Reflections on the Fund’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Journey

Friday September 30, 2022

In 2021, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund team set out to specify how we center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in our work. We asked ourselves what our priorities and philanthropic practices looked like, and the steps we could take to put …

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NASH Announces $230,000 Grant from the Fund to Catalyze Leadership Role for Public University Systems in Refugee Resettlement

Thursday September 22, 2022

Funding will enable public higher education systems across the nation to support their campuses in serving as communities of welcome for refugees in both urban and rural areas as U.S. ramps up refugee resettlement efforts Washington, D.C. – The National Association of System …

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How Six Community Organizations are Bridging Economic Gaps for Newcomers in the Peel Region of Ontario

Wednesday August 3, 2022

Originally published on the Future of Good website, this post was written by Neha Chollangi. The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is partnering with Future of Good on a series of digital stories to highlight the Fund’s first ever participatory grantmaking project. Developed in …

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Fund Announces $1M in Grants to Advance Inclusive Employer Practices and Career Pathways for Immigrants in the U.S. and Canada

Friday July 22, 2022

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced US$1 million in grants to eight organizations in the United States and Canada working to shift employer practices and develop career pathways that support the economic mobility and success of immigrants and refugees. In the U.S., …

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Fund Announces Grants to Support Newly Settled Afghan Refugees in the U.S.

Thursday June 30, 2022

Over the past 10 months, resettlement agencies in the United States have welcomed more than 76,000 Afghan refugees as part of Operation Allies Welcome. As they settle into their new communities and  lives here in the U.S., there is a need to ensure …

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Paving the Way for Internationally Educated Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia

Monday June 27, 2022

In 2020, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) approached the WES Mariam Assefa Fund with a project idea to help internationally educated early childhood educators (ECEs) and primary school teachers better access jobs as ECEs in the province. ECEs are trained to …

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Shifting Power in Impact Investments

Thursday May 26, 2022

This blog post was created by Katheryn DeWitt of Common Future and originally published on Medium.  Foundations in the United States hold over $1 trillion in assets — 93 percent of which is invested in Wall Street rather than being used for the common …

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Employee Ownership: Helping to Close the Racial Wealth Gap and Benefiting Immigrants and Communities of Color

Wednesday April 27, 2022

This blog post was created and originally published by SOCAP. Employee ownership is a powerful business model that can scale businesses, create higher-quality jobs, and strengthen communities, but limited financing is available to help businesses make this transition. Impact capital can expand democratic …

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Meet Claudia Rosales and Alfonso Neal, Co-Directors of Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center

Friday April 22, 2022

As executive co-directors of the Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center (PVWC), Claudia Rosales and Alfonso Neal embody the organization’s mission of harnessing the collective power of immigrant workers. Claudia and Alfonso leverage their personal and professional experiences to lead PVWC, a WES Mariam Assefa …

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Making Digital Learning Accessible to Immigrants and Refugees

Wednesday April 13, 2022

Written by the EdTech Center @ World Education, a grantee partner of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, this blog post explores how the center’s new CrowdED Learning initiative makes more equitable digital learning possible for immigrants and refugees. COVID-19 sparked an urgency for …

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