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In 2013, Unbound began making a small number of grants to organizations working locally in New York, managed by Unbound staff whose daily jobs are not focused on grantmaking. The budget is relatively small for our “Good Neighbor” grantmaking, but the dollars go a long way for these grassroots organizations, and our staff gain firsthand experience in selecting grantees, making site visits, and managing grants. We are now at the early stages of establishing a branch of our Good Neighbor grantmaking program in Hawaii. This program will be less focused on Unbound staff education—as we do not have staff located in Hawaii—and more focused on supporting immigrants’ rights in Hawaii. We have identified, with key stakeholders, four priority areas for immigrants’ rights in Hawaii: improving state and local policies; protecting legal rights and holding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office accountable; increasing DACA applications; and addressing challenges faced by migrants from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. Expanding advocacy capacity will also be essential to improving conditions for newcomers in Hawaii. To date, we have made one grant in there, and are exploring our next steps.

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