Grantee Partner Spotlight: Upwardly Global

Wednesday May 6, 2020

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund sees the COVID-19 crisis as a time to ensure our grantee partners flexibility so they can continue their work of building an inclusive, resilient economy for immigrants and refugees. The United States would not be able to respond to the pandemic without the skills and talent of the immigrant workforce. Our …

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Webinar Recap: Learn More About the Opportunity Challenge

Monday May 4, 2020

Last week, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund co-hosted a webinar with the Tarsadia Foundation to provide an overview of its joint grantmaking initiative, the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities, and to answer questions from prospective applicants.  A full recording of the event is available here.  A few highlights that came up during the discussion:   We …

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Fund Announces COVID-19 Response Grants to Support Immigrant and Refugee Workers in the U.S.

Thursday April 30, 2020

Earlier this month, the World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund shared its initial responses to the needs exposed and created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrants are America’s workers, and 12 million are currently on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. …

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Meet the Selection Committee for the Opportunity Challenge

Wednesday April 29, 2020

We’re thrilled to introduce the selection committee of experts and community leaders who will be reviewing applications for the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities. This joint grantmaking initiative launched by the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation seeks to identify and scale creative, wrap-around solutions …

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Protecting Immigrants and Refugees Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday April 27, 2020

In 2019, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched as a philanthropic initiative and made grants to five organizations united in one common goal: to build an inclusive economy that works for all immigrants and refugees. In the face of COVID-19 and its impacts, the Fund, the Beeck Center for …

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10 Key Takeaways from our #ImmigrantsThrive Twitter Chat

Monday April 20, 2020

Twelve million immigrant workers are either employed in essential jobs on the front lines fighting COVID-19 or are facing economic hardship due to the pandemic, per the Migration Policy Institute. Many are employed in sectors experiencing massive layoffs or that lack paid sick …

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Responding to COVID-19

Friday April 3, 2020

Friends, In this moment of great uncertainty, we are thinking of you, your staff, and the communities you serve. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding, one thing is certain: The current public health crisis and related economic disruptions are disproportionately impacting those …

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WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Tarsadia Foundation Announce the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities

Tuesday March 10, 2020

New Funding Opportunity Seeks Solutions to Support the Success of Immigrants and Refugees  NEW YORK – March 10, 2020 – The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation today announced a joint $1 million grantmaking initiative to support the …

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Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians Launches Program to Engage Immigrant Talent

Wednesday January 15, 2020

On January 15, grantee partner the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians launched its Engaging Immigrant Talent Initiative at an event with the Mayor of Philadelphia. The 18-month program, in partnership with Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development, aims to advance employer-informed immigrant workforce integration. With support from the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, …

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Announcing Fund’s First Grants to Support Immigrant and Refugee Employment Initiatives

Wednesday September 4, 2019

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced the award of USD$1.2 million in grants toward its goal of catalyzing economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. The grants have been awarded to five organizations in the U.S.: …

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