Funding Immigrant Organizations: Suburban Free Riding and Local Civic Presence

TitleFunding Immigrant Organizations: Suburban Free Riding and Local Civic Presence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
Authorsde Graauw E., Gleeson S., Bloemraad I.
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Date PublishedJul
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0002-9602
Accession NumberWOS:000326699500004
Keywordsadvocacy, community-based organizations, los-angeles, metropolitan-areas, new-york, nonprofit organizations, Organizations, policy, social construction, spatial assimilation, united-states

The authors argue that taken-for-granted notions of deservingness and legitimacy among local government officials affect funding allocations for organizations serving disadvantaged immigrants, even in politically progressive places. Analysis of Community Development Block Grant data in the San Francisco Bay Area reveals significant inequality in grants making to immigrant organizations across central cities and suburbs. With data from 142 interviews and documentary evidence, the authors elaborate how a history of continuous migration builds norms of inclusion and civic capacity for public-private partnerships. They also identify the phenomenon of suburban free riding to explain how and why suburban officials rely on central city resources to serve immigrants, but do not build and fund partnerships with immigrant organizations in their own jurisdictions. The analysis affirms the importance of distinguishing between types of immigrant destinations, but argues that scholars need to do so using a regional lens.