Past & Current Grants

WKF (The Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund) is a donor-advised charitable giving fund located at Fidelity Charitable Giving. We do not accept unsolicited proposals or respond to inquiries soliciting donations. As of the end of 2016 we have concluded 7 years of giving. With an initial endowment of $2.7million, we have awarded 135 grants with a total accruing to $4million. Some of the grants and gifts we have given from this fund and other resources are as follows:

To learn more about any of these organizations click on their name below:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU) —Support for advocacy for immigrant rights. $15,000

  • Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte (AMEXCAN) —Support for youth community service/learning program. $10,000.

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus —2016 support for broadening services to help youth and adults apply for DACA. $20,000.

  • Building Skills Partnership (BSP) —for support use of its best-practice model of working with immigrant households to create a college-going culture and workforce readiness skills to improve opportunities for undocumented immigrants to apply for DACA relief. $40,000.

  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) —2016 support for additional legal services re DACA and naturalization. $18,500.

  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) —for support dissemination of best practices for helping immigrants apply for DACA or DAPA by providing comprehensive services to help assure they can complete their application and move on toward full integration into U.S. society. $15,000.

  • Centro Binacional de Desarollo Indigena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) —General support; Specific support for "12 familias" ethnographic research project on lives of indigenous and other Mexican immigrant families in Fresno County. $185,000.

  • Centro Binacional de Desarollo Indigena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) —2016 support for reporting on El Futuro es Nuestro program. $280,150.

  • Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM) —2016 support for continued services to H2A workers and other migrants. $48,000.

  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) —Preparation of a policy brief with an analysis of "future flow" policy options for immigration reform legislation and proposed framework (NAVA) incorporating a genuinely market-driven approach and pathway to citizenship for future foreign-workers. Dissemination of the paper. $30,000.

  • Community Technology Network of the Bay Area (CTN) —Support for inter-generational program of youth volunteers providing computer literacy coaching to community members - to strengthen existing technology training resources, foster new computer skills and the ability to deploy them effectively to meet their specific objectives; and for program development. $129,000.

  • "Define American," through a grant to Public Interest Projects —Support for distribution and promotion of Jose Antonio Vargas' film, Define American. $10,000.

  • Education and Leadership Foundation (ELF) —2016 Support for CVIIC (Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative) to help foster services to immigrants throughout the Central Valley to improve their and their families’ lives. $170,000.

  • Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) —General support for E4FC and for the Ph.D. (pre-Health DREAMers) project. PHD provides information, advice, and peer counseling to help undocumented students interested in health careers to go on to graduate school, coupled with outreach and collaboration with universities seeking to become more immigrant-friendly. $70,000.

  • Farmworker Justice (FJ) —Support for advocacy regarding the distinctive challenges farmworkers face in securing DACA or DAPA and coordination with other groups involved in planning for implementation of administrative relief. $160,000.

  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) —Support for a information sharing and advocacy on behalf of undocumented Immigrants. Funding in 2014-15 supported a workshop by documentary photographer David Bacon at GCIR's biennial convention in the summer of 2014. $16,000.

  • Immigrant Legal Services Center (ILRC) —2016 Support additional legal services and training in conjunction with Fresno CVIIC initiatives. $923,000.

  • Institute for Local Government (ILG) —2016 Support to work with local government to prepare for the 2020 Census by partnering with grassroots organizations to update the Census Bureau’s list of addresses in their community. $45,000.

  • La Clinica de la Raza —Continued support for counseling and mental health services for teenagers traumatized by personal experiences during immigration and integration into US society. $175,000.

  • La Raza-Centro Legal —Continued support for Immigrant Nation--a project collecting immigrant narratives and disseminating them via a multi-media platform, media events, and documentary video. $35,000.

  • Latino Community Foundation (LCF) —Support for LCF to work with the Community Technology Network (CTN) to enhance their assistance to Latino families related to accessing on-line resources, and effectively using them to improve their lives. $40,000.

  • Liberty Hill Foundation —Support for Cal Dream Scholarship fund to provide scholarship and counseling support to DREAMers; and small specific grant to Inner-City Struggle. $135,000.

  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) —Support for the Immigrant Youth Scholarship Fund (DREAM Summer 2012). $24,000.

  • Migration Policy Institute (MPI) —2016 support for policy analysis to advance immigrants’ equitable access to workforce skills development programs funded via WIOA. $45,000.

  • Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena —Support for a community celebration of Triqui culture and outreach efforts to build community awareness of Triqui music, dance, and crafts. $2,500.

  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC) —Continued support for expert analysis of key legal issues related to DACA and DAPA, ongoing efforts to assure that agency guidelines for deferred action are practical and flexible, and ongoing efforts to assure that immigrants' initial steps onward and upward as a result of deferred action lead toward full social, economic, and civic integration. $190,000.

  • National Skills Coalition (NSC) —2016 support to foster WIOA (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act) access and effective services to immigrants and others who speak English as a second language and/or are limited in educational preparation. $67,000.

  • Not in Our Town (NIOT) —Continued general support, and, in 2014-15, support for initial production work in developing a documentary and social media campaign to address the problems confronted by communities such as Ferguson, MO. $160,000.

  • Pacific News Service/New American Media (NAM) —General support for news and public affairs reporting on immigrants and immigration policy, Support to foster youth reporting skills. $146,000.

  • Proteus —Support for a pilot proect, co-funded with Unbound Philanthropy, to provide a pathway to individuals without documentation who might quality for DACA if they had a high school credential or were enrolled in a vocational pathway. This project focuses on lower educated individuals to jumpstart their and their families' well-being. Thus the model is a rich one, bundling tutoring and counseling to assist in guiding people through the education and DACA application process, and their next steps after completion. $60,000.

  • Radio Bilingue —2016 funding to support programming related to immigrant integration issues. $405,000.

  • Stanford University Board of Trustees —Support for scholarships for students graduating from the East Palo Alto Academy. $16,000.

  • The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) —General support for Fair Food Campaign work to improve farmworker wages and working conditions, as well as leadership development. $82,000.

  • Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA) —Support for expanded DACA outreach and immigrant integration economic support. $8,000.

  • UCLA Downtown Labor Center (through the California Community Foundation and Regents of UCLA) —Continued support for DREAM Summer 2014, 2015, and 2016. $179,000.

  • University of California, Santa Cruz Foundation —Support for summer internships for Center for Latino and Latin American Studies students working to build immigrant civic engagement in the San Joaquin Valley. $25,000.

  • USF Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic —Support for legal services for Central American refugees who live in California’s Central Valley. $10,000.

  • Welcoming America —Support for technical assistance to municipalities and counties to help them prepare for the 2020 Census by partnering with grassroots organizations to submit better information on low-visibility housing to the Census Bureau. $10,000.