DOTD 2022 QIII Meeting
4:49PM Sep 14, 2022
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All right, good afternoon. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the q3 THD meeting. glad y'all are able to join us today. We have a good agenda today with a couple of guest presenters and then some discussions about sort of the network or the remainder of this grant period. So I thought we would start with some introductions since we haven't seen each other in a while. We passed on the q2 meeting, because we had our convenient Houston which I know many of you were able to attend. So we're glad to sort of be reassembling after a little bit of a break. So I thought we'd start by doing some introductions and go around the room. And maybe if you could share your name, your preferred pronouns, the institution you're joining from this morning, and then your choice either something a pleasant memory from the summers are something you're looking forward to now that we are heading into the fall. So I will start and then pass it on to to a colleague and we'll go from there. So again, my name is Kevin Douglas. I use he him pronouns. I'm part of grantmakers concerned with enriching refugees, and calling from San Francisco. And something that I enjoyed in the summer was just getting to travel again. I feel like when COVID came, we didn't do a lot of traveling. And then this year, we were like Alright, we're ready, ready to get out there and sort of had a chance to go enjoy the sun and get around to some different locations. So I will hand it off to let's see who's next on my screen. That's good to Alice. And if folks are open to coming in video, that's great, but also understand other things going on, as we call it warehouses. So So noise It's not bad, Alice to go ahead and say
hi, everybody. Thanks,
Kevin. I'm gonna be off screen for a while because I've only eat lunch. I think that I'm the project manager for the Illinois immigrant funder collaborative and have been since beginning in 2012. I work as a independent consultant in this in IFC is one of my clients. The most fun thing I did this summer was I took off five weeks from the beginning of August until the day after Labor Day. And I want to say that I am here to heartily recommend it to each and every one of you. It was absolutely terrific. I did absolutely nothing exciting, but I could not have been happier. So I will pass it on to Rachel Phillips
Hi, everyone. I'm Rachel Griego with the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado. We are located in Denver, but we are a statewide Community Foundation. Let me see here. What did I enjoyed having my my son home from college? He's a sophomore this year, but I missed him a lot and I just soaked up every single moment that I have with him. Good and bad for the summer, so I'm missing him again because he's back in school but I'm I'm proud and happy that that he's gone back. And then I read a bunch of really good interesting books were both for joy but then also applicable to the work that we're doing here in the state as well. Great to see everyone Oh, she her and are my pronouns. Awesome. Thank you, Rachel.
Maybe you can drop the recommendation in the chat. There's a book you particularly liked. Why don't we welcome Shima Good morning.
Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Shima kalburgi. I use she her pronouns. I'm representing the main immigrant refugee funders collaborative, but my institutional home is main initiatives. It's a public charity based in Portland, Maine. I am the coordinator of the funders collaborative and I've been in that position for the last five years on currently working from Kigali, Rwanda and we'll be here until October. The favorite a favorite memory for me is having the time to spend with my 97 year old grandfather. Why seldom see so having been here? I've had the opportunity to spend some quality time with an
awesome welcome. Thank you. Shima let's go to khaki
and tech. Use she her pronouns. I'm in Nashville, Tennessee and work with the Tennessee delivering on the dream collaborative. And I'm looking forward. This next weekend we're going to just take some time off and go to a place where there's mountains in a creek for my dog to swim in and just do nothing for about a week. So Thanks, Kevin.
Sounds great. Thank you kaki. Why don't we go ahead and welcome Stephanie.
I'm Stephanie said about Campbell. My pronouns are she her am, I am which juicers on the program assistant with dieser i I'm located in Chicago, born and raised, and my favorite summer memory. I did a lot of volunteer this summer at like a like a garden farm thing. So it was just great to be outside like It was tiring. But it was nice to be like outside doing stuff. Yeah, I'll pass it back to COVID.
Great, thank you, Stephanie. And maybe your neighbors with Alice. You guys can figure out where you are in relation to each other. Why don't we go ahead and welcome Caitlin.
Hi, there. My name is Caitlin I'm with the Latino Community Foundation's I work closely with Rachel I'm the Program Assistant will be helping with the Colorado immigrants funders collaborative. My preferred pronouns are she her a Yeah. And favorite summer memories. I think like you Kevin getting to travel and see family that we hadn't seen for a long time was really special this summer. So I'm glad we got to do that.
Awesome, and welcome to the group. Glad to have you. Caitlin. Thank you. I think next is you like
I am so like Santiago, you she her pronouns. I am representing the North Carolina Collaborative for strong Latinx communities which you're going to hear a lot more about in a few minutes. I am based in Durham, North Carolina. And my favorite summer memory is sitting in a beach very similar to the one in Stephanie's background in my place of birth Puerto Rico eating cannabis, which are my favorite fruit in the world. Yeah, so I'm happy to be here with you all. Well, and I'm looking forward to going to Greece I live on Friday. I've never been to Greece. That's a big thing for me with the Atlantic fellows for health equity. So thanks.
That sounds awesome. Not not as exciting as the to TD meeting but I hope you have fun in Greece. And why don't we welcome Kyra? Hi, oh,
nice to be here with everybody. My name is Kai tremendous. I'm the director of state and local programs here at juicer based out of Boston, Massachusetts. And my pronouns are he him his and my favorite summer memory. Probably has been going to the beach so GCIR We had summer Fridays, which is a gift and got to just spend time at the beach with my family and then just kind of basking basking in the sun and have good good food and just enjoy the water and anyway, just I mean really good. I'm gonna miss that. And I'll pass it to Ivy
Hi, everyone. My name is it free or pass my pronouns are she her hers. I am the vice president of programs at Cesar, and I'm based in the DC metropolitan area on Navajo plan and my favorite summer memory was going to my brother in law's wedding, which was on Father's Day and Pride weekend and soon to be a very big deal all around and it was a wonderful time to kind of have a family get together for family. So yeah, that was wonderful. And I'll pass it on to Adam. Hi, everyone.
My name is Adam Bates. I use he him pronouns. I'm an attorney with the International Refugee Assistance Project. I'm here to talk a little bit about some of the issues facing our new Afghan neighbors. I'm in the DC area. I'm in Arlington, Virginia. Favorite I played football my whole life growing up so summer was mostly just smashing into things and trying to stay out of trouble. But after I did my one trip abroad in my life, we my family visited Turkey for about 10 days, about 10 years ago and it was it was amazing. It was great. So that's, that's my one non football related summer memory.
Awesome. Thank you for joining us and looking forward to your presentation. Just a little bit. Why don't we go ahead and invite Tanya to say hello.
