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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Participatory Grantmaking Pilot Selects 6 Organizations in Peel Region of Ontario

Wednesday April 13, 2022

Afghan Women’s Organization, Family Services of Peel, Laadliyan, MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families, Peel District School Board, and Sikhs Serving Canada Association will receive grants The Tamarack Institute and the WES Mariam Assefa Fund are excited to announce that six organizations have …

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Community Credit Lab Receives First Recoverable Grant from the Fund to Pilot New Financial Lending Programs

Thursday March 31, 2022

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is excited to announce its partnership with Community Credit Lab (CCL). With a $100,000 recoverable grant from the Fund, CCL will pilot and test new financial lending programs with input and direction from local lending partners and communities …

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Newcomers from the Peel Region are Tackling Systemic Challenges Through Participatory Grantmaking

Friday March 25, 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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WES Mariam Assefa Fund Partners with Echoing Green to Invest $1.5M in Social Innovators of Color Addressing Racial Equity and Immigrant Justice

Wednesday February 16, 2022

The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund today announced a new $1.5 million partnership with Echoing Green to launch a fellowship that supports immigrants and refugees of color in the United States and Canada. Through Echoing Green’s fellowship program, the Racial Equity …

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Meet the First Graduates of the Migrant Systems Change Leadership Program

Tuesday February 15, 2022

At the end of last year, 22 inaugural graduates completed the Migrant Systems Change Leadership program, created for inspiring individuals with lived immigrant and refugee experience who are passionate about working with and supporting their communities. This first-of-its-kind program was launched in 2021 …

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How Workers Action Centre is Advocating for Frontline Workers in Ontario

Monday January 24, 2022

“The COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse, not better, for marginalized workers,” said Deena Ladd, executive director of Workers Action Centre (WAC) in Ontario, at a recent emergency town hall. WAC, a grantee partner of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, is addressing many of …

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