$553 million in grants,
64 years of change­making

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2017

July

2017

Welcoming John Govea

The Haas, Jr. Fund announces the hiring of a new staff leader for its Immigrant Rights program. Descended from Mexican immigrants, John Govea started his career as an attorney representing farmworkers in rural California. Most recently, he managed national programs on childhood obesity and health equity for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the Haas, Jr. Fund, John is leading its efforts to create equal opportunities for immigrants in California and across the nation. “To join the Fund’s ream at a challenging time for immigrant communities across the country is both a great honor and a profound responsibility,” Govea says.

April

2017

Philanthropy’s role in a challenging time

Stormy White House Photo by Amanjeev

The 100-day mark of the Trump administration is a time of reflection for philanthropy and its partners in the work of advancing rights and creating opportunities for immigrants, LGBT people, and other communities. Haas, Jr. Fund Vice President of Programs Cathy Cha joins the dialogue with three colleagues in an article for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article follows up on a presentation the group made at a Northern California Grantmakers debate.  

February

2017

Speaking up for inclusion

Photo by Jamie Thrower

In the wake of White House actions targeting refugees and immigrants, the Haas, Jr. Fund joins with other funders of immigrant rights to speak up for policies that advance diversity, inclusion and human dignity.  

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2016

June 24

2016

Despite immigration setback, California keeps moving forward

Photo by National AAPI DACA Collaborative Coordinator

The U.S. Supreme Court blocks the Obama administration’s plan to extend deportation relief to more immigrants beyond those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Despite the defeat, California continues to offer a model for pro-immigrant reforms.  

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April 13

2016

Strengthening democracy in California

Photo by Tim Wagner

The Haas, Jr. Fund joins with other funders to share lessons from an innovative partnership aimed at boosting civic engagement among immigrants and other underrepresented populations in California. 

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2015

2014

November

2014

One giant leap for immigrant rights

President Barack Obama

President Obama grants “administrative relief” to 5 million undocumented Americans, providing them an opportunity to obtain work permits and temporary relief from deportation. (In February 2015, a federal judge temporarily halts Obama’s executive action.)

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2013

2013

State policy victories in Sacramento

Woman at California Immigration Day Photo by Theo Rigby ©

California adopts the TRUST Act, limiting the ability of police to detain immigrants who pose no threat. New state laws also allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses; domestic workers to obtain overtime pay; and qualified undocumented immigrants to become licensed lawyers.

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2012

2011

2005

2005

Aligning resources for reform

Oakland May Day Rally Photo by Kathy Sloane ©

The Fund joins NEO Philanthropy’s Four Freedoms Fund, a national collaborative of funders working to integrate immigrants into our democracy.

2004

2004

Promoting the need for immigration reform

"The Time is Now" sigh at San Francisco May Day Photo by Theo Rigby ©

The Fund invests in direct services for immigrants, litigation, organizing and advocacy at the state and national levels.

2003

1998