Opportunity Challenge Spotlight Video: Financial Access & Inclusion

Tuesday October 20, 2020

In early March, the Opportunity Challenge, a joint grantmaking initiative of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation, sought to identify solutions to create an inclusive economy in the U.S.—one that addresses the supports that immigrants need to achieve economic mobility. In September, we were thrilled to announce the 12 awardees of …

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Announcing the 12 Awardees of the Opportunity Challenge

Thursday September 24, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Tarsadia Foundation have doubled their financial commitment to the Opportunity Challenge, a grantmaking initiative to support the success of immigrant and refugee workers in the U.S. NEW YORK – September 24, 2020 – The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa …

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Creating Welcoming Workplaces: Let’s embrace workforce diversity like our future depends on it

Monday September 21, 2020

By Monica Munn and Jina Krause-Vilmar The impacts of COVID-19, including the downturn in our economy, have collided along persistent and predictable racial and socioeconomic fault lines in the United States.  Poor communities, immigrants, and people of color are among those most affected.  …

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How OCASI is Working to Ensure Immigrants and Refugees in Canada Are Not Left Behind

Monday September 14, 2020

Newcomers to Canada—especially those with precarious immigration status, many of whom already lived in a state of economic uncertainty—have been hard-hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Indeed, according to a recent study by the Labour Market Information Council, a non-profit research institute, “the …

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Ensuring an Inclusive Economy Post-Pandemic: How Might We Finance This?

Tuesday September 8, 2020

WES Mariam Assefa Fund Speaks with Cristina Alaniz, Student Analyst at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation  Immigrants and refugees have been uniquely impacted by COVID-19. Both groups have disproportionately filled roles on the front lines of the pandemic and remain …

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Three Actions Philanthropic Funders Can Take to Advance Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Workers

Wednesday August 5, 2020

Last week, Philanthropy New York published a piece by WES Mariam Assefa Fund Senior Director Monica Munn. The post shares insights and recommended actions funders can take to help ensure an economy that is more inclusive of immigrants and refugees. Since the onset …

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Announcing the Semi-Finalists of the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities

Tuesday July 28, 2020

Today, we are thrilled to announce the 20 semi-finalists of the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities. Each one of these organizations is leading crucial initiatives that support the success of immigrants and refugees and strive toward building an economy that works for all.  While much of the country …

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Equitable Recovery for Immigrants and Refugees: Key Takeaways from WES’ Twitter Chat

Thursday July 2, 2020

Immigrants and refugees play vital roles on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 and will continue playing essential roles to keep the U.S. moving forward. The need to address longstanding barriers to economic mobility faced by many immigrants and refugees today is therefore clear. As we look to rebuild the economy, we …

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Early Insights and Ideas from the Opportunity Challenge

Thursday June 25, 2020

At the end of May, the application portal closed for the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities. This was the first open grant challenge for both the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation. The Opportunity Challenge was jointly launched …

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Fund Awards $1.35 Million in Grants to Support Career Pathways for Immigrants and Refugees Amid Pandemic  

Thursday June 18, 2020

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund, the philanthropic arm of World Education Services (WES), today announced the award of $1.35 million in grants to enable immigrant and refugee workers to advance in the workforce of today and tomorrow and build strong careers that support …

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