Founded in 1974, World Education Services Inc. (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping international students, immigrants, and refugees achieve their educational and professional goals. Since our establishment, WES has helped nearly three million individuals achieve their academic and career goals. But 45 years later, systemic barriers to immigrant success and economic inclusion remain stubbornly in place.
WES has continually sought to expand the ways in which we support the success of immigrants and refugees. The 2019 launch of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund represents a powerful extension of this work with a USD $30 million commitment of WES resources to seed a philanthropic arm within WES. The Fund, which is named after the organization’s former CEO Mariam Assefa, supports efforts to knock down the barriers that impede immigrants and refugees from accessing quality employment and integrating into the workforce.
WES has long pursued the mission of enabling individuals to fully use their education and talent. The Fund offers a new way to achieve this mission by bringing new resources to organizations and the field and striving to create more equitable systems for immigrant and refugee workers.
The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is committed to building an inclusive economy that works for immigrants and refugees. Through grantmaking, investing, partnerships, and field-building, the Fund supports catalytic efforts that ensure all immigrants and refugees have pathways to economic mobility in the U.S. and Canada. Over the next several years, the Fund aims to deepen our understanding of what is required for immigrants and refugees to succeed. The Fund is committed to collaboration and believes that learning from the field is a critical component of achieving its vision.