Who We Are

Who We Are

Cristina Jimenez, Co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream, and a 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellow. (John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Welcoming newcomers. Strengthening communities.

Unbound Philanthropy is an independent private grantmaking foundation that works to ensure that migrants and refugees are treated with respect and engage with their new communities. We support pragmatic, innovative, and responsive approaches to immigration and immigrant integration in the United States and United Kingdom.

We are working to move the needle on issues of immigration, integration, and the well-being of receiving communities in both the short and long term.

Our vision

Our vision is a world where all people can enjoy a life free of barriers to their full economic, civic and cultural participation in society; realize their potential; and live peacefully alongside one another.  

We envision societies where newcomers and welcoming communities engage in relationships with one another with respect, compassion, fairness, and justice.

Read our full vision and mission statements

How we work

We make grants in the US and UK to organizations whose activities are strongly aligned with our mission, and which fit within our 2014-2018 Strategic Plan priorities

We take a collaborative and non-partisan approach in everything we do. We leverage funding available for grantees by working in partnership and collaboration with other funders.

Unbound Philanthropy’s founders believe our philanthropic role in creating social change is to take calculated risks, experiment, fill gaps strategically, and invest in learning along the way. These beliefs have strongly influenced Unbound Philanthropy’s approach, which is committed to supporting change for the long haul.

Learn more about our approach to grantmaking and co-funding.

We invest in a thoughtful balance of “tried and true” and innovative approaches. We build in time to reflect on how our grantmaking is delivering value, and where we and our partners are advancing positive change. 

Learn more about our Funder-Plus work

Our history

Unbound Philanthropy is a private grantmaking foundation formed in 2003. From 2003-2008, with a small grants budget, the Board made exploratory grants. In 2008, Unbound hired its first professional staff to develop programs, with an office in New York, to further our current mission. Between 2012 and 2014, Unbound increased its staff size, opened an office in London, and adopted a Strategic Plan for 2014-2018.