(New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice/Fernando Lopez)
- Unbound Philanthropy is a private grantmaking foundation formed in 2003.
- We work to ensure that migrants and refugees are valued, treated with respect, and are able to build relationships of mutual engagement with their new communities.
- We have offices in New York and London and make grants throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
- Our current strategic priority areas include: Legal rights and protections, Immigrant integration, and Building public understanding.
- Our funding comes from the Foundation’s two founders, who are private donors.
- From 2005 to 2016, we awarded $61.2 million in 523 grants.
- We take a collaborative and non-partisan approach in everything we do. We do not support political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation.
- We practice transparency: our most recent financial statements can be found here and a list of our grantees and details of our grantmaking process can be found here.
FAQs about our grantmaking:
Does Unbound accept unsolicited proposals?
No, unfortunately because of our limited staff capacity to consider unsolicited proposals, grant proposals are by invitation only.
How does Unbound decide which grants to award?
Unbound aims to ensure that migrants and refugees are valued, treated with respect, and are able to build relationships of mutual engagement with their new communities. We are currently implementing a strategic plan for 2014-2018. Our strategic focus areas include: legal rights and protections, immigrant integration, and building public understanding. See Our Focus page for more details.
What does Unbound not fund?
Unbound does not generally fund the following:
- Organizations based in regions other than the US or UK;
- Production of films;
- Endowments, buildings or fundraising drives;
- Direct service programs except those that help individuals apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the US.
- Educational scholarships.
We do not support political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation.
Where does Unbound fund?
Unbound Philanthropy makes grants in two geographic regions, the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United States, we generally do not fund local projects except in Hawaii and Arizona.
How much money does the Foundation award each year?
In 2016, we awarded $5,668,250 in US grants and £2,557,000 in UK grants.
How many grants does the Foundation award?
In 2016, we awarded 44 grants in the US and 23 in the UK.
Who are Unbound’s grantees?
For a list of the grantees, please click here.
How does Unbound measure its impact?
We are implementing a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) framework to measure our impact, and to inform our strategy and its implementation. We partner with evaluation consultants Learning for Action to carry out our ME+L work.
Does Unbound receive government funding and any other donations?
No. Private foundations like Unbound act independently of any private business or government. We receive no government support for the work that we do.
Does Unbound fund direct services?
As a general rule, we do not fund direct services. However, in the US, we support outreach and application assistance projects aimed at maximizing the number of immigrants who benefit from the DACA program. Our funding focuses on a small number of states with limited philanthropic resources, as well as under-represented populations that include women, Asian Americans, and black immigrants.
In the UK, we have funded and would fund services when in pursuit of research, strategic litigation or advocacy outcomes. We also seek to fund as close to core as possible, which for small organizations may involve casework or frontline services. However, we are not primarily a funder of services.