Four Freedoms Fund™
Founded in 2003, the Four Freedoms Fund™ (FFF) is a national donor collaborative working toward full integration of immigrants as active participants in our democracy.
In order to achieve this goal, we believe the nation’s immigration system must recognize the human rights and dignity of all immigrants, be fair and just and prioritize keeping families together. FFF seeks to ensure this outcome by building and supporting a robust local, state and national infrastructure of immigrants’ rights organizations and leaders.
Leveraging the resources and insights of its multiple donors, FFF provides an intelligent, nimble vehicle for donors to invest directly in the state and local immigrant rights and grassroots organizations that have become the driving force fueling culture change and policy reform at all levels of government.
For both its grantees and funders, the Four Freedoms Fund plays three critical roles:
- Investor – FFF makes general and project support grants to pro-immigrant organizations across the country that engage in advocacy, organizing, civic engagement and defense of rights.
- Philanthropy Advisor –FFF uses our intermediary role to help donors make more informed decisions with their own grantmaking and to help the field respond to opportunities or challenges as they arise.
- Capacity Builder – FFF offers a comprehensive menu of skills training and coaching to strengthen the operational effectiveness, sustainability, advocacy skills and communications capacity of FFF grantees.
How We Work
In order to attain its goals of immigration system reform and full integration of immigrants, FFF builds the individual and collective capacity and infrastructure of the immigrants’ rights movement by supporting a network of local, state; and national organizations and leaders using the following strategies:
- Provides long-term general operating grants.
- Provides “quick-turnaround” funding to the field that is responsive to conditions and issues as they arise throughout the calendar year.
- Supports narrative change and effective communications.
- Supports local and state-based civic engagement activities.
- Supports alliance-building with other constituencies.
Resources and Reports
Case Study: Successful Coalition Building and Data-Driven Approaches in Arizona Advance Immigrant Rights.
Out of the Closet, Out of the Shadows: LGBTQ Leadership in the Struggle Against Deportation.
FFF’s current donors include
> Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust
> The Beacon Fund
> Carnegie Corporation of New York
> Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
> Ford Foundation
> Grove Foundation
> Heising Simons Foundation
> JPB Foundation
> Luminate Group
> The Kresge Foundation
> Oak Foundation
> Open Society Foundations
> Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation
> Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
> Anonymous donors