McKnight Supports Democratic Participation in 3rd-Quarter Grants

Thursday, October 1, 2020

More than 23 million immigrants in the United States are eligible to vote in this year’s presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. This record high makes up roughly 10 percent of the nation’s overall electorate. The question is how many of these naturalized citizens will vote this fall. Immigrants face significant barriers to voting such as language differences, fear of authorities, voting logistics, and lack of trusted information on the candidates and issues.

Across the political spectrum, a growing number of people agree that a healthy democracy depends on the full participation of all Americans. In its third-quarter grantmaking, the McKnight Foundation awarded 42 grants totaling $4.3 million. Of that sum, $150,000 will go to CAPI USA, headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, for general operating support to empower new immigrants and refugees and increase civic engagement. To view the full list of approved third-quarter grants, visit the foundation's grants database.