Coalition of Funders to Support Refugee Resettlement Agencies and Help U.S. Communities Sponsor Newcomers from Afghanistan and Other Countries

Tuesday October 12, 2021

Over the last month, tens of thousands of Afghans have been forced to flee their homes and been hastily resettled in new countries. Communities across the U.S. are welcoming Afghan refugees and helping them get settled. To best support refugees as they look …

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Building a Trust-Based Philanthropy Over the Last Two Years

Thursday September 30, 2021

By Monica Munn, Managing Director of Philanthropy at World Education Services (WES) Two years ago, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund made its first grants to organizations working to build more inclusive economies for immigrants and refugees. We were excited to begin our journey …

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Building Power with Migrant Workers in Ontario: Meet Syed Hussan

Monday September 27, 2021

“The work of organizing as working-class, racialized migrants is very personal,” says Syed Hussan, executive director of Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) in Ontario, a grantee partner of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. An immigrant himself, Hussan began working as an organizer …

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How Our Partners are Working to Ensure Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Immigrants and Refugees

Wednesday August 11, 2021

Immigrants and refugees have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, with many working on the front lines of the pandemic. In the U.S., 12 million immigrants and refugees work in occupations such as health care and transportation, or in roles that have been some …

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8 Key Tips and Takeaways for Organizations Engaging with Employers to Support Immigrant Talent

Tuesday June 29, 2021

On June 15, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund hosted a panel of three experts to discuss how workforce development organizations can successfully partner with employers to create programs that meet employers’ evolving talent needs and provide opportunities for immigrant and refugee workers. Marina …

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New Toolkit to Help Employers Successfully Integrate Immigrants into the Workplace

Tuesday June 29, 2021

On June 17, the Welcoming Center launched a new toolkit to help employers recruit, retain, and promote immigrant and refugee workers. The Engaging Immigrant Talent toolkit shares with employers proven actions they can take to tap into the potential of immigrant talent and …

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Meet Nada El Masry, Co-Founder of RADIUS Refugee Livelihood Labs

Sunday June 20, 2021

In 2018, Nada El Masry co-founded the Refugee Livelihood Lab (RLL) as a way of building social, economic, and political capital for racialized refugee and migrant communities in Vancouver. RLL, a grantee partner of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, is a social innovation …

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The Fund’s Nomzana Augustin Interviewed by Economic Opportunity Funders

Tuesday June 8, 2021

In this piece, Nomzana Augustin, the Fund’s Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Manager, shares her experience and perspective, and highlights the importance of collaboration to create an economy that works for all.  This interview originally appeared on Economic Opportunity Funders’ website on June 1, …

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How Andrea Plaza is Working Toward Immigrant Justice in New Mexico

Monday May 10, 2021

Growing up in the Carolinas, Andrea Plaza and her family were one of the few Latinx families living within a 100-mile radius. “I think my family had two lives,” Andrea recalls. “The kind we lived at home and the kind we lived outside …

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Meet Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director of Toronto Community Benefits Network  

Wednesday April 14, 2021

Rosemarie Powell, who leads the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), has been at the forefront of pivotal community development and organizing throughout her 32 years in Canada. Rosemarie first arrived in Montreal from Jamaica at age 16 with her siblings to reunite with her mother. …

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