So hi, everyone. I'm Tanya harvick. I'm with the Morton and Jane Blaustein foundation but I'm here representing the Baltimore immigrant collaborative fund. Community funds sorry, which is a relatively new collaborative in the group. Catalina Rodriguez, who's the head of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, also kind of CO runs it and unfortunately she couldn't be here today but she's terrific. I'm chi her and while the community fund is located in Baltimore, and I lived in the DC area, along with a number of you on this call for 25 years, my family and I recently moved outside of New York, in New York outside of New York City, so trying to get acclimated here. Still certainly headed to Baltimore quite a bit. In my favorite memory this summer was that I in order to kind of get to know this part of the world I started volunteering at a Animal Rescue place which does a lot with farmed animals in particular and it's been wonderful, and I especially got from or got to know, one of the two emails that was there who was rescued from an emu farm, and the emus name was Kevin. And but what happened was, at the very beginning of the summer, one of the nights that I was in there volunteering with one other volunteer, a Kevin laid an emu egg, laying an egg. So we found out who Kevin really was. And also here is the EMU egg I thought I'd do show and tell as well so that it's absolutely incredibly gorgeous. And it was just unbelievably exciting. Evening, then went on to lay many more eggs, but when I was this one was the first so that's me. I will pass it to Isaac
Also, let me know in the chat that he's having trouble with audio surprisingly, I heard that you called him so why don't we go to Kathleen while we see if he gets that sorted out.
Hi, hello, everyone. I'm Kathleen Otero she her pronouns. I am with the Orange County Community Foundation in Orange County in Southern California. And well currently, like favorite summer memory at the end of this summer, like literally just a couple of weeks ago and what I'm looking forward to the fall is we adopted a new puppy. So our family has a new a new fur baby. He is an eight, eight month old, half golden retriever half German Shepherd. He looks all golden retriever and he is just a kooky little goofball who is getting along like gangbusters with our current dog, who is a seven year old half German Shepherd, half husky. And so it is just delightful to watch them play and run and have such a great time and I have the kids that are enjoying the new the new puppy as well. So it's just a fun little end of summer. new family member and now looking into the fall to have have a have a nice time with a new puppy for everyone.
That sounds like a lot of fun. Kathleen, and we saw your daughter. Jackie.
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and I'll play around business. So my so um, my name is Aesop parent and I work with the Texas Exes justice Foundation. He she my pronouns, he she, he him sorry, he him are my pronouns and I am here in Texas. My favorite summer memory is i We haven't we have a family that my wife's family's down in Colombia. So we were able to go down, spend a few weeks there, set the kids down there for about a month before we got there and we're able to spend three weeks on the beaches and the coffee region primarily. So it was it was nice to be back.
That sounds awesome. Is that Ken thank you for joining us. So I think our last person to go is as an Obeah.
Hello, everyone. This is an OB ally. I am the Executive Director of collaborative, she her pronouns. One memorable, memorable summer memory is the vacation that I took to friends, which I can do it four times during the pandemic finally made it and travel with two other couples and I'll we got to visit beyond this is my first time there the second city in France, but it's an old major city during the Roman Empire when you're right. That's visit the ruins of Roman theater. Very exciting, but the most exciting part at the time, it wasn't that exciting was one off, one among the six of us could get off the train and manage to get lost for two hours in Paris. So hunting her down was a is a challenge and a second Paris because there are six of us we couldn't take the regular taxi cab that's like a sedan so we have to get a fan. So this taxi driver tried to save us and we actually agreed to pay like the inflated price. And lo and behold a few blocks from the train station. They actually have taxi cab in Paris, topped out van and top Baba fell off the van and picked it up though driver for violating the taxi fare policy. While we managed to get two captains posted a hotel but who knew that there was actually a taxi cop and they actually were diligent in enforcing the law. So there was interesting. So that was my summer vacation this year.
Awesome. Snowpeak glad you guys were able to sort of resolve this situation and that you had a good time in Paris so thank you for joining this morning. For our agenda today. We have a couple components. One, you're getting to sort of connect and you know, meet each other is getting a little bit of a policy update. So some of you may know this that earlier this year for the first time juicer adopted like a former public facing policy agenda that we shared a little bit about at our Houston convening. And since then, I've been thinking about ways to advance those policies and incorporate them into our work. So we're actually going to have a webinar next week where we're going to do a deep dive into several of those policies. And today, we're actually lucky to focus really on one of them, which is the Afghan Adjustment Act. And we are so lucky to be joined by Adam Bates Council, International Refugee Assistance Project, who would talk a lot about sort of the issue and they sort of campaign to sort of get that across the finish line and how we, as philanthropy might be able to help support that effort and raise awareness of it. Following that, we'll have the opportunity to hear from Laker who will share about sort of the work in North Carolina and their approach to grant making, how they're focused on their work in their strategy this year. And then we'll pivot to a little bit of a network update, sort of where we are as we are in our final year of grant making as a collaborative is sort of like what the steps are for the remainder of this sort of grant cycle and what we're looking at moving forward and then some open space at the end for any updates or sharing. Before we close out. So that's the agenda for today. So I'm actually going to hand it over to Adam and as he is talking. If you guys have any questions, feel free to drop them in the chat. And then also don't forget, you can change your screen to Speaker view if you'd like to focus in on on him during the remarks. With that thank you for joining us, Adam and I will hand it over to you.
