Non-profit

California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)

Website:

caimmigrant.org/

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Tax ID:

81-5304541

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $5,275,117
Expenses: $3,230,847
Assets: $7,041,070

Type:

Left-of-center policy think tank

President:

Cynthia Buiza

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California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a left-of-center think tank and advocacy organization that defends illegal immigrants. The center was founded as the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative in 1996 before rebranding as the California Immigrant Policy Center in 2018.

CIPC advocates for providing healthcare, unemployment benefits, tax credits, and taxpayer funded job training for illegal immigrants. The center also opposes deportation of illegal immigrants, including those who commit local and state crimes, and aim to ban state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal law enforcement to enforce immigration law.

The center is made up by a Steering Committee composed of 13 statewide organizations, 85 member organizations, and nine regional coalition partners. 1 CIPC is also a local affiliate of the National Immigration Law Center. 2 The center’s largest funders include the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the California Wellness Foundation, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.

History and Funding

California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) was founded as the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative in 1996 in reaction to Proposition 187, which attempted to ban illegal immigrants from accessing taxpayer-funded social services. 3 The group later rebranded as the California Immigrant Policy Center, gaining tax-exempt status under that name in 2018. 4

The center is made up by a Steering Committee composed of 13 statewide organizations, 85 member organizations, and nine regional coalition partners. 5 The board of directors for the center includes Marc Philpart, executive director of the California Black Freedom Fund. 6 CIPC is also a local affiliate of the National Immigration Law Center. 7

CIPC is funded by several major private and corporate foundations. In 2021, the center received a $400,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 8 The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has been a frequent sponsor of CIPC, issuing a total of $2,145,500 in grants to the center from 2018 to 2023. 9 The center received donations of $250,000 in 2018 and $200,000 in 2019 from Luminate. 10 CIPC has also received grants from the California Wellness Foundation ($750,000), the Blue Shield of California Foundation ($700,000), the Grove Foundation ($230,000), the James Irvine Foundation ($512,500), and the Heising Simons Foundation ($100,000). 11

Policy

California Immigrant Policy Center policy prescriptions cover a wide range of immigrant issues and focus on providing government benefits to illegal immigrants. The center advocates for universal access to government-run health care for all California residents regardless of immigration status or income level. 12

The center also advocates for non-health taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants, equal to and beyond those received by American citizens. CIPC supports providing unemployment benefits and the Earned Income Tax Credit to illegal immigrants, waiving the requirement for a Social Security Number for employment, forcing companies to alert immigrant workers if federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests information from them, and adopting extensive affirmative action programs. In addition, the center claims credit for securing $40 million in taxpayer funding for job training for immigrants as well as prioritizing illegal immigrants over native Californians in the California COVID-19 stimulus package. 13

CIPC also opposes the enforcement of immigration law. The center is a member of the “ICE Out of California” Coalition, which seeks to prevent federal immigration authorities from operating within the state and to prevent state and local police from turning over immigrant criminals to ICE for deportation. In addition, CIPC is a member of the “Check the Sherriff” coalition, with the goal of preventing local sheriffs from working with federal immigration law enforcement under threat of removal from office. The center supports Los Angeles being made a “sanctuary city.” 14

References

  1. “California Immigrant Policy Center 2021 Impact Report.” Issue Lab. January 27, 2022. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://search.issuelab.org/resource/california-immigrant-policy-center-2021-impact-report.html
  2. “California Advocacy and Research Organizations.” National Immigration Law Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/links/aro/calres/.
  3. “About Us.” California Immigrant Policy Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://caimmigrant.org/about-us/
  4. “California Immigrant Policy Center.” GuideStar. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-5304541
  5. “California Immigrant Policy Center 2021 Impact Report.” Issue Lab. January 27, 2022. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://search.issuelab.org/resource/california-immigrant-policy-center-2021-impact-report.html
  6. “Board of Directors.” California Immigrant Policy Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://caimmigrant.org/about-us/board-of-directors/
  7. “California Advocacy and Research Organizations.” National Immigration Law Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/links/aro/calres/.
  8. “California Immigrant Policy Center Inc.” David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.packard.org/grants-and-investments/grants-database/california-immigrant-policy-center-inc/
  9. “California Immigrant Policy Center: Grant Making History.” Haas Jr. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/california-immigrant-policy-center.
  10. “California Immigrant Policy Center.” Luminate Group. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.luminategroup.com/investee/california-immigrant-policy-center
  11. “California Immigrant Policy Center.” CauseIQ. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://www.causeiq.com/organizations/california-immigrant-policy-center,815304541/
  12. “Health4All.” California Immigrant Policy Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://caimmigrant.org/what-we-do/policy/health-public-benefits/health4all-bill/
  13. “Economic Justice.” California Immigrant Policy Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://caimmigrant.org/what-we-do/policy/economic-justice/
  14. “Fighting Mass Detention and Deportation.” California Immigrant Policy Center. Accessed December 22, 2023. https://caimmigrant.org/what-we-do/policy/fighting-mass-detention-deportation/
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 2018

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $5,275,117 $3,230,847 $7,041,070 $573,154 N $5,267,360 $0 $7,757 $162,055
    2020 Dec Form 990 $3,387,210 $3,665,904 $4,985,209 $561,563 N $3,377,757 $0 $9,453 $156,126
    2019 Dec Form 990 $4,510,891 $3,922,341 $4,943,877 $241,537 N $4,500,444 $0 $10,447 $148,931 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $6,428,775 $2,314,985 $4,346,203 $232,413 Y $6,424,879 $0 $3,896 $74,957 PDF

    California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)

    634 S. Spring St.
    Suite 600A
    Los Angeles, CA 90014