A Racial Equity and Immigrant Justice Partnership with Echoing Green: Meet the Fellows 

Friday December 9, 2022

Earlier this year, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund announced a $1.5 million partnership with Echoing Green to launch the Racial Equity and Immigrant Justice initiative, a fellowship to support immigrants and refugees of color in the United States and Canada. Through Echoing Green’s …

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Fund Ambassadors Grow a Community of Philanthropic Giving at WES: Announcing New Donations

Monday December 5, 2022

In 2019, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched the Fund Ambassador program, which engages staff from across WES to develop skills in philanthropy and identify mission-aligned organizations to receive Fund donations. This month, we celebrate the accomplishments of the third cohort of Fund …

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Building the New High Road: Report on U.S. Immigrants and Workforce Development

Tuesday November 22, 2022

Immigrants and refugees play a crucial role in the U.S. workforce, especially in growth industries including tech and healthcare, yet they continue to be overrepresented in low-wage occupations. With a desire to learn more about the efforts to address this gap by supporting …

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Fund for Workforce Equity Selects Inaugural Grantees to Center Workers and Learners of Color

Thursday November 17, 2022

Today, the Fund for Workforce Equity, a new pooled investment fund led by Workforce Matters, announced 15 organizations that will each receive grants of up to $75,000 for initiatives that center the perspectives of workers and learners of color in designing or implementing …

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Tips for Funders Beginning Their Participatory Investing Journey

Friday October 21, 2022

This piece is co-authored by Smitha Das and Katheryn Witt and is the result of a partnership between the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Common Future. In March 2022, Common Future launched the Action Lab: Participatory Investing, a partnership with the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. …

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New Workforce Initiative Will Connect Immigrants and Refugees in Rural Areas with Employment Opportunities

Thursday October 13, 2022

BOSTON (OCT. 3, 2022) – Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national non-profit driving transformation in the American workforce and education systems, today announced an ambitious two-year initiative for economic advancement for immigrants, refugees, and migrant workers in rural areas. The Rural Immigrant …

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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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Five Ways Employers Can Invest in Untapped Immigrant Talent

Tuesday August 23, 2022

This blog piece was originally published by JFF (Jobs for the Future). At JFF’s 2022 Horizons summit, experts from across sectors offered insights on how to engage, support, and upskill an overlooked talent pool—and boost your company’s bottom line. With more open roles …

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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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