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.
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.
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.
Welcoming America News
Watch: David Lubell at TEDxBerlinDavid Lubell, founder of Welcoming America, recently spoke at a TEDx event in Berlin about the movement his organization is leading to build “welcoming communities”,…May 2016
White House Launches National Campaign to Build Welcoming CommunitiesOn September 17, 2015, the White House launched the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign, accelerating the growing movement of communities that are becoming more prosperous by embracing…Sep 2015
40 Under 40: Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today — and TomorrowIn January 2015, The Chronicle of Philanthropy named a number of DRK Foundation grantees to their first-ever “40 Under 40” list of young leaders from…Jan 2015
Welcoming America: An Incredible Honor from the PresidentHere is an excerpt of what President Obama said in his speech: “[L]et me close with the story of somebody who is working to bring…Dec 2014
Welcoming America Honored with Worldwide Intercultural Innovation AwardThe Intercultural Innovation Award is given to the most innovative projects around the world that are working to build intercultural cooperation and dialogue, and Welcoming…Nov 2014