Four Freedoms Fund: A Pioneering Foundation Partnership Advocates for Immigrants

Carnegie Corporation of New York



Although foundations aren’t known for joining forces, in some circumstances partnership more than pays off. A good example is the Four Freedoms Fund, launched in 2003 to energize American democracy by actively supporting and engaging the country’s newcomers. Its founding members, Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, national funders who had all been working individually on behalf of immigrants, took the unprecedented step of combining their funds and developing a joint strategy to support immigrant advocacy at the state and local level.



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