Our approach

Photo credit: Paul Choy

Photo credit: Paul Choy

Support courageous, compassionate, heart-led local, national, and international programs and initiatives.

As we are witnessing a drastic rise in forced displacement across the globe, the refugee response system is challenged by the magnitude of the task ahead. Over the last three years, we have seen a rise in courageous, compassionate heart-led local, national and international programs and initiatives. We have been following the evolution of an ecosystem of diverse and resilient organizations of different sizes filling the most critical gaps in the refugee response. Amidst the ongoing and continuously growing need and perpetually scarce resources, many of these organizations understand that collaboration is crucial.

Photo credit: Paul Choy

Photo credit: Paul Choy

Photo credit: Help Refugees

Photo credit: Help Refugees

A manifestation of this is our relationship with Help Refugees, a key organization that has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining this refugee support ecosystem across the migration route from the Middle East to Europe. Their team of fierce, young, driven and extremely nimble everyday citizens have been coordinating the work of many organizations on the ground. Further, Help Refugees has created and maintained a reliable funding source in support of refugees in Greece and elsewhere. In the three years since their inception, Help Refugees has already raised over US$16 million for its 70 implementing partners. During this time, Help Refugees has been applying its experience in serving and managing at the front lines of this response crisis and has developed creative revenue streams to raise funds for the refugee support system in Greece as well as in ten other countries. While many formal actors quickly move on to new crises, Help Refugees remains a vital source of support for the local refugee response; in some areas, it is the only source of support. Working from within Greece and the United Kingdom, Help Refugee staff members have been playing a significant role in maintaining, supporting, and coordinating the local and grassroots efforts across Greece (more here).

Raise awareness for the interconnectedness of forced displacement and promote a holistic response system for people on the move.

Forced displacement is a critical global challenge and responsibility cutting across many key sectors, including climate change. Given the interconnected nature of forced displacement, we dedicate ourselves to deep learning and reflective engagement. The GWBF is further raising awareness for a holistic response for people on the move. Towards this end, the GWBF is engaged in the NEXUS Initiative on Refugees and Forced Displacement (IFDR). The Initiative focuses on both the people who are forcibly displaced and the communities that are receiving them. The aim is to raise awareness about the interconnectedness of forced displacement and mobilize resources and individuals to invest in holistic solutions that change the lives of people on the move and host communities around the globe (more here).

Connect, engage, and collaborate with other funders supporting people on the move in the United States and globally.

We embarked on our learning journey three years ago and continue to deepen our learning. We value relationships and emphasize connecting, engaging, and collaborating with other funders in this space. As such, we actively participate in Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a unique circle of funders focusing on supporting people on the move and their host communities. GCIR has significant experience influencing philanthropy in service of people on the move. As part of our engagement, we are co-chairing the Funders for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (FRAS), a community of more than 40 funders, as well as the Be Well Funders Group, which emphasizes holistic approaches to support people on the move (more here).