Thanks so much, Kevin. And thanks everyone, for giving me your time and I don't recommend focusing on my face while I'm speaking but you know, it's a free country. Kinda. But so yeah, I'm gonna talk a little bit about the Afghan Adjustment Act and some of the background. I know I don't have a good sense of like how, you know briefed in everyone is in terms of Afghan policy and Afghan refugee policy. So some of this may be a retread for folks, and some of it may be new. But so I want to talk for about 10 minutes or so and then I want to leave plenty of time for folks to ask questions and I'm sure Kevin can can circulate my my contact information or my email address if anyone has has questions following up. But so I'm, as Kevin said, I'm an attorney with the International Refugee Assistance Project. We provide direct legal assistance and representation to refugees and displaced people around the world not not just in the Afghanistan context, but we've we've worked very closely with the Special Immigrant Visa programs the SIV programs that you may have heard about in in Iraq and in Afghanistan for many years. So for basically as long as our organization has existed. So this has always been kind of a core component of our of our direct legal representation work our litigation work and and our policy work. So yeah, just as just as background. President Biden announced in April of last year that the US was going to be ending its its 20 year occupation of Afghanistan, and pretty much immediately organizations like IRAP humanitarian organizations, Afghan community organizations, veterans groups, faith groups, started calling on the administration immediately to begin large scale evacuations and humanitarian protections for at risk Afghans. It was it was pretty clear the writing was on the wall in terms of what was going to happen in the power vacuum, as as the US military withdrew. Unfortunately, the administration appears to have done very little between that the announcement of the evacuation and its culmination, which came in in August of last year. Cabo fell to the Taliban on August 18 on August 15, and I'm sure folks remember the the chaos and the just the violence and chaos and wild scenes at the at the airport and in Kabul as people tried desperately to get to the airport and to get to get their families on airplanes and be evacuated. Especially especially but not limited to folks who had worked closely with the US military and with the US government and Afghanistan for many years, who have who have been at the top of the Taliban, you know, list of reprisals. And it's a group of people that the administration had made successive administrations going back 20 years had made explicit promises to in terms of if you support the US mission and the US will support you there is a home in the United States for you, if you so choose. President Biden said that explicitly last July. So throughout that there was there was the chaos at the airport and in the next month or so, around more than 70,000 Afghans were evacuated and arrived to the US. 1000s more Afghans were able to get out of Afghanistan, but have not yet resettled anywhere, safe and are still in unstable and unsafe conditions and then obviously 1000s and 1000s of that risk Afghans were left behind and are still in Afghanistan today looking for a pathway out. The the discussion today is mostly going to focus on on Afghans who have arrived in the US but I did just want to just want to flag that for folks that this is still there are a lot of at risk Afghans outside Afghanistan and a lot still inside Afghanistan as well. But so for those folks who were who made it to the United States, and again, I think a testament to the kind of lack of planning and foresight they were paroled into into the US. humanitarian parole is not as many of you know already, humanitarian parole is not a pathway to permanent status. It doesn't convey a green card. It's not like being if you're admitted as a refugee, and after one year, you can apply for a green card. If you're admitted through the Special Immigrant Visa Program. A green card is instantaneous. You come into the country with a green card. But so these folks were paroled in which is a temporary protected status to be lawfully present in the United States. Most of the people were paroled for two years. There were a couple that were paroled for one year but then the government has since paroled everybody for two years. But point being it does not convey. By default. Parole does not convey access to benefits things like work authorizations, refugee resettlement benefits, and it does not put folks on a pathway to status. So it became clear very early on that this was going to be a huge problem. This I'm part of a Cold War IRAP as part of a coalition called the evacuate our allies coalition that has kind of come galvanized again, humanitarian groups, veterans groups, Afghan community groups around this issue. So there's there's just been a huge outpouring of support for this community from from basically all sectors of the US. It's been really impressive, but in terms of the government, the government response has continued to kind of lag behind where the public response is. It's so we have we were able last September, to get a provision in a continuing budget resolution that gave Afghan parolees access to refugee benefits, resettlement benefits, housing assistance, things like that, and in addition to work authorization, the same as if they had come in as refugees. But the one thing we were not able to do last year was get them on a pathway to permanent status. So the the Afghan Adjustment Act is something that we have been pushing for more more than a year now I the first draft, I saw the I looked up the other day is from last August, but it essentially follows past adjustment. This is not something brand new, in that there is a Cuban Adjustment Act that that that Congress passed after the Cuban river revolution. It basically just creates a new pathway to to green cards and eventually to citizenship for Afghan parolees who otherwise don't have one. The alternative the alternative for folks is that they are legally present there. They have legal parole status in the US until next August and then it becomes unclear and the most likely results for this, you know, cohort of between 70 and 80,000 people is that they a lot of them will end up in asylum. As as people on this call know better than I do the asylum backlog is already massive and I something like 400,000 cases. It's a horribly understaffed under funded just dysfunctional program and it does not it does not benefit anyone, not the Afghans, not the US government, not the folks already in asylum proceedings to have 70,000 Afghans you know put into this asylum pipeline. And additionally, there there's never been a question that these folks have a credible fear of being returned to Afghanistan. I don't think anybody is is seriously advocating for that and just given the trauma and the chaos that surrounded them as they are on their way out of Afghanistan. A lot of these folks have arrived in the US with I mean, the shirt on their back and a cell phone. The US government itself burned a lot of their documentation to ensure that it didn't come fall into the hands of the Taliban as as the US presidents withdrew. So in addition to all the trauma they've suffered, initially and on their way out in the country, the prospect of re traumatizing all of these people again through the through the asylum system. seems absurd. And of course, that's true of a lot of asylum seekers. I don't mean to diminish, folks who are seeking asylum from other places, but especially considering the US government's role in bringing these folks to the United States and being the reason that they're threatened in the first place in their home country.
The basically the US immigration system is just not equipped and was not prepared for this influx. of Afghans. And the idea of the Adjustment Act is to fix that and put these folks on a pathway to status in the the actual bill has has now was introduced early last month. It is a bipartisan bill. It has bipartisan co sponsors in the Senate and the House. We have six like we have six senators, three Republicans and three Democrats. We have we have more Democrats lined up but it's really important that this stays of a bipartisan bill. So one of the big things that we're trying to push now in order to actually move this forward, beyond just having it introduced is to urge more Republicans to get on the bill. And I think the veterans organizations have been really essential in this and they have been among the loudest and most vociferous and consistent advocates for for this bill and for this community. And that's something that I think in the refugee space certainly in the broader immigration space that's that's a lobbying force that we haven't often been able to tap into the bill does a few other things. It creates some new SI Special Immigrant Visa eligibility for some members of the Afghan armed forces. Currently s IVs are only for folks who served the US mission and that does not include the Afghan military. It has some oversight mechanisms, requiring the government to be more responsive than it has been to case inquiries and inquiries from congressional offices about about Afghan protections. It creates an interagency task force to oversee humanitarian protections for Afghans. But the the core of the core of the bill and the reason and I think that the main thrust of it is the adjustment provision for the 70,000 Plus Afghan evacuees, and I do just want to mention also that it's the bill it's in its current form of the bill. Does not only applies to Afghan evacuees, it also applies to Afghans who are already in the country at the time of the US withdrawal. So essentially the same, the same group of people that would be that are eligible for TPS under the Afghan designation and it also is a bit forward looking. It also protects Afghans who will be or could be paroled in in the future provided they supported the US mission. So that's I understand that's, that's a lot. This is been, you know, a year's worth of of advocacy work and statutory wrangling with Congress. So I'm sure folks have questions and I'm, I'm happy to answer whether about the bill itself and what it does the policy or the legislative strategy. I'm whatever folks want to talk about. I'm happy to discuss.
Thank you for all of this context and background. I certainly learned a fair bit this morning and I have some questions. But I want to first go to the rest of the community and see what sort of questions have come up for folks. For Adam.
Hi, Adam. This is Kathleen from Orange County. Thank you. So much. This is something that while we Orange County doesn't have a huge proportion of Afghan refugees. It's definitely a population that we've been paying attention to and trying to support organizations for coordinating services for this group. I guess two questions number one, is there anyone that is left out? You were sort of running through like the the opportunity for individuals who are already here future future refugees from Afghanistan? Is there is there anyone is there like a doughnut hole for anyone? In the in the the Adjustment Act that has been proposed? And then number two, I'm thinking about the organizations that we've been working with locally who have been really struggling to try and pull together the resources, the legal services to support the individuals who came on the Temporary Protected Status humanitarian parole, to help them adjust their immigration status. I'm wondering if for those who were able to adjust and justify some sort of immigration status adjustment. Do they automatically get also looped into this Adjustment Act? Or is whatever pathway they were already on the pathway that they stay on? Does that make sense?
