Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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New Americans in Los Angeles County: The Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the County

December 16, 2021

New research from New American Economy underscores the crucial role immigrants in Los Angeles County play as essential workers, economic contributors, and business owners. This report was prepared in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). It also features profiles of two Los Angeles residents: Lizbeth Garcia and Emanel Noreza. The report was produced as part of NAE's and Welcoming America's Gateways for Growth Challenge, which includes tailored research on the local immigrant population and/or technical assistance in the creation of a multi-sector strategic immigrant integration plan.

Organizations Focused On Immigrant Civic Participation Encourage Immigrants To Be Part of the Broader Community

December 29, 2006

The first year evaluation report on the Immigrant Participation & Immigration Reform (IPIR) initiative tells a story of human and social development -- newcomers joining and strengthening the democracy-among immigrants whose institutions engage them in organizational self-governance, leadership opportunities, and democratic civic activity. Indeed, evidence suggests that it is the quality of these organizations that draws immigrants into participation: Sixty-three percent of respondents said that one of their major motivations to be active in the community was that "I like being a part of an organization that does good work."

Civic Engagement; Coalition Building & Collaboration; Research & Evaluation