Inside Philanthropy Profiles NAC Funder Andy Grove

As part of their guide to the top technology philanthropists, the outlet Inside Philanthropy profiled Andy Grove, the man  who heads one of the foundation partners supporting the New Americans Campaign.

For a lot of the foundations that support the New Americans Campaign, the work of helping people reach citizenship has personal ties:

A survivor of the Holocaust, the Hungarian Revolution, prostate cancer, and living with Parkinson’s disease, much of [Andy] Grove’s giving hits close to home…research and immigration and refugee issues.

For Andy Grove, who was born to a Hungarian Jewish family in 1936, and who had to flee to Austria and eventually the United States in 1956, the issue of immigration and refugees is personal.

His foundation has committed over $1.2 million to the International Rescue Committee, one of our partners. In addition, through his foundation, Andy Grove has given $1 million to the New Americans Campaign and partners like CitizenshipWorks.

It’s in part due to the support of foundations like the Grove Foundation that we’ve been able to help over 120,000 lawful permanent residents apply for citizenship — and saved them over $100 million by providing legal and fee waiver assistance.


Posted on October 19, 2014

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More