I think well, I'll answer and then you tell me yes. But the question made sense, but so on your first question as far as the doughnut hole I'm actually I, we wrote this very broadly. I mean, I won't say we wrote it. We pitch this very broadly, initially, and I thought this was going to be something that we were going to have to maybe be forced to compromise away and it really just is not as not come up, but the bill that's currently worded would allow adjustment for any any of the evacuees, the 76,000 that were evacuated and paroled in it would also apply to, as I mentioned, Afghans Afghan nationals who were already in the United States at the time, so student visa, you know, basically the same the same group of people that TPS would apply to and then the forward looking aspect of it. It does have it is conditional in the sense that it talks about future parolees that supported the US mission and it's not it's not clear from the statute, what the what the State Department, you know what the government is going to do with that qualification or how they would verify that. It also just seems I mean, just practically speaking, the administration really has doesn't want to parole more people in and it has kind of stopped rolling folks in and is trying to get everyone they're trying to ensure they're trying to make it so that the people who come in are coming in either through the SIV program or the US refugee program so that they this this would just be moved as far as those people are concerned. So yeah, in terms of the doughnut hole that's currently written and this I mean out again, this is always subject to change. So if this gets inserted in a continuing resolution or something, it may not be the same, the same language. But as written and as planned, I the doughnut hole would not be folks who are already in the US get well with the this is getting into the weeds a little bit but there are it as currently worded. It basically has this two tiered adjustment process and one the streamlined, expeditious process is for folks who it's for is designed for US allies. So it's people with SIV applicants who already have chief of mission approval, people who were already referred to us wrap through the p p one or P two, us wrap referral. And then SIV applicants who don't have comp approval, but whose applications have been pending since before, I believe July 31 2018. So just people who people who applied to the program, you know, four plus years ago, those people are have this kind of expedited adjustment process, that it's it everyone else, everyone who's not in those categories. There is technically in the law. There's there's a two year there's a they are required to be in the US for two years before they can adjust now before they can apply. So I actually are thinking is in terms of the negotiation on this that they've already all these folks have already been in the US for a year and change in any and all practical sense. It seems like that that's a distinction without a difference because they are allowed to everyone is allowed to apply immediately. So by the time all of the the interviews and vetting and all of that takes place I think this this two year, this two year wait time difference actually just kind of evaporates. I think but there are in terms of inadmissibility waivers for that that second category of folks there are fewer waivers for them, especially as it pertains to crimes committed in the US. So in terms of the doughnut hole, I mean that if folks have have criminal convictions and things since they've been paroled into the US, that could be a problem for them. And then forward looking. i There's theoretically a hole where folks are Afghans who are paroled in but are not found to have supported the US mission I think would would be outside this but again, we don't even know what that we don't know what that terminology actually means. So it actually is very broad, and I do not there are not very many holes in this as currently written. And then can you refresh me on your second question? I believe
this is probably getting into the weeds, but I know that our legal service providers have been refugees to adjust from humanitarian parole for other potential visas or petitions that they might be eligible for. And I was wondering if, like if they're already kind of on a pathway, do they are they will they stay on that pathway or do we know anything yet about like, can they transition over to well
as the bill is currently as the bill is currently written, there's nothing there's nothing exclusive about it there's nothing there's nothing that denies them any other immigration benefit they could be qualified and this is similar to the SIV program as this is explicit provision and and so if somebody is you know if somebody has an SIV application, and it's certain that the chief of mission and there that comes with a green card at the end, and the question is like, Well, should I also apply to adjust? I mean, I can't give legal advice to the client, but I mean, there's nothing there's no those two processes are not working against each other or if they're already in you know, they've already been, I think, a few 1000 Afghans who have applied for asylum. Yeah, this would not like cancel out this will not negate their asylum application or vice versa. I think this is just something to be complimentary. Not not exclusive. I mean, the idea is to keep folks out of asylum, but in so far as folks have already gone down that path, I think that's there's nothing stopping them here.
Right? It just sounds like another tool in the toolbox to be able to add to the portfolio things
but yeah, that's the hope.
Yeah, thank you so much. I appreciate your your presentation today. Really helpful. Sure. Thanks.
You know, and we have a few more minutes left for questions, you know, speaking to this being the hope. It's, it's a proposal at this time, so I'm wondering if you can share a little bit about how you guys are advancing this I shared in the chat here, the organization endorsement form and someone asked if there's a sign on, let me get something we can organize. What is sort of like your best sense of how this gets into law and how philanthropy and and sort of grantees, you know, have these collaborators can help get this across the finish line?
Sure. So we as I mentioned, this has been introduced, there are spot by partisan sponsors that have their names on this now. So I mean, it was a pretty Herculean effort just to get to that point to actually get something introduced. But I think for for folks who follow you know, Congress, it's very rare for individual pieces of legislation to actually move anymore. So a lot of the focus has been on looking for larger vehicles, other vehicles that we know are going to have to move and try to work the work the committee's and just work. The congressional process to get the the language inserted. So for instance, there's there's the government runs out of money at the end of September and there's going to have to be some kind of an instrument or something that to keep that going. So usually, basically like under the Constitution, we should have a budget but we haven't had a budget in years and years. So the government funds itself through these big omnibus appropriations bills. But while they're fighting about the appropriations bills, they use these short term continuing resolutions or CRS to basically keep keep keep the lights on. So right now we're working as hard as we can to try and get this language inserted into this, this upcoming continuing resolution. Depending on how that pans out or if it doesn't pan out, we're also looking at for instance, you know, a bigger appropriate longer term appropriations bills for FY 23. We're up against the clock here obviously, because these folks are on two year parole and they're, you know, eventually they're just going to all file for asylum and, and so we're kind of against the clock here. The the hang up has been there is wide bipartisan support in general, but in turn, there's a big spectrum of what it means to support something from like, not actively opposing it all the way up to like actively endorsing it and putting your name on it and advocating with your colleagues. So the big I heard some folks talk about being from Texas and being from North Carolina on during the intros. Those are Republican offices in places like Texas, North Carolina places with large veterans communities places with that have influential senators that are in you know, on important committees that has really become the focus of our advocacy efforts in terms of if they're, if they're on the fence, can we get them on our side? And if they're not on our side, can we at least get them to not be actively opposed? So and this is especially true on the Senate side. So I think engagement with senators with Senator Cornyn and Texas senators Burr and tell us in North Carolina, Senator Chuck Grassley and Iowa has been a longtime opponent of expanded protections for Afghan refugees, and he's he's also the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. So insofar as anyone has connections in Iowa, and again, it's you know, these a lot of these especially Republican offices, I'm I'm a lawyer in Iran. They don't care what I think but if you have, they have to listen to veterans organizations, they have to listen to faith groups. So insofar as we can we can kind of organize and galvanize veterans groups and faith organizations and community groups to really push for this I think that's that's going to be the key is can we can we get enough Republicans on the bill and can we get the Republican opposition, if not to support it then at least to be a little less opposed or to allow it to go go forward? And again, this is pretty sure. I mean, we're kind of against the ticking clock. So I'd say we're under we need this to get done and under a year. Now, which seems like a long time, but in advocacy terms. A lot of this is coming up quickly. So if folks have resources in Texas, North Carolina, Iowa, cotton, purple state kind of places where it seems like Republican or just veteran veteran offices where a lot of veteran members of Congress have a clearer understanding of the sacrifices and the risks that a lot of these folks have made and the US government's role in putting people in this position. So yeah, it's pretty much an all hands on deck approach to putting pressure on Republican offices, especially to support the bill.
Thank you so much for giving us a lot to think about and for joining us for the presentation this morning. Maybe maybe first can give you some virtual thumbs up or claps and appreciation for what you shared this morning. It's super valuable to very important issue and really appreciate the work that you all have done to like you said even get the bipartisan bill introduced. For folks who haven't been following the chat. I've dropped a couple of things in there. First was information about the campaign the second was a fact sheet about the bill. The third was an organization endorsement form if you or your grantees are interested supporting. And the fourth is an individual sign on opportunity. So we'll make sure to share all of this with you all after the call. We'll also explore whether that juicer might be able to organize some sort of sign on for folks, but these are other steps, you can take an interim. Then finally, I've also dropped Adams email in the chat and as he mentioned, he's, you know, happy to receive questions if you want to learn more about this. So thank you again to Adam Anderson. You're probably gonna hang out for the next part of our meeting. So you're welcome to do that. And with that, I will bring us to the next part of our meeting today, which is, in these quarterly meetings. We always like to bring forward, you know, a collaborative to share about sort of their grant making strategy. You know, sometimes there's something unique happening in terms of how they're doing the grantmaking how they're doing the reporting, how they're determining their priorities. And so this quarter we're very lucky to have two Lego from North Carolina, who's going to share a little bit about how they're approaching their work this year. So thank you.
Thank you, Kevin. And thank you, Adam. I am saddened to hear not surprised to hear North Carolina referenced in that context of Tillison Burr. But what I'm about to share with you all is some positive things happening in North Carolina that are in support of nourishing and flourishing some of our immigrant and Latin X communities. So thank you, Adam. But before I get into any of that, I just want us to take a moment to come back into our bodies. I know that some of what Adam shared and some of what happens in these zoom calls tends to concentrate in this area of the body, the head, the brain, right? And we kind of lose and we're staring at each other's heads, primarily this tiny little part of our, of our being and so just an invitation to Yeah, maybe shift how you're sitting in your chair or how you're standing. Maybe an opportunity to take some shoulder rolls, to notice the quality of your breath. Is it shallow? And short, maybe take an opportunity to deepen it a little bit if you need to go get water if you need to stretch your body. If you're able to look outside of a window if that is accessible to you, I highly encourage that in this moment, as a way of regaining perspective of the world of your role in the world in this work. And if you're not able to do that, I'm gonna ask Stephanie to share my first
slide. Which is
a picture of that beach that I was referencing the other side of that beach because this is the Atlantic Ocean from the North Carolina coast. So this ocean connects where I live now and the place of my birth Puerto Rico and just to take a moment to maybe notice, notice here where it is that the sky and the ocean meet and how difficult it is sometimes to decipher that. And as we take in the expansiveness of the ocean, if we remember if we can take a moment to remember the expansiveness of the ocean. If we could also just take a few seconds to ask ourselves why why are we here? Why are we here this afternoon? Why are we on this zoom call? Why do we do this? work that we do day in day out? Yeah, and what is it that helps you feel connected in the broader sense to these little faces on the Zoom call, but to the folks in your community to humanity as a whole to the more than human world? What is it that helps you feel connected? Yeah, and what is it that you're committed to these days? What are your touchstones? What is your your compass in this heartbreakingly? Beautiful World? Because that's that's what we are inhabiting a heartbreakingly beautiful world.
maybe we could just linger here for a few seconds together, remembering our wholeness, our integrity, our connection to one another. well beyond these computer screens, we are connected. Thank you. Thank you for remembering your being beyond your brain. And thank you for this opportunity to share about a little bit of this work that I'm doing in my life. And so I am here today this afternoon to talk to you about the North Carolina Collaborative for strong Latinx communities. I'm not going to keep repeating that because it would just take up the whole time I have so I'll call it the Latinx collaborative from now on. And I can't talk about that work without talking about participatory grantmaking because that is at the heart and core of the work that I've been doing with these good folks in North Carolina. So the next slide is the definition that I often like to use participatory grantmaking seeds decision making power about funding, including the strategy and criteria behind those decisions, to the very communities that the funders aim to serve. And then beneath that is a slogan that is probably familiar to many of you, nothing about us without us, which comes from the disability justice movement, but of course, it's very much applicable to the work that we're doing here in North Carolina. The next slide is a quote from the brilliant James Baldwin. Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced and participatory grantmaking provides the philanthropic centers, sector and opportunity to shed shed relinquish outdated modes of operation and take some bold steps towards trust based philanthropy. And at the end of this, so I don't lose my train of thought. I'm going to include a few links and one of the links that I'll include is to the trust based philanthropy website so you'll get a little more information on that if you don't already have it. Yeah, and so this this vehicle participatory grantmaking is how these funders in North Carolina went from talking about equity because we know we all know there's a whole lot of talk about equity, to operationalizing equity. And so I'll give you a quick origin story back in 2018, these funders that had been working with Hispanics and philanthropy, Hispanics in philanthropy kind of shifted their path and their priorities and these funders wanted to keep doing this work that they had been doing investing in Latin X and immigrant communities in North Carolina and so they formed this collaborative.
Yeah. Next slide. And I know there are many many definitions out there of equity but I like this one from bully because it's directing goes. It's just so planing plain and I like playing talks sometimes. And he's so good about equity is about ensuring that the communities most affected by injustice, get the most money to lead in the fight to address that. injustice. And if that means we break the rules to make that happen, and that's what we do. All right. So maybe this is about breaking rules. Maybe it's just about molding, updating, evolving rules. And so this is a key element to participatory grantmaking bringing equity life and shifting decision making power into the hands of Latinx. leaders, who are the ones that know their communities best, right, not some random program officer sitting in a comfortable office, right? But there's also this other powerful element to this work is that it helps the philanthropic sector move away from a charity framework, which we're all too familiar with all for those poor brown little people into a social justice framework. And the next slide it comes from an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, which I highly recommend. I'll link back I'll share that link as well at the at the end. So it talks about a framework rooted in charity alone ignores past realities that forced communities into oppressive situations and risks. Reinforcing givers lack of understanding, with rewards that recognize their benevolence that we are familiar with. This sort of charity might relieve guilt and help some people sleep better but it produces no reflection on either the Genesis or perpetuation of inequality. And so again, at the core of participatory grantmaking and how we're doing our work in North Carolina, is this move the shift from Charity into a social justice framework? Okay, next slide. At this point, you may be doing this like huh, that's my little girl. You may be feeling like, yeah, that's also nice and lovely these words, but you may be feeling the rigidity of the structures that you're working with within or the stronghold that so many foundations still have on how our work of moving resources into community happens. Or maybe you're on the other side with me I have the spectrum totally vibing with what I'm saying and wanting to hear more about the nitty gritty of how how we do what we do. So I hope most of you are in that latter group. And so for for those of you I have this next slide, I just kind of pulled this together to give a visual sense of how the work is structured. Any of these like images never tell a full story. So we have the steering committee, which is the contributing foundations. It's been nine foundations thus far that have committed funds to this collaborative monster North Carolina base, but we have a few national groups that are deferring to the local wisdom on how their resources get allocated.
