk before, during and after disaster events. And in many places, resources to support preparedness, response and recovery initiatives for these communities are scarce.

To discuss the role that philanthropy can play in supporting immigrants and their communities in recovery from disasters, we hosted a webinar with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC). The conversation focused on:

  • How private philanthropy can ensure funded organizations are truly addressing the identified needs of immigrants and their communities.
  • Building equity in the disaster recovery phase for immigrants, communities of color, low-income communities and other vulnerable populations.
  • Learning to be an agent of change for immigrants in building more resilient communities.
  • The role of affinity groups in funding for these communities.
  • How to talk to donors and potential donors about funding for the needs of immigrants, including those with sensitive document status.

CDP Vice President Regine Webster moderated the discussion and panelists included:

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more: