IIBA’s Tribute Fund

Who in your life exemplifies a commitment to family, community, social justice, and love?


Last year, as part of our 100th anniversary celebration we launched the Tribute Fund. It is both a way to support the vital work of IIBA and honor a loved one, living or dead.


An individual, family, or group of friends or colleagues now have an opportunity to establish an IIBA Tribute Fund. With a gift of $2,500, you have the double benefit of honoring a loved one and supporting IIBA in our work to help more immigrants attain citizenship. Each tribute fund helps five immigrants become U.S. citizens.


Who stands out to you in your family or community? Who has embodied hospitality, worked for justice, celebrated diversity, and inspired you to be better? Who has helped you grow roots or find your way? Who has been the beacon of light in your life?


The story of your loved one will be included on IIBA’s website, and we will also announce the new Tribute Honorees at our Annual “Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights” event. 


For more information, please contact Development Manager, Danielle Alvarez, at dalvarez@iibayarea.org. or Executive Director, Ellen Dumesnil at edumesnil@iibayarea.org


Establish A Tribute Fund 



The Ruth Elizabeth Schwabacher Tribute Fund

Ruth fled Nazi Germany as a nine-year-old refugee, seeking safety in the United States, along with her family. She became fiercely patriotic and devoted to immigrants.


“She would be honored to participate in an organization like IIBA and to help further the goal of aiding immigrants and refugees coming to the United States, especially at a time like this.” –Margaret Cecchetti (Ruth’s daughter)


The Joseph Paul De Luca Tribute Fund

Born in Fascist Italy, Joseph was separated from his family at nine months old. They reunited in the U.S. when he was 16. He graduated from UCLA, attended law school, and received a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.


“While he is no longer with us, his story and memories are ever present.” –Teresa De Luca Schooler (Joseph’s Sister)


The Michael Desmond Tribute Fund

Michael Desmond immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. He served as a detective on San Francisco’s waterfront.


“His choice to make San Francisco his home shaped the direction of our lives. The future he created for our family inspires us to help today’s immigrants secure their families’ futures as well.” –The Dumesnil Family



The Mary Halsted Lonergan Tribute Fund


Mary volunteered as an ESL teacher with IIBA and served on the Institute’s Board for many years.


“She was the spark that started our family’s three decades of service to immigrants and our ongoing commitment to the work of IIBA.” –The Halsted and Lonergan Families