This group, the steering committee, the foundation reps, they do what they do best, which is bringing the resources together. They help to set broad strategies and then they provide support for me, the project manager in this in this work, and so next to that is the unifying counsel. And so these are this is the where all of the decision making regarding how resources get allocated takes place and this unifying Council this body is made up of nine Latinx leaders from across our state because North Carolina as a long state has three major regions is 80% rural, so representing both urban and rural areas, representing both well established 501 C threes with multimillion dollar budgets. And you know, grassroots organizations called me they're popular with Jolanda Marpa leading the work in their spare time so within that group, there are three foundation leaders, very intentionally the minority voice in the group and all of them are women of color. And so starting in the summer of 2020, this group convened several times to figure out scope of work and process to articulate agreements and values to start figuring out, not figuring out refining what the grant making process would look like. And ultimately, again, this group is the one that decides who gets the grants and for how much and I helped facilitate all of this conversation, but I don't have a vote very intentionally, and how the resources get allocated. Now, there's a whole lot more I could say about the unifying Council and our inner workings dynamics relationships, but for the sake of time, what I will say is that, Annie as probably all of y'all know, well, any group of humans coming together to do collective works. Work means that there's going to be complexity, there's going to be personality issues. There's going to be like oh conflicts that the work is going to take much longer and and it will be that the products what comes out of it will be all the richer for it for the diversity of thought and perspectives and life experiences. And then of course, is the broader community. We know those folks who have received grants from us or who are interested in receiving grants. We're connected to them via the ground making convenings we did a learning series, some technical assistance. Yeah. And then of course, be Yamba and all over that is context context. The fact that we're living in a time when it seems like the whole world is going through this process of awakening of veils being lifted or recognizing how close to the precipice of unraveling we are and then our individualistic sense of comfort and security have been challenged in heartbreaking ways and we can no longer we can no longer afford to hold on to the to the notion that we're not intimately interconnected, because we know that we are and so the philanthropic sector of course has also been going through this type of awakening as well, maybe more and more of them waking up from this haze of complacency and comfort, moving towards the realization that perhaps they too have been complicit in exacerbating the inequities. That they are so invested in remedying, supposedly. And so this work, the trust based philanthropy, more foundations looking at philanthropic at participatory grantmaking is a byproduct of that sort of awakening and soul searching I would say.
And so of course, I want to say that I am not. Was it neutral? I am very, very biased. In telling this story. I took on this work. I'm an independent consultant and took on this work of project management because I know these folks, a lot of the unifying, counseled people, a lot of the grantees I've known for my you know, 20 plus years of doing Immigrant Justice work in North Carolina and so this is my new way of helping support this work in this sort of liaison bridge building role, and I will say that this role is has been and I think will will be key to the success of this collaborative is having somebody who could speak those two languages, literally and figuratively, right and who can go into community and speak from lived experience and somebody who could, you know, speak the philanthropic jargon when it is required. And so it's taken a lot of research and listening and relationship building. And clarifying and read clarifying and making mistakes and you know, we're adjusting along the way, but so far, we've been able to pull two points, more than $2.5 million just over for this fund, and we've distributed $1,683,500 in grants, we're in the midst of our third grant making round and we offer two year general operating grants. We have very broad strategies intentionally, all of them aiming at this notion of power buildings. So power building in the Latin X community in North Carolina, which in our perspective, very much includes cultural work and Healing Justice as a way of building power as a way of helping us remember our own divinity right. In this work and so, next slide is what participatory mate grant making means concretely, it means streamlined and simple application processes. Y'all know, we don't need any more complex grant applications please. All of the information available in Spanish and English. Most of the meetings took place in Spanish, y'all. And that's where, you know, again, being bilingual and bicultural in this role has came in real handy with simultaneous interpretation when needed because we had a couple of unifying counsel one unifying council member who was English only. Now they're all bilingual accompaniments. I love that word by project manager. So lots of calls lots of emails of folks trying to figure out these processes, realistic and simple reporting requirements and I know Jason knows a lot about this given all of their own evolutions with the reporting requirements, calibrating our expectations for what impact would look like and how it would be documented. So pushing back on the like, you know, the foundations that were stuck in this these outdated like, you know, show me exactly what the money you know, letting that go, and that funders understood their roles and strong champions and not necessarily decision makers. And finally, but definitely equally important lightness, laughter, music, storytelling and reflecting the beauty and strength of our people all throughout, especially especially in the light of so much uncertainty and heartbreak that we are all experiencing. And so I'll end with this quote. From Lila Watson, which is one of my favorites. Next slide. If you have come here to help me you're wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mind and let us work together, this is Aboriginal wisdom that is still very, very relevant to our work. And I will say that in the 20 plus years that I've been working with around nonprofits and foundations, I've come to realize that good good intentions can only carry us so far. And so this moment in our human existence is requiring us to move away from good intentions into conscious action. And so more than that, it's compelling all of us who have expressed a commitment to equity to backup our words with some real follow through so this this time was performative wokeness has come and gone. What is required of us now is full hearted unabashed courage to challenge and dismantle anything that prevents our collective flourishing, who and that's what I want to share with you all. I'm gonna put a bunch of links in the chat for you and I'm happy to take any questions you might have. And we could do the Yeah, stop the screen share so we can see each other's faces. Oh, that's the land that I call home or it's the land collective, where I go to reground in times of uncertainty, so I hope you have a place like this that is your touchstone. Thank you so much.
Silica, that was amazing. It was just such a beautiful presentation beyond sort of like the content of like, what y'all are doing just how you grounded and walked us through it. So deep gratitude to you it is so clear, wouldn't ask that you are to that collaborative and the spirit that you bring helps that collaborative function, we've described it, but I feel like I could just take rest time saying nice things about you, but I'm gonna stop and see if your colleagues have questions or reflections about the way you're doing your work.
