Fundraising Campaign Background
The Latino Community Foundation in partnership with LAM, a Latino social network, launched a social fundraising campaign to support Latino students who are applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. This program grants young immigrants protection from deportation and provides them with work permits for at least two years. The Bay Area alone has roughly 50,000 eligible individuals.
Funds raised through the campaign were distributed among three Bay Area organizations:
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
E4FC’s mission is to support undocumented students in achieving their academic and career goals and actively contributing to society. Frustrated by the lack of progress on DREAM Act legislation, two California teachers started Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) in 2006. E4FC provides direct support and advocacy including scholarships, Dreamer intake services, legal advice, professional and personal development workshops, creative expression, and a strong peer network for undocumented students. Funds raised through the campaign went to the creation of a new fund that supports recently approved DACA students with their academic and career goals.
Mission Asset Fund
Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is an award-winning organization that expands access to financial services, savings, and investment opportunities for low-income communities by working with nonprofits to facilitate credit building loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. As a response to the new Deferred Action policy, MAF created a Lending Circle for Dreamers that will help them borrow money, build credit, and save one-third of the $465 fee to apply. Funds raised through the campaign went to support the MAF lending circle model.
Centro Legal de La Raza
Founded in 1969, Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, community organizing and advocacy. In response to the new Deferred Action policy, Centro Legal is offering discounted legal services for those that qualify and free comprehensive legal service fairs to thousands of young people. Funds raised through the campaign went to support additional legal services for low-income Latino youth.