Announcing new name: Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative

The Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative (IFC) is the new name of the Illinois Funders DACA Relief Initiative (IDRI). Begun in 2012 to respond to DACA – which allows younger immigrants to apply for a temporary shield from deportation, enabling them to live and work legally in the United States – IFC is now preparing to respond to possible new executive action. Participating funders contribute to a pooled fund and make grants aligned with IFC’s recommendations. New donors are being sought to extend and expand grantmaking in 2015. The Collaborative is a donor-advised fund of The Chicago Community Trust.

IFC Donors
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Fund for New Citizens of the New York Community Trust
  • The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Roy G. Kerr Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Wieboldt Foundation
  • Woods Fund of Chicago

Two foundations that prefer to remain anonymous also partner with IDRI.

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If you have any questions, please contact Alice Cottingham, IFC project manager, at or 708.609.9981.


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IFC Grants, Convenings and Upcoming Grants

IFC awarded 22 grants of nearly $400,000 in September. The six-month grants will support tested and promising work to:

• inform and encourage youth and youth adults who are eligible for Deferred Action to apply – and those who have received DACA and work authorization to apply for renewals

• provide application assistance and legal review and guidance for DACA applicants

• ensure that immigration legal service providers have access to technical assistance and training

• plan and prepare for executive action Grant agreements are written to allow funded organizations to respond to new administrative relief that the White House has promised.


The new grants bring total grants from IFC to nearly $1.2 million since 2012 and add seven new grantee organizations, including the first immigration legal service provider outside metropolitan Chicago. Grants reflect continued strong emphasis on legal services plus greater attention to community education and outreach, with three new suburban-focused community education grantees, and three new Asian American-focused partnerships.See the complete grants list online

From time to time, IFC also convenes meetings of stakeholders. The most recent was an October 2014 conversation among community education grantees about their work and how to make financial assistance more accessible to DACA applicants. In June 2014, IFC hosted a meeting of Asian American organizations about strengthening DACA outreach in API communities. In March 2014, it hosted presentations by Roberto Gonzales, Ph.D. about early findings from his longitudinal research about DACA's powerful impact in the lives of beneficiaries.