Oh, what kinds of grant the collaborative is making? Yeah, these are two year general operating grants. And again, very hands off as long as they meet the criteria. We did learn actually from the first RFP to our current grant making cycle to be very clear about our criteria. And so we include that in the RFP we include that in the application process, which is definitely you know, making sure that the organization is Latinx led and what that means to us, we prioritize organizations that have a budget of $500,000 or less, even though we fund organizations that have more than that, and so yeah, but two year general operating grants
like a thank you so much for your presentation. I resonated with most of what you shared. I'm currently leading the immigrant led organization fund. That's how's that mean initiatives, and we were functioning as a rapid response program for the last four years. The catalyst for that was we we had an influx of asylum seekers coming to Portland, Maine, and so really pivoted the fund to be able to be responsive, moving away from that now, and really looking for the community partners that I work with to inform the values the criteria of the fund. And so this fall, I'll be building an infrastructure to do that. So my question for you in terms of the Unified Council, so we have folks in the community, I'm from the community who wear multiple hats, right? So I've been thinking about creating a community advisory board that comprises you know, the many identities that exist there in terms of POC folks, asylum seekers, migrants and refugees. And I have had concerns about how to do that equitably. Ensuring that the voices that that tend to be invisible on in the process of grant making, in terms of also our institution and the funders collaborative terms of who they engage with are at the table. But I also recognize that those folks may also be applicants of the fund at some point. So I wonder like, how have you been able to navigate the fact that people wear multiple hats and have multiple identities in
Yeah, thank you. Yeah, and I will say that, we did start off by doing some rapid response because before the participatory grantmaking started, COVID came and so we had already pulled these funds and we were like, Okay, we gotta move some of this out the door. And so that happened before participatory grantmaking came into effect. So the unifying Council very concretely, they get $2,000 as an honorarium to participate in this year long process. For those that are full time employees of C threes, they can, you know, direct that to their organization, but it comes in real handy for those grassroots leaders that are doing this you know, after they've been working 40 5060 hours at their other jobs. And so that is very clear. We also know that the majority, if not all of them, would be applying for the grant. And we encourage that we expect that that encourage that and so with them, as we were, you know, generating our community agreements, we generated our conflict of interest policy. So what would that look like, you know, how do we disclose our conflicts of interest? How do these grants get considered along the way, and also, you know, keeping in mind that some of these people have known each other and have worked together for multiple years, so mostly, that's a good thing, but sometimes that is a challenge. And so keeping in mind again, relationship dynamics, as would be expected with any group of humans and that one of the learning series that we did was around conflict transformation because we kept seeing it like in little and big ways. How conflicts continue to become barriers to this work moving forward. And so we did a four part Conflict Transformation series, embracing conflict as a natural part of human dynamics and then helping us have some tools to move forward from that. So yeah, it's welcomed. But conflicts are welcome. Because again, that's, that's part of part
of being human.
Thank you. Oh, and so
the 2000 honorarium got adjusted because they started off at 1500. And when they realize the amount of work because for many of them, they had never done this before. We had a conversation and we adjusted it up. So
I feel like it's Kathleen, thank you so much. It's really great to hear the work that you're doing in such a bold way that you're leading in in partnership and working together with your nonprofit organizations and fully understand and validate and have experienced some of the challenges of participatory grantmaking and how rewarding it is at the end, but it's really it's really tough, as you said to navigate some of the it's the its people, its personalities, its people, its funder, power dynamics, its positioning, it's everything. And so I'm wondering, I'm sorry if I missed it in your in your discussion. Do you have like a facilitator? Is there a contracted independent facilitator that's navigating these conversations? You know, who, who's who's facilitating the dialogue? And what does that look like? Yeah,
so I've, I've been facilitating most of these dialogues. This is part of my role as project manager. And I mean, I'm a facilitator but that's what I do with my practice. And so I bring those skills to the collaborative for sure. Which is why it felt important for me to not have a vote, right, because again, I have my own relationships with these people. So I don't have a vote. I serve as facilitator for the unifying Council for the steering committee meetings. For the Learning Series. And for the conflict transformation workshop, I hired subcontracted other facilitators to come in and provide those trainings. But yeah, again, it has gotten me into trouble I will say because you know, one of the people on the unifying Council is a woman I've known for decades, who's a grandmother of 21 two grandchildren. Well, I have deep respect for she's my elder, and you know, how you facilitate a conversation, making sure that the difference is you know, not not necessarily inequitable, we'll say. So. Yeah. And I see who decides who to invite are people all associated with organizations. So when we first build the unifying Council, and I will say it's the same group of people so some people have transitioned positions or left the state and we've done a little bit of adjustment, but we made the decision to stick with the same group for continuity because there was so much work around laying the foundation and values and all of that. And so when we sent out the invitation, it was pretty, pretty broad who the invitation went to for them to apply. And so then they applied and with the steering committee, we helped select the group that would become the unifying Council, keeping in mind the fact that we wanted all three regions represented we wanted urban and rural represented we wanted established C threes and grassroots groups. So keeping in mind all of those criteria and they are all associated either with established organizations or groups. So like committed Popoola, which is the grassroots community groups.
Awesome, I think
we have time for one more question if there's any more. Right? If not, I think I'm just think Zuleika again, that was such an amazing presentation. Awesome work you're doing. I dropped the Lakers. email in the chat here. I'm sure she's very happy to engage. If any of y'all want to sort of reach out and sort of learn more about what they're doing. Or sort of think through some of the things you're considering your collaborative. So with that, I'll pivot to the last part of today's meeting, which is really about sort of like the network comment about 10 minutes, and then we'll sort of wrap up. So there's a few things that I wanted to share and then sort of open open a question to the group. So first is just sort of just everyone's on the same page confirming that for the 2022 23 grant cycle, we have made all of those grant determinations and grants this round we want to distributing 670,000 to 10 collaboratives. There's some variation in the grant amounts based on the amount that was raised locally, but they're more or less in a similar range is similar to sort of where we were last year. That grant period will take us through June of 2023. And then in the MO use, which almost everyone on the call that was a grantee, you'll have seen that the reports the midterm reports are due in February 1. And the final report will be due August 1. And there's also committed from juicer two months prior to those deadlines to get the updated reporting forms to you. You'll recall for those of you who have been grantees before, that is a two layered process. One is that there's this Google forum, and we set those up. They're available on a bilingual basis if needed. I think North Carolina I think Colorado has taken advantage of this in the past. So we can make this available for your grantees and the idea is we add you as a coordinator of the form so all the responses come in in an aggregate fashion and can see them and then that data is then inputted into the survey monkey, which is the coordinator report. Over the last couple years we've really tried to pare down how much we asked whether there's still some baseline level information and really will, you know, continue to try to streamline what is gathered, and hopefully you found the grant application process this year. A letter lifts because I think it asks for one paragraph about sort of what you're going to do. So hopefully that was seen as a as an easier entry point. So that's kind of where we are for the grant making process. You all know that this is going to be the final year of GTD in its current iteration. And so there's a couple of things that are going to be happening moving forward. The first is that we are engaging in in the learning and evaluation process about DHCD certainly predates myself that actually predates almost all of the juicer staff at this point. It's been going on for about 10 years. And so we want to learn from that. Make sure that we capture and memorialize the successes, challenges learnings from DOD for a couple reasons. One is to inform future grant making process projects that we may engage in but then also Flint more generally, in two we want to generate sort of a report that kind of celebrates the accomplishments in the network that may be useful to you as collaborators and doing sort of promotion to other funders that you might want to try to bring in to support your work as a as a member of the network. So there were there's actually a consulting opportunity that we had posted just closed on Friday. And so right now we're in the process of reviewing applications and we'll be moving forward that soon. So if you're curious, I dropped it in the chat there you can see sort of how we started describe the valuation learning process. And the expectation is by the end of the year will help produce a report and hold a sort of funder briefing for philanthropy to learn about this network what was achieved what was done, and again, something hopefully all can draw on moving forward. The second thing that is happening is we want to think about how juicer might be illustrated draw in our grant making experience and also the fact that funders, national funder interest sort of waned in DOD spend 10 years and you know, people transition priority shift, but we don't want to lose the the knowledge and capacity to sort of support grant making in the community. So we're going to be aging in a planning process to think about what a future program might look like.
