"Our goal is to make certain that hard-working, tax-paying immigrant families achieve the American Dream of economic self-sufficiency and individual liberty, as well as ensuring that immigrants enjoy basic human rights , freedom to hope and freedom from fear," said Lisa Versaci, director of Knight's National Venture Fund, which oversees the fund.
"Through the American Dream Fund, we want to ensure that organizations servicing immigrants in Knight communities have the operating support they need to increase civic participation and also are part of a broad national effort to affect policy change," said Versaci
The fund will be administered by Public Interest Projects
, New York-based philanthropy advisers with a deep expertise in the area of immigration.Knight's
local advisory committees will recommend potential grantees for the fund.