Our 2021 Funding Priorities

Thursday March 11, 2021

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund’s principle of “learning by doing” as a funder is a constant. Every day, we learn from our 35-plus grantee and investee partners about which solutions hold promise, where we can do more, and what it takes to create …

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Actions for Funders: Strengthening the Advancement of Workers in Low-Wage Jobs

Thursday February 25, 2021

In 2019, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund partnered with the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation to explore how catalytic financing tools could drive more capital toward addressing the needs of immigrant and refugee workers. The impact of the pandemic made this …

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Fund Joins Toronto’s Workforce Funder Collaborative

Thursday February 11, 2021

In 2020, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund joined Toronto’s Workforce Funder Collaborative (TWFC) alongside six other philanthropic funders: The Counselling Foundation of Canada, JPMorgan Chase, Metcalf Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way Greater Toronto, and TD Bank Group. This newly formed collaborative, the …

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How the IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity Is Making Finance More Inclusive

Friday February 5, 2021

Charles, a client of IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity. Photo courtesy of IRC-CEO. Access to banking and financial services enables economic mobility. However, many refugees and immigrants in the United States face barriers to affordable financing, especially when they are new to the …

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Driving Capital into the Immigrant-Serving Sector: 8 Key Takeaways from our Twitter Chat

Wednesday January 27, 2021

On December 15, World Education Services (WES) brought immigrant serving-organizations together for a Twitter chat to discuss funding for and investing in organizations and solutions that enable immigrants and refugees to thrive. The conversation focused on how to drive more capital toward creating …

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Storytelling for Social Impact: Tools and Resources

Friday January 8, 2021

This fall, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation hosted a three-part webinar series, Storytelling for Social Impact. The series was offered to all who applied to the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities, a joint, open grantmaking initiative …

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How Our Partners Inspired Us in 2020

Tuesday December 22, 2020

As we wind down the final weeks of the year, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund team is reflecting on all that we’ve learned and holding on to the inspiration and hope that will carry us into the new year. The year 2020 has …

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The Welcoming Center on Engaging Immigrant Talent: Learning From a Shared Dialogue

Monday December 21, 2020

This piece originally appeared on the Welcoming Center’s website on November 25, 2020 and is cross posted here with permission. The Welcoming Center is a grantee partner of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund.  Our world is collectively experiencing a pandemic as well as …

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Fund Announces First Impact Investments to Support the Success of Immigrant and Refugee Workers

Tuesday December 15, 2020

NEW YORK — (Dec. 15, 2020) — The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced impact investments of $750,000 to ensure that immigrants and refugees in the United States have access to the tools and capital they need to acquire digital and other job-related …

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What to Look Forward to at the 2020 National Immigrant Integration Conference

Friday December 4, 2020

Every year, leaders, advocates, and organizations that support immigrants and refugees across the United States gather at the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC). The NIIC is organized by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), one of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund’s grantee …

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