Immigrant Rights Fund Advisory Council

In 2021, Brooklyn Community Foundation adopted a participatory grantmaking approach across all of our unrestricted grantmaking programs. Guided by our belief that those who are closest to the challenges are closest to the solutions, we center residents with lived experience and expertise as key decisionmakers in reviewing grant proposals, conducting site visits, and selecting nonprofits for funding.

Our Immigrant Rights Fund Advisory Council is made up of fourteen Brooklynites who have personally experienced or come from a household that has experienced an immigration status other than U.S. citizen. Our advisors have origins that span the world and bring their diverse personal and professional experiences to the council, working alongside our Programs staff to inform our overall strategy and distribute $400,000 in grants annually through our Immigrant Rights Fund.

Uchechukwu Onwa
Uchechukwu Onwa, Co-Director and Organizing Coordinator at the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, a 2021-22 Immigrant Rights Fund grantee partner.