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Welcoming Network

The Welcoming Network’s membership program offers tools, resources, technical assistance, and a global network to help nonprofit and government partners transform communities into more welcoming places. Participating members connect with their peers to share good ideas and receive recognition for their efforts in local, national and global settings. Check out the Welcoming Network Membership levels below.

My Organization Wants To Join The Welcoming Network

The Welcoming Network is made up of a growing number of governments, organizations and individuals who are committed to creating inclusive communities where everyone - including immigrants and refugees - can thrive.
If your organization is ready to join this growing network, please fill out our application form. If you would like to talk with a member of the team to learn more about membership, please email us at [email protected] or see our FAQs below for additional details.

I'd Like to Join as An Individual

In 2019 the Welcoming Network will be piloting an Individual Professional level for members in the United States. Please fill out our application form if you think this level is best for you. Please see our FAQ for additional details on our Individual Professional level.

 

The rust belt Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Network), a program of Welcoming America in partnership with Global Detroit, is a regional network of more than twenty initiatives from across the rust belt region of the U.S. working to tap into the economic development opportunities created by immigrants. The WE Network strengthens the work, maximizes the impact, and sustains the efforts of these inclusive economic development initiatives. Welcoming America invites local governments and local nonprofits that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to apply. Learn more about WE Network benefits and commitments by visiting www.welcomingamerica.org/programs/we-global.

Welcoming International supports and connects institutions that are advancing inclusion around the world. Our vision is a world in which all people - including immigrants and refugees - feel at home. We believe the work of accomplishing that vision begins in local communities, with all sectors working together to build community cohesion and advance institutional inclusion. Learn more about the Welcoming International program here, and find out how to become an international member.

We are excited that you are interested in joining the Welcoming Network and/or the regional rust belt WE Network. If your organization is ready to join this growing network, please fill out our application form. If you would like to talk with a member of the team to learn more about membership please email us at [email protected] or see our FAQs below for additional details. 

The Welcoming Network membership program offers tools, resources, technical assistance, and a global network to help nonprofit, government partners, and individual professionals transform communities into more welcoming places. Participating members connect with their peers to share good ideas and receive recognition for their efforts in local, national and global settings. 

Network Members commit to:

  • Pay dues to support the network
  • Host and/or participate in a Welcoming Week event
  • Participate in learning opportunities like conferences, webinars, workshops, etc.
  • Complete the annual State of Welcoming Survey 
  • Assign at least one main point of contact and a dedicated staff person for welcoming work
  • Complete Certified Welcoming pre-assessment (if a Core or Premium member)
  • Pass a Welcoming Resolution (if a Core or Premium Local Government member)

Our Values:

  • Support a vision in which all people, including immigrants, have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, engage with their community, and fully contribute their talents – expanding prosperity and wellbeing for all.
  • Engage both immigrants and receiving community members, as their voices are critical to defining a welcoming agenda.
  • Work to build greater understanding, particularly among people who may have concerns about or are unaware of the changing demographics of their community.
  • Believe that people of all backgrounds have unique talents that can be brought to bear to make our communities vibrant, and welcoming efforts should be as inclusive as possible to all groups.
  • Operate with the conviction that better decisions are reached when multiple backgrounds and perspectives are meaningfully engaged, and strive to create an equitable and collaborative environment in which differences are embraced and harnessed to achieve the best results.
  • Believe leaders can play a catalytic role by recognizing, rewarding, and investing in community partners who are essential to building a community’s capacity for this work.
  • Value and recognize the importance of multi sector collaboration and find meaningful opportunities to work with other local or regional members of the network near you.

Members receive the following benefits in accordance with their membership level:

 

 

Molly Hilligoss, Regional Manager
Jordyne Krumroy, Regional Manager
Vanja Pantic-Oflazoglu, International Program Manager

Christina Pope, Network Director
Anthony Salas, Events & Membership Manager

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE WELCOMING NETWORK?


The Welcoming Network’s membership program offers tools, resources, technical assistance, and a global network to help nonprofit and government partners transform communities
into more welcoming places. Participating members connect with their peers to share good ideas and receive recognition for their efforts in local, national and global settings.

WHERE DOES WELCOMING AMERICA WORK?


Through an array of programs and initiatives, including our Welcoming Network, Welcoming America helps local governments and nonprofit organizations build a welcoming infrastructure in more than 500 communities across the United States, and around the world.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE WELCOMING NETWORK AND WHO CAN JOIN?


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. 

WHAT DOES MY ORGANIZATION COMMIT TO DOING AS A MEMBER OF THE NETWORK?


By joining the Welcoming Network your primary commitment is to actively build a more inclusive community through the work of your organization. This means engaging partners, implementing programs, and communicating values. As part of that larger commitment to the work, Welcoming America asks members to pay dues to support the network, host an annual Welcoming Week event, participate in learning opportunities such as conferences, webinars, and workshops, complete the annual State of Welcoming survey, and assign at least one main point of contact and dedicated staff person for welcoming work. If your organization is joining as a core or premium member, you will be asked to complete a self-assessment when you join. If your organization is a local government, you will also commit to passing a Welcoming Resolution.  

