FAQs | Welcoming America


What is Welcoming America?

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, should be valued contributors and are vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future.

As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, Welcoming America is proud to support the diverse communities and partners who are leading efforts to make their communities more vibrant places for all. 

What is a welcoming community?

Just as fertile soil is needed for a seed to grow, welcoming communities foster a culture and policy environment that makes it possible for newcomers of all backgrounds to feel valued and to fully participate alongside their neighbors in the social, civic, and economic fabric of their adopted hometowns.

How is Welcoming America's approach different?

Welcoming America’s groundbreaking social change model is unique in its holistic local focus – our approach goes beyond a single program or service to work with institutions across the community to reduce the barriers that immigrants face to fully participating, and build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents. 

Where does Welcoming America work?

Through an array of programs and initiatives, including our Welcoming Network, Welcoming America helps local governments and nonprofit organizations to build a welcoming infrastructure in more than 150 communities across the United States, and around the world. Here’s a map of where we work. 


How do welcoming communities benefit us?

Becoming a more inclusive community means a more vibrant culture, more jobs created by immigrant entrepreneurs, and a thriving economy that benefits us all. 

Welcoming helps us work together to make sure that all of us - white, black, Christian, Muslim, or any faith - are part of making a community a great place to live. By giving each person an equal opportunity to contribute, it makes the entire community stronger.

What does it mean to be a member of the Welcoming Network and who can join?

Local governments, nonprofits, and individual professionals working in immigrant inclusion are eligible to join the Welcoming Network. Members commit to advancing and institutionalizing welcoming efforts in their community, and they receive benefits including training, resources, networking, and leveraged funding. Learn more about commitments and benefits of joining our Welcoming Network.

Who supports the Welcoming Network?

Our growing network benefits from broad community support from a range of mainstream partners. Represented among the organizations that are collaborating with Welcoming Network members at the local level are faith, civic and corporate partners, as well as broad bi-partisan support. These include:

  • Numerous corporate partners and economic development agencies, as well as local financial institutions, Main Street entrepreneurs, and larger employers.
  • Civic partners, ranging from local YMCAs to universities and educational partners.
  • Public sector partners, including not only mayors, county executives, governors, and other local and state elected officials, but police chiefs, school board members, and many others, across the political spectrum.
  • Local philanthropic partners, from the United Way to community foundations.
  • Partners across multiple faiths

Together, this broad range of welcoming ambassadors are building prosperous futures and stronger communities. We see this reflected in simple things, like more parents participating in PTAs and more entrepreneurs opening businesses on Main Street.


What does Welcoming America do?

A growing number of cities and towns recognize that being welcoming leads to prosperity and are looking for a roadmap and support to take action. Welcoming America provides the inspiration and foundation for this growing movement, bringing together an innovative and growing network of local governments and nonprofits through our Welcoming Network to help them transform communities into more inclusive places. We provide ideas, approaches, training, resources, networking, certification, and leveraged funding as we share new approaches to inclusion and promising practices to help create an environment where everyone can truly thrive.  

Organizations may get more involved by joining our Welcoming Network. Through Welcoming International, we share best practices through cross-country knowledge exchanges to grow the welcoming movement worldwide.

We build on the great work happening in local communities by providing tested approaches to creating inclusive, welcoming places for immigrants and all residents. Our Welcoming Institute provides online and in-person training, and our Welcoming Economies Global Network supports inclusive economic development initiatives across the Midwest.

We work to change systems and culture by helping communities create policy, reinforce welcoming principles, and communicate the socioeconomic benefits of inclusion. Our Welcoming Standard guides communities on their path to welcoming, and each year during Welcoming Week, we help organize hundreds of local events to bring together diverse residents in a spirit of unity and celebrate making communities welcoming for everyone. Today, one in every eight Americans lives in a Welcoming Network community.

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Why build welcoming communities?

Welcoming communities are safer, stronger, and more vibrant. 

They are inclusive places where neighbors get to know one another. Being a welcoming community is about inviting new Americans to join us in building strong communities, finding strength in our diversity, and resisting fear and division.

Welcoming communities connect new residents to their neighbors and to local government, creating a climate where immigrants and refugees become deeply involved in their community and invest their time, money, and hopes.

Who supports Welcoming America?

Our work is funded by hundreds of individual donors, foundations and other public and private organizations every year.

How can I get involved?

Become a member: Municipal governments and nonprofits can join our Welcoming Network to make their communities more inclusive.

Participate in Welcoming Week: Learn more about hosting or participating in an event in your community.

Make a donation: Help make our nation more welcoming to immigrants, one community at a time. Welcoming America is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and our Federal Tax ID is 27-1049805.