Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative
Supporting Chicago’s Immigrants to Learn, Work and Thrive
The Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative (IFC) is the new name of the Illinois Funders DACA Relief Initiative (IDRI). Begun in 2012 to respond to DACA—which allowed younger immigrants to apply for a temporary shield from deportation, enabling them to live and work legally in the United States—IFC originally concentrated its grant making on legal services that helped DACA applicants ensure their eligibility and assist with applications. Today, in response to the current state of immigration policy, IFC’s grant strategies have shifted to prioritize individual legal assistance; community defense and strengthening; and capacity-building to help organizations serve clients and work together in coalitions to mobilize for change. Combining the contributions of twelve local funders and foundations, IFC has awarded $2.9 million to 34 nonprofits since 2012.
Anna Lee, Program Officer