It's sort of not sort of like DOD, 2.0 and 3.0. But it'll draw on the lessons from DOD, it'll draw on the lessons from the California dignity for families fund. My colleagues IV in Cairo, have been leading draw on the California Resilience Fund, which were previously sort of administered so that will be sort of happening in the latter part of this year into early next year. And our expectation or hope is that by the spring of 2023, we'll have a sort of a vision or proposal we can bring to some national funders, or other funders about a new way. To engage with philanthropy to support emerge refugees and asylum seekers. At this point, it's really way too early to sort of say what that will look like, but just sort of sharing about sort of the process that we anticipate going through. The other piece that I wanted to mention is when I said at the q1 meeting, that God was going to be sunsetting for the reasons I already mentioned. There was some there was not a lot of surprise, I was thinking like, okay, like, kind of kind of knew maybe it was sort of heading in the direction in that last year or two. I had sort of previewed for folks that sort of our national funding levels have gone down. So one of the things they did here in that meeting, there was a desire to sort of continue coming together to community for peer learning and sharing. My opponent kind of like we had the policy presentation out and we had Lika share about her work. And, you know, I'll be interested to learn if that is something people, in fact want to do. And I'll just sort of make an observation in the moment that with the exception of one individual, everyone on this call is a grantee for this round. Right so the rest of the DLT network, which was not a grantee, this round, you know, could be scheduled, it could be whatever, but it's, it's an observation. So although there's there was sort of a stated interest in sort of coming together as in our learning capacity. It will necessarily evaluate how strong that interest is. Absent sort of the funding in sort of contract and relationship to be frank, that we sort of have with with the network. As part of the learning process. We will be asking to connect with some number of GOTV collaborative leads maybe folks on this call, maybe folks not and then also potentially thinking about ways to get in touch with some of the grantees maybe through a survey or something to sort of inform that learning, but also help us think about what if anything we do as GOTV absent sort of a funding component. So that I think those are sort of the updates I want to share about sort of where we are for this grant period and sort of where we are going forward in terms of learning and planning for something new. And yeah, so let me open up here for any questions or comments about any of these sort of a network updates.
Then would you speak to the criteria that you use or use to decide who to invite to apply for funding this year? My steering committee has asked me and I'd just like to report back to them.
Sure. So there was a there was a couple of things that we looked at. So one was whether a collaborative had sort of met criteria we actually established last year. One of the things that we'd seen happen is over time some of the funding collaborators shrunk in terms of the number of funders at the table, and some of them actually led by a single funder, and that's something we try to avoid. You know, although we also recognize in some geographies it's some some places are richer in sort of partnerships. One was, how new or collaborative was. Now there are a number of collaborative had been invited in to the juicer network over the last two to three years and so wanted to sort of help stabilize those collaboratives relative to some that might have been getting funding for the last seven or eight years. And then also, we looked at sort of the resources that we sort of understood to be available in certain geographies. Again, some are much more well resourced than others. We sort of looked a little bit sort of the density of immigrants in the sort of regions that the clouds are serving. And we also looked at collaboratives that actively sought support in the last round. Some folks sort of self selected out either they weren't sure ready to do another grant making rounds or otherwise. So it's sort of like a mix of factors you looked at in terms of who to invite to imply, I would say of all the groups that were ready to buy, all of them applied, and were funded with the exception of one group that because where they were in terms of their local table when it's ready to apply for the for this current round.
Thank you. Rachel,
Kevin, thank Thank you. First of all, it's been amazing for us to be a part of this collaborative since 2014. And I think I'm really interested to see the growth of each of the collaborative, like the different iterations that they've gone through. I know we've gone through some transformative changes in terms of what we initially started off with, where we evolve to COVID. And then, you know, the the iteration while we're still in the pandemic, you know, and what that looks like. But I know that this has been this collaborative has been pretty vital to us in terms of keeping us on pulse with what's happening nationally. And so I know that that we would would definitely be interested in continuing to have a part in the peer to peer or just some form of continuing our education and knowledge about what's happening in you know, in different spaces and also letting people know what's happening here on the ground and in Colorado, as well.
Thank you for sharing that. Rachel. Actually, that you mentioned something when I mentioned first of all, let's say if there's a critical mass of folks that want to come together to continue learning in whatever profession that looks like, we will do it. And the question is just as that does that critical mass exist, and that's part of what we hope to learn through the learning process and evaluation process. The second thing I'd mentioned is how you heard from my colleague earlier, Kyra Mendez, who is our Director of State and local programs. He has been engaged in essentially a listening tour around the country this year to help inform juicers regional strategy, if you will, moving forward for a long time. A lot of juicers energy and effort was focused in California, that's where our staff was. A lot of foundations were the largest immigrant publisher in the country. And we've been more intentionally over the years moving to think more deeply about how we engage in different regions. And so Kyra will be helping us think about what that looks like and it may overlap with some of the regions y'all are currently working in. So just wanted to name that so yeah, so I know we're at time here and you know, tech here to help other folks might have means they have to go to as well. So I'll say you'll have my information. If you have questions, comments, feedback, let me know if you're able, and you're sort of reached out to by consultant to sort of share feedback about God would above if that's something you just fit in. And then finally I'll just flag if you thought the presentation this morning was interesting about the Afghan Adjustment Act. We're doing a webinar next Wednesday other items in our policy agenda for state, national and local levels. So I invite you to look at our website and sign up for that.
So I see
Allison Johnson coming in here. Thank you.
Thank you all.
Thanks again to Leica for your presentation adequate step up that has been from his end, and hope you all have a great rest of your afternoon. And like I said, feel free to be in touch with any questions or comments