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SCG joins 25 Philanthropic Leaders in Commitment to California Communities in Light of Public Charge Final Rule

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

What is Public Charge?

Earlier this month, the Administration finalized the decision to broaden the definition and effect of the public-charge rule—a term used in immigration law to refer to a person who is primarily dependent on the government and inadmissible to the United States. Under the new rule, participation in federal programs such as Medicaid, food assistance, and federally subsidized housing will deny immigrants permanent residency or visas. Moreover, the finalized changes inflict significant harms on children and families, depart from longstanding immigration practice related to public charge, and place a new, extraordinary burden on the charitable sector. Unless a federal court issues an order preventing the regulations from going into effect, the new rule will take effect on October 15, 2019.  

Our Action

SCG is committed to making a difference in our communities; therefore, we joined 25 other philanthropic leaders in signing a letter urging state and local policymakers in California to continue to support immigrant families.

SCG stands with immigrant families—against harmful federal immigration policies.

Philanthropic leaders
  • Bigglesworth Family Foundation 
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation 
  • California Community Foundation 
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation 
  • East Bay Community Foundation 
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Latino Community Foundation 
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Northern California Grantmakers 
  • S. Mark Taper Foundation 
  • San Diego Grantmakers 
  • Sierra Health Foundation 
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation 
  • Southern California Grantmakers 
  • Stein Early Childhood Development Fund 
  • Stupski Foundation 
  • Sunlight Giving 
  • The California Endowment 
  • The California Health Care Foundation 
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation 
  • The Grove Foundation 
  • The Health Trust 
  • The San Francisco Foundation 
  • van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation 
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund 
  • Weingart Foundation 
  • Y & H Soda Foundation 


The letter was sent to seven policymakers and aims to continue an important dialogue between philanthropy and government about our continued efforts to protect children and families.


  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Board of Supervisors – County of Santa Clara
  • Board of Supervisors – City and County of San Francisco
  • Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations Interim Director Mike González
  • San Francisco County Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs Executive Director Adrienne Pon




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