Model & Strategy

Welcoming America supports a national network of governmental and non-governmental organizations working to build local support for immigrants and advance inclusion and prosperity. Their ultimate goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere, community by community, in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Through Welcoming America’s local leadership affiliates, communities nurture a homegrown culture of receptivity and inclusion. Welcoming America now serves the nation’s refugee resettlement network through a contract with the federal government.

In an effort to breakdown divisive attitudes and cultural misunderstandings, Welcoming Committees use key communications tools such as billboards, websites, open forums and the media to educate the general public and breakdown barriers to community integration that immigrants struggle to overcome. Direct engagement through public forums presents an opportunity for constructive, facilitated dialogues whereby native-born residents can openly discuss apprehensions and concerns as well as come to find shared values and aspirations across cultural lines. Welcoming America believes that in a land of opportunity, our communities are strongest when everyone who lives in them feels welcome.

At a Glance
Founded: 2009
Civic Engagement
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
Welcoming America
P. O. Box 2554
Decatur, GA 30031
Building a nation of neighbors
David Lubell Welcoming America
Meet David Lubell

Welcoming America is David Lubell’s second nonprofit startup. His first venture was the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), an organization that continues to build a statewide voice for Tennessee’s growing immigrant community. While at TIRRC he saw firsthand the need for a project that could reach out to everyday Tennesseans struggling to adjust to the demographic changes taking place all around them. He helped found the Welcoming Tennessee project to achieve that vision, and later left TIRRC to replicate the work nationally through Welcoming America.

David was chosen as a 2015 Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, culminating in his presentation at their annual 2016 meeting in Davos, Switzerland where he spoke on integrating refugees. David was named as one of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “40 Under 40” for 2016 as a trailblazer in crafting innovative new approaches to entrenched problems. David is recognized as an Ashoka Fellow and one of Univision’s top ten social entrepreneurs in the Americas.

IMPACT

Currently, 100 Welcoming America members are driving community-wide change and actively building more inclusive and welcoming communities that support the full civic, economic, and social participation of newAmericans and all residents

In 2016, WA hosted 90 trainings to an audience of over 7,000 participants. Additionally, 700 local organizations partnered to host over 390 Welcoming Week events which drew 50,000 attendees.

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  • We know that being a welcoming community benefits everyone, but St. Louis is emphasizing this point by strengthenin… https://t.co/w7bp2FjP26
  • RT @MLDavidson87: Wow! Our “WeAreAustin” T-shirt & slogan embody equity and respect for all in our #MN community w/ over 45 languages repre…
  • RT @ECMcLaughlin: One of our RISE grads works with Welcoming America @welcomingusa. September brings their annual "Welcoming Week," to welc…
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  • Today is International Indigenous Peoples Day! The date commemorates the first United Nations Working Group on Indi… https://t.co/fD9Yr0c1UM
  • Civity and Welcoming America are pleased to announce a new partnership to offer training and coaching assistance to… https://t.co/G6VO7HYwhB
  • "We all want our borders to be secure and our laws to be upheld, but it is not true that we face a choice between s… https://t.co/re1GB5uM4P
  • Our hearts are heavy with grief for families who lost loved ones in Dayton & El Paso. We must not only counter hate… https://t.co/5QROkDKeAu
  • This community went over and beyond to ensure the safety of their long time neighbor. Check out this amazing story… https://t.co/K13NI8pP0p
  • At Welcoming America, we define American not by what you look like or where you were born, but by a respect for the… https://t.co/ehFTy92B9G
  • To learn more about how our treatment of asylum seekers and refugees connects with our American ideals, check out t… https://t.co/L7OFIjUAk9
  • RT @CramonBPC: It was great moderating this @NACoTweets panel with @SkillsCoalition's @AmandaWorking, @WelcomingUSA's Susan Down Karkos, Sa…
  • RT @MIRACoalition: “This report confirmed what we already know: Immigrants are critical to the health and vitality of the city of Lowell.”…
  • RT @iine: Nearly half of #Lowell businesses are owned and operated by #immigrants. https://t.co/EGx0CkHqBS
  • RT @NewAmericanEcon: You can read more about the report here: https://t.co/AFrWtLpCT6 And you can read the full report here: https://t.co/…
  • RT @ilctr: Thanks to Rachel Peric of @WelcomingUSA for sharing this wonderful #teaching #resource #ILCwebinar