WKF News

The WKF Fund has sought to support grassroots organizations working to make their neighborhoods better, to make immigrant advocacy and advocacy for low income and marginalized people more powerful, and to collaborate with our grantees and community activists to enhance their ability to make their voices heard in the never-ending quest for sound social policy.

Deconstructing the Department of Justice’s ‘Urgent Need’ for a Census 2020 Question on Citizenship

Posted on Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) website at the University of Southern California, June 6, 2018. The CSII Immigrant Integration Wire blog aims to provoke thought, inspire action, and present relevant research and community perspectives that add value to the public discourse on immigrant integration in America. Ed Kissam has posted 3 blogs there, explaining the reasons for our and others' strong opposition to the citizenship question the Department of Commerce wants to add to the decennial census.


2018 Governors Award

Recently (11 April 2018) WKF was recognized by California Governor’s Office—We are surprised, delighted, humble, and proud—all at once—to announce that we’ve been selected as the recipient of the Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award for Foundation of the Year for 2018.

Space was limited, so we only were able to bring 4 of our grantees with us to join in the celebration (in alphabetical order of the Organization name) – Estela Hernandez (CBDIO), Jesus Martinez-Saldaῆa and Eleazar Valdez (CVIIC), Hugo Morales (Radio Bilingΰe), and Angel Ku (PreHealthDreamers/E4FC),

But we also were able to submit pictures and audio from a number of others of our grantees showing their clients and the work they do, that the Governors Office for Volunteers had made into a video about WKF. The award gave us the opportunity to review and become moved all over again by the significance and efficacy of the work our grantees do – creating positive changes in individual lives and the ability of families and individuals to move their lives to another level; and positive changes in communities.


Check out the video of some of our work
(Made by the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism)


We invite you to join with us in this work, both because we believe strongly in the efficacy and worthiness of our grantees and their work; and because funds are necessarily limited.

Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund is a donor-advised fund at Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund (Fidelity Charitable), an independent public charity that sponsors a donor-advised fund program. Contributions are made to Fidelity charitable and all grant recommendations are made at the discretion of the Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund’s advisors. Should you wish to contribute, that would be great!

  • Contributions should be made via check, with the checks made out to: the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund with “Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund #1031644” in the memo field,
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