It has been an incredible year.
Together, we lifted up welcoming at a national – and international – level.
We were so incredibly humbled to be recognized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when we received the Intercultural Innovation Award as well as to be honored by President Obama last week in Nashville.
We were thrilled to help bring welcoming to the halls of Washington when we co-hosted, with National Partnership for New Americans, the first-ever White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, and we are similarly excited about the recent presidential memorandum, Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.
Together, we accelerated policy change in communities nationwide, moving the needle on immigration locally.
There is a movement sweeping the nation: whole communities are coming together to create welcoming environments in which immigrant and long-term residents alike can thrive and prosper.
Now, our network includes 64 nonprofit and municipal government members who are working to instill welcoming locally, moving from symbolic gestures to institutional policy change – from establishing mayoral offices focused on supporting immigrants, to appointing task forces, to outlining how to best attract and retain immigrants.
Together, we reshaped the national narrative on immigration.
Leaders from all over the country are also increasingly highlighting the value of welcoming immigrants and the contributions they make in places as diverse as Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Detroit.
We could not have done this without you. Can you help keep this momentum going in 2015 with a tax-deductible gift to Welcoming America?
We are in a special welcoming moment for the country, and we want to ensure that we move in the right direction. With your support, together, we can continue to build a nation where immigrants are embraced and welcomed by their communities and neighbors.
With my deepest appreciation,
P.S. While we appreciate any gift, you can become an even bigger champion of welcoming by giving monthly.