Announcing New Grants to Support New York City Asylum Seekers

Tuesday February 21, 2023

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is excited to announce $230,000 in grants to seven New York-based organizations that support asylum seekers. The funding will enable these groups to strengthen their work on the ground responding to the significant increase in asylum seekers arriving …

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Meet Léa Tienou-Gustafson, the Fund’s New Senior Director

Friday February 10, 2023

On January 17, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund welcomed our new Senior Director, Léa Tienou-Gustafson. Léa comes to us from the Chicago non-profit Heartland Alliance, where she served as director of refugee and immigrant community services, supporting over a thousand refugees and immigrants …

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How Talent Beyond Boundaries is Supporting Economic Mobility for Refugees in Canada

Thursday January 19, 2023

Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) matches refugees abroad with career opportunities in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. TBB works directly with governments around the world to open up skilled migration pathways to refugees. Through a grant from the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, TBB …

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What Inspired Our Team in 2022

Thursday December 22, 2022

As the year winds down, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund team is reflecting on the extraordinary organizations, leaders, and efforts that inspired us.  In 2022, we funded a total of 66 organizations across the United States and Canada, including 39 brand-new partners, who …

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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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