Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative founded in 2009 that promotes mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. Through a national network of affiliates and partners, Welcoming America works to promote an atmosphere in which immigrants and native-born residents can find common ground and shared prosperity. Since its founding, over 50,000 participants have taken part in Welcoming America’s local initiatives. Welcoming played a leading role, with other organizations, to persuade the Obama Administration to create its immigrant integration taskforce, announced in November 2014.
Unbound has funded Welcoming America and its affiliates since 2009; we were a founding investor in the organization. We are currently funding Welcoming America to expand the geographic reach of its programs and to inspire more cities and counties to develop welcoming climates. Welcoming America is working to build partnerships between government and community-based organizations, develop a certification program for cities that offer good integration policies, and develop strategies to leverage its network in national policy debates.