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MoveOn Civic Action — Syrian Refugee Advocacy

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To support advocacy on behalf of Syrian refugees.
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Grant investigator: Alexander Berger

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Civic Action staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended that Cari Tuna personally contribute $375,000 to Civic Action to support advocacy on behalf of Syrian refugees. Civic Action, a 501(c)(4) organization focused on nonpartisan education and advocacy, used these funds to advocate to Congress against reductions in the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S.

This grant falls within our focus area of immigration policy, one of our focus areas within U.S. policy. In the past, our immigration policy work has not focused much on refugee resettlement, which we had assumed would be more crowded than other aspects of immigration policy with funders aimed at supporting increased opportunities for people to move to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons. While we continue to believe that is directionally correct, our increased interest in supporting advocacy around refugee resettlement is partially based on learning more about the fairly limited foundation funding for advocacy around refugee resettlement.