PIF Principles

By joining the PIF coalition as active members, organizations affirm the following principles:

  1. All people — no matter their socioeconomic or immigration status — are valuable and critical to US success.
  2. As a matter of basic human dignity and our shared national interest, we believe that all children, youth and adults should have access to supports that help them meet their basic needs and promote positive development at times in their lives when they need them.
  3. Our focus is on protecting immigrants’ and their families’ access to these supports. By access we mean the ability to enroll, utilize and retain services without fear. When we refer to immigrants we mean all those who are foreign born (including refugees and asylees).
  4. Individual organizations will be invited to take positions on policy, legislation and public statements. Each organization can sign on and lend their name, or opt out.
  5. Coalition strategy and the partners’ deliberations are to be kept confidential, and final decisions will be kept confidential until there is an agreement to share the decision publicly.
  6. Active members will raise their disagreement openly within the confidentiality of the coalition, be transparent about divergent strategies, and take no action that directly undermines or sabotages the coalition.
  7. Active Members agree to use the coalition’s top line guidance on messaging (as developed together), and to share relevant information (to the degree possible). When this is not possible, active members will communicate with the full group clearly about why and agree not to act in ways that publicly harm the coalition’s messaging.
  8. We seek to coordinate with other related structures/coalitions/campaigns.
  9. The coalition will seek to raise money. Decisions on how to spend campaign resources will be made by the Steering Committee by assessing the impact on the strategy and exploring if there is a critical mass of groups who have enough influence, capacity, and commitment to do the work and are prepared to take action together.
  10. Members are encouraged to fund raise to support their coalition work if they choose. If members are fundraising specifically to support coalition activities, they will inform the Director about which funders they are asking, and the results, so fundraising strategy can be coordinated.