AS AN INDIVIDUAL, CAN I JOIN THE WELCOMING NETWORK?


Yes! Individuals working in the immigrant inclusion field can join the Welcoming Network. This is a feature of our network that was launched in 2019 in response to a growing number of requests for support from individuals seeking to engage with the movement but working in organizations unable or ineligible to participate in the Welcoming Network. To join as an individual, members must commit to the values and vision of a welcoming community. Through the Welcoming Network, individuals can access tools and support to help them in their day-to-day immigrant inclusion work, and also help them catalyze their local organizations to join the Welcoming Network and increase their impact in their community. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN THE NETWORK? 


The Welcoming Network has four levels reflecting specific benefits, with dues ranging from $150 at the individual member level to $2500 at the premium member level. As an organization that operates with a diversity and equity lens, ​we have built in a sliding scale and a robust scholarship program to help ensure that communities are able to access membership regardless of their ability to pay membership dues. We know fiscal calendars and internal processes vary from member to member, and staff will work with members to find solutions to barriers organizations may face when joining or renewing their membership. 

 

CAN WE SWITCH FROM ONE MEMBERSHIP LEVEL TO ANOTHER? 


Absolutely! Members can customize membership to their current needs and choose a different level annually or upgrade membership at any point during the membership year. Membership upgrade can be conducted by reaching out to our Membership Manager or your network team member representative. Full details on cost and benefits of each level can be found at www.welcomingnetwork.org

WHAT DOES “ACCESS TO PHONE COACHING AND STRATEGY SESSIONS” MEAN?


When members are launching a new program, troubleshooting a local issue, advocating for policy change, or getting started and making the case for welcoming and inclusion work, Welcoming America staff and partners can be a resource to strategize with you and be a thought partner on how to move from point A to point B. Calls often result in next steps such as direction towards relevant research, talking points, or other resources; a connection to a national partner; and peer introductions. Sample topics for calls include:

  • Areas of the Welcoming Standard - for example:
    • Developing an immigrant entrepreneurship program
    • Implementing a strategic welcoming plan
    • Creating a municipal office for New Americans
  • Making the economic case.
  • Responding to current events.
  • Getting started with welcoming work.
  • Spreading the welcoming approach throughout or beyond your region.

WHAT DOES “ACCESS TO TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING” MEAN?


To support members in advancing their local work, the Welcoming Network offers trainings in member communities through competitive application on topics such as welcoming economies, positive communications, and welcoming schools. 

WHAT IS THE “NETWORK LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE”? WHO CAN SERVE?


The Network Leadership Committee is composed of Welcoming Network core and premium members who apply to serve (national organizations are not eligible). The Network Leadership Committee helps guide programming and strategy, and consists of dedicated community leaders from within our network membership.

WHEN DO WE PAY OUR DUES? 


For continuing members, membership dues will be invoiced at the beginning of the year. Members will have up to 30 days to pay their dues in full. For new members joining throughout the year, payment for dues should be paid within two weeks of joining the network. We understand fiscal calendars and internal budget processes may impact when your dues can be paid. Our membership and network team will work with members on a case by case basis should a different payment schedule be needed. 

ARE DUES PRORATED BASED ON WHEN MY ORGANIZATION JOINS? 


Dues are not prorated unless your organization joins after September 15. For organizations joining after September 15, dues will be 50% of the cost. These members will be invoiced for their selected membership level at 100% in January of the following year. 

WHAT IS THE WELCOMING INSTITUTE? 


Beyond membership, Welcoming America offers customized trainings and coaching packages to advance your work. See www.welcominginstitute.org and contact us at [email protected] to discuss your training and coaching needs.

WHAT IS CERTIFIED WELCOMING?


Welcoming America’s Certified Welcoming program provides an avenue for measuring promoting, guiding, and validating your community’s welcoming efforts.Through the Certified Welcoming process communities go through a formal evaluation of current work to identify local strengths and set a roadmap for areas of growth.  Communities whose work meets the core criteria of the Welcoming Standard receive the designation of Certified Welcoming. The Certified Welcoming process includes completing a self-evaluation, participating in a multi-day in-person audit, and receiving an extensive written assessment of current work including local highlights and next steps. Past participants have used the program to strengthen current programming, bring on new partners, validate work, and attract businesses and new residents. Members may apply their annual membership dues to the Certified Welcoming fee. Visit www.certifiedwelcoming.org for more info.

 

WHAT IS WELCOMING INTERNATIONAL?

Welcoming International, a program of the NGO Welcoming America, supports and connects institutions acoss the world who are advancing inclusion on the local level. Our global vision in which all people, including immigrants and refugees, feel at home. We believe the work of accomplishing that vision begins in local communities, with all sectors working together to build community cohesion and advance institutional inclusion.

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 bipartisan 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.

Contact Us

Contact [email protected] to learn more.