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Advocacy, Politics & Philanthropy: A Reflection on a Decade of Immigration Reform Advocacy

Resource type: Research Report

Innovation Network |

This Innovation Network report examines the impact and shares lessons from Atlantic’s $70.3 million effort between 2004 and 2014 to reform the U.S. immigration system.

Among the topics covered:

  • How the campaign unified multiple advocates behind an agenda focused on comprehensive federal reform.
  • The trade-offs between pushing for comprehensive reform and seeking incremental change.
  • The important role of strategic communications over the course of the campaign.
  • How significant and early funding attracted and inspired additional funders.
  • The power of 501(c)4 funding and how it helped to complement 501(c)3 activities.
  • How funding helped build leadership and critical anchor organizations.

One of the report’s conclusions is that advocates “learned how to work together, and are on a trajectory of increasingly sophisticated, coordinated, and impactful advocacy at the local, state and national levels.”

Atlantic commissioned this report.

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Human Rights & Reconciliation, Immigration & Migration

Global Impact:

United States