Who We Are
A growing number of places recognize that being welcoming leads to prosperity. Welcoming America provides the roadmap and support they need to become more inclusive toward immigrants and all residents.
Launched in 2009, Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States, with one in eight Americans living in a Welcoming Community. Our award-winning, social entrepreneurship model is beginning to scale globally.
A non-profit, non-partisan organization, Welcoming America is proud to support the many diverse communities and partners who are leading efforts to make their communities more vibrant places for all.
Our communities are changing. Migration and rapid demographic shifts can spark tension and create new challenges, both for newcomers and long-time residents.
In a 21st century world, the strongest communities will be ones where all people can take part in economic, civic, and social life. These places show it is possible to go beyond fear and even tolerance for a bright future for all.
Our Innovative Idea
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.
Our unique local 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.
The Welcoming America Model
Our model includes three approaches:
Welcoming America connects leaders in community, government, and nonprofit sectors. Our networks provide support both locally and nationally.
We build on the great work happening in local communities by providing tested methods and approaches to creating inclusive, welcoming places for immigrants.
Our goal is to change systems and cultures. We help communities create policy, reinforce welcoming principles, and communicate the socioeconomic benefits of inclusion.