Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum. In July 2018, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and BPC Action published a new report, The New Middle on Immigration Reform, which suggests a consensus set of immigration policies that Americans support is more to the right than many realize. The report is based on a nationwide survey, focus groups and roundtable discussions. 

But where does California fit into this dialogue? Grantmakers in California, where one in four residents is an immigrant and half the children in the state have a parent who immigrated to the United States, have been working on the issue of immigration for years. California donors have been funding at the local, regional or statewide level, yet may not be engaged at the federal level when it comes to immigration reform efforts.

Philanthropy California and BPC have partnered to deepen the conversation with California grantmakers and funders to help inform this national debate by organizing three regional “Policy Salons” on immigration across the state.

Join us at these salons to:

  • Learn how the issue of immigration is being framed at the national level;
  • Share experiences with immigration issues at the local and regional level;
  • Gain an understanding of how California grantmakers and funders are thinking about the short- and longer-term strategies for moving immigrant rights and integration forward; and
  • Discuss how we might partner to learn more about California’s attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and develop strategies to help California be more of a leader in the national debate.

Southern California Grantmakers event: Monday, October 29 in Los Angeles. Details here

Northern California Grantmakers event: Tuesday, October 30 in San Francisco. Details here.

San Diego Grantmakers event: Wednesday, October 31 in San Diego. Details here.

For more information, email Karla Mercado at


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SCG, NCG and SDG members: No cost to participate
Non-members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG and SDG members, and eligible non-members.

Register online. SCG members, please log in to your account to register
NCG and SDG members, please click here.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.


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