Partner Perspectives: Erica Bouris of the International Rescue Committee on the Financial Volatility of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Low-Income Families

Wednesday November 11, 2020

From just about any vantage point, 2020 has been a volatile year. A global pandemic has led to more than a million deaths worldwide—and caused massive economic disruption. In the United States, the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police led to a …

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Developing the Fund’s Strategy in Canada: What We’ve Learned and What’s Ahead 

Monday November 9, 2020

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched in the U.S. in 2019 as the only philanthropic initiative focused exclusively on economic inclusion and mobility for immigrants and refugees in North America. Our intent was always to extend our work beyond the U.S. and into …

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Lessons Learned: Best Practices for Applying to an Open Grant Challenge

Wednesday November 4, 2020

The Opportunity Challenge—the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Tarsadia Foundation’s first ever open-call grant challenge—resulted in 400+ submissions from organizations offering a diverse range of solutions and innovations that support the success of immigrants and refugees in the United States. In September, after …

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Opportunity Challenge Spotlight Video: Inclusive Career Pathways

Wednesday October 28, 2020

In September, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund announced the 12 awardees of the Opportunity Challenge, chosen out of an applicant pool of 470 organizations. The Opportunity Challenge is a joint grantmaking initiative launched by the Fund and Tarsadia Foundation to identify solutions that support the success of …

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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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