Founder of Welcoming America recognized for building inclusive and prosperous communities for immigrants across the U.S. and beyond
NEW YORK, June 19, 2017 – The Charles Bronfman Prize today announced David Lubell, Founder and Executive Director of Welcoming America, as its 2017 recipient for his work creating welcoming communities for immigrants and refugees. The Charles Bronfman Prize – and an award of $100,000 – is presented annually to an innovative and dynamic humanitarian under the age of 50 whose work is informed by Jewish values and has global impact that changes lives and inspires future generations.
“At a time when the U.S. and countries around the world face unprecedented polarization, David Lubell’s work creates understanding and connectivity between Americans and immigrants,” said Charles Bronfman, the namesake of the Prize. “By ensuring they are made to feel welcome in their new homes, Welcoming America shows us how we can all benefit from the resilience, talent and positive impact of these new Americans – which has forever been the experience of our nation of immigrants.”
“On the eve of World Refugee Day, I am honored to bring awareness – through The Charles Bronfman Prize – to the courage and determination of all people who come to the U.S. for a better life, as well as to the importance of our country living up to its values as a welcoming nation,” said Lubell. “Welcoming communities are vital to our shared future, and it is only by finding common ground and working together that our communities and nation can thrive. As a Jewish American, nothing could make me feel more connected to my values, and to my history, than working to ‘welcome the stranger,’ and I am thrilled that the judges recognized the significance of this work.”
Launched in 2009, Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the U.S. connecting community, government and nonprofit leaders; building the capacity of these leaders to plan for inclusion for immigrants moving into their cities and towns; and helping communities change local systems and culture as they communicate the socioeconomic benefits of inclusion.
With a presence in more than 190 communities across the country, Welcoming America works to share promising practices and a common framework to help create an environment where everyone can truly thrive. The organization helps communities eliminate the institutional barriers that make it harder for immigrants to fully integrate, and works to address the concerns and needs of longtime residents in cities and towns where newcomers settle.
The organization’s model is also being applied in countries around the world such as Australia and Germany, addressing one of the greatest global challenges of our time.
You can learn more about David Lubell here.