About the Funders


The Founding Sponsors of the New Americans Campaign

Six national foundations have joined in an unprecedented collaboration to support the nonpartisan New Americans Campaign to help modernize naturalization assistance in the United States and help more legal permanent immigrants become U.S. citizens.

The consortium has so far committed more than $20 million to the project. Founding sponsors of the New Americans Campaign are: The Carnegie Corporation of New York; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Grove Foundation; Open Society Foundations and The JPB Foundation.

“As individual grant makers with our own distinctive institutional histories of funding in this area, we decided that we had to not only strategize together but also work in close concert in order to gain traction and impact in the area of citizenship.”
- Geri Mannion, Program Director, U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund at Carnegie Corporation of New York

“You need to be a citizen to be fully engaged in your community. But more than just increase the numbers of New Americans, our goal is to fundamentally change how the system of naturalization assistance works, through more innovation and more collaboration among the non-profits, businesses and other organizations that help legally qualified residents make it through the journey of citizenship.”
- Damian Thorman, Program Director of New Initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

“The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is committed to finding ways to ensure that immigrants can contribute their full talents and voices to the cause of keeping our communities and our country moving forward. We are delighted to be working with The New Americans Campaign to help more legal permanent immigrants become U.S. citizens. It’s time to remove the barriers that keep so many immigrants from participating fully in the American experience.”
- Cathy Cha, Senior Program Officer for Immigrant Rights at Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

“We are involved with the New Americans Campaign to help foster new ideas that will improve the naturalization process around the country. This vital service has been delivered the same way for years – at too high a cost and too slowly. Together we are now driving innovation that will make our partners more efficient and deliver streamlined services to our newest citizens.”
- Leslie Dorosin, Immigrant Program Director at The Grove Foundation

“When more people share in the privileges and civic responsibilities of our country, we all benefit from their contributions. Citizenship helps immigrants become more educated, economically secure, and politically engaged: necessary elements of any population in an open society.”

- Raquiba LaBrie, Director of the Equality and Opportunity Fund at the Open Society Foundations

If you are a funder and would like to learn more about the New Americans Campaign, please contact info@NewAmericansCampaign.org.

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has increased 1.5-fold the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites from year one to year two, through nearly 1,400 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 100,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families nearly $85 million in legal and application fees.
  • Almost 1,400 naturalization events hosted, including info sessions, trainings and group application workshops.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the Bethlehem Project (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with 26 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More