The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Immigrant Integration in Northern New England

This project brought together funders, practitioners and community leaders to learn about the opportunities and implications of immigration and demographic change and to explore grant making opportunities in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. We published educational materials about immigration integration practice in a variety of sectors including health, the workforce, education and economic well-being. We sponsored, designed and organized free learning opportunities and briefings in partnership and consultation with local and regional funders, community-based leaders and national organizations. 

Fact sheets on immigration and demographic change in Northern New England:

Resources from the Northern New England learning sessions on Immigrant Integration


On May 23, 2018, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with The Vermont Community Foundation and many outstanding Vermont community partners and members, held Bridging Vermont's Opportunity Gap: An Immigrant Integration Learning Session for Funders and Community Leaders in Burlington, Vermont. In this workshop, leaders came together to learn about the changing demographics in Vermont, heard from experts about how they are creating and sustaining welcoming communities for all residents, discussed funder collaboration for an inclusive and equitable Vermont, and learned from funders how they are creating national and regional strategies to counter increasing threats to safety and well-being for immigrants.

On October 20, 2016, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with the Maine Health Access Foundation, the NH-based Endowment for Health, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Maine Community Foundation, and Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, sponsored Community-Engaged Grantmaking: Putting Immigrant Integration into Practice. The event provided the opportunity for Northern New England Funders and Philanthropic Advisors to hear from and interact with local community leaders with the goal of informing grantmaking strategies for maximum integration. Case studies and national scale best practices were discussed to further understanding on the topic. This event was designed as a follow-up to the Funders Briefing on June 3, 2016.

On June 3, 2016, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with the NH-based Endowment for Health and the national organization, GCIR, sponsored Strategies for a Changing Northern New England: A Funders Briefing. The event brought together funders and community and nonprofit leaders in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine to learn about demographic trends and explore opportunities and challenges related to growing cultural diversity.