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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Leadership Development, Vocational Counseling

Mission: To eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees and integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce.

Results: Worked with thousands of skilled immigrant and refugee job seekers across the U.S.

Target demographics: Permanently work authorized Immigrant professionals, refugees, and asylees who are recent immigrants to the U.S. with a professional university degree and professional work experience.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 skilled immigrants relaunch their careers in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago and Detroit

Programs: Upwardly Global, founded in 2000, is a national, award-winning nonprofit organization with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Detroit, and comprehensive online services. Upwardly Global helps work-authorized, skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. by providing professional job-search training and access to employers with global talent needs. To date, the organization has coached 5,000 skilled immigrants and has assisted over 2,000 professionals back into their career field.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to the US in 2004 and struggled with survivor jobs. Upwardly Global helped to rewrite my resume, trained my interview skills and taught to networking with professionals. Today I have an international sales position and I and proud to be formed by Upwardly Global.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

They have a great approach and very organized! I have enjoyed volunteering with them and what they provide to their users is priceless...providing professionals from other countries with the skills they need to succeed here in the US. This makes a huge impact on their lives and good for our economy too!

3 Will24

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As an immigrant myself, I totally understand how challenging it can be for new immigrants to find a job in the US. Upwardly Global provided a friendly and comfortable environment for both the volunteers and applicants to work together.

4 Yvonne21

Volunteer

Rating: 4

What a great company mission. As a former volunteer of this non-profit (then I moved across the country so couldn't continue as a mentor) I am so happy to see that there are people focused on helping educated immigrants find the right roles in the job market. My parents were immigrants and not all skills are seen as the same when people come to the US. It's good to see a path for those immigrants so they can support their families and build a better life here in the US.

2 Ali_2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

A stellar organization serving a great and pressing need! New immigrants face so many challenges and UPGlo is a valuable partner in their struggle. I highly recommend this organization and I am proud to be a volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've worked with Upwardly Global for more than three years and it has been very rewarding. I am amazed by how much I learn and inspired by the foreign professionals the organization serves. The organization is truly making an impact on new immigrants with professional experience, families and the economy.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had my doubts first when I joined Upwardly. There are many nonprofits who claim they're making a difference but in reality it's more talk than walk. Upwardly is not one of them. What they do is tangible and changes lives for better everyday.
My first mentee was a procurement professional from Ukraine who found a job in 6 months with a green energy company. At the graduation event, I met others who like my mentee had changed their life and were heading for a more successful future. What I saw that day was a proof of Upwardly's impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Upwardly Global is always fascinating and rewarding. I've helped out a several of their job training and mentorship events - working with people on resumes, job interview skills, and just general questions about how to look for a new job. I've met people from all walks of life, refugees who were top of their field but are now starting over. It's always a humbling and inspiring experience chatting with members at UpGlo events. I highly recommend volunteering here!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is always difficult to get notice when you are an immigrant professional in USA but thanks to Upwardly Global that make a difference in this world, I had the opportunity to help other professional to build their resume, I saw in them the same desire to succeed in this new country and how difficult it is when you dont have some support. I feel grateful to be part of this important organization and I will be always be ready to help others.
Thank you

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an immigrant job seeker and found Upwardly Global almost 3 years after my arrival in the USA. The immigrant worker classes, cultural knowledge and resume and job search support I got allowed me to move from a minimum paying job as a care attendant, to a communications manager in the tech industry earning 4 times the salary I was earning as an overqualified caregiver. The experience was amazing, from the friendships I made in the class, to the volunteers and mentors that served me, and the opportunities that they directly opened to me, including introducing me as a candidate to Cisco Systems, where I got my first corporate job. Thank you Upwardly Global. Continue doing the great work you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to volunteer for this organization and see the wonderful work they are doing to support skilled immigrants in their job search. The job search can be an overwhelming experience even if you're in your home country, so this support system is a great asset to remove those barriers and create a positive job search experience. I couldn't say enough great things!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global does an amazing job of working with immigrants and providing straight-forward, proven career support to help them get back on their career track quickly. Their volunteer program is very well-run. They communicate effectively, and what's more, they have great trainings for both volunteers and candidates. I've been very impressed with my volunteer experience there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with UpGlo through a company event. They came to our office, trained us, and had us work 2 on 1 with a new immigrant to build a resume. Their model is great for people who want to have direct, personal impact in not a lot of time. The whole process took ~2 hours.

The organization has a fantastic goal of helping skilled immigrants find jobs in the US. I look forward to continuing to work with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global is an amazing organization. I volunteered with Upwardly Global while living in New York City, it was great to meet the individuals who had just recently moved to the area and were benefiting from our efforts, they were smart, accomplished, and very appreciative. I hope this organization is able to continue to grow and help more and more people. Thanks. Lilly

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm Upwardly global Alumni. UpGlo is a unique organization that help Professional immigrants to find their career in United States. They believe in the added value of professional Immigrants and understands the struggles of those immigrants. I was so fortunate that I've found UpGlo on my first year of immigration. UpGlo is so unique as all their services are free, staff are well educated and know fully well how to orient and train people so that they could find a carrier in their profession (not just a job). I believe in Upwardly global and I would be forever grateful to this organization for helping me find my fist professional job in US. At present, I am working as a Production Manager on one of the big food industry companies.
Thanks UpGlo.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm Upwardly global Alumni. UpGlo is a unique organization that help Professional immigrants to find their career in United States. They believe in the added value of professional Immigrants and understands the struggles of those immigrants. I was so fortunate that I've found UpGlo on my first year of immigration. UpGlo is so unique as all their services are free, staff are well educated and know fully well how to orient and train people so that they could find a carrier in their profession (not just a job). I believe in Upwardly global and I would be forever grateful to this organization for helping me find my fist professional job in US. At present, I am working as a Production Manager on one of the big food industry companies. Thanks UpGlo.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global is an amazing nonprofit organization helped me landed my first job in the US. Upwardly Global not only polished my skills for interview and resume/cover letter writing, it strengthened my confidence in working in the US.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global made a huge difference in my life and career. When I came to the United States. I had almost 10 years of professional experience, but no experience with the job search in the U.S. With their help I was able to reposition myself in the job market within my area of expertise. I am forever thankful for their help and proud to be an alumna - and later volunteer - of such an amazing organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have helped several highly skilled professionals and referred them to Upwardly Global. Thank you so much for your invaluable services to the community.

Inoh C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The caliber of the staff, the volunteers and the people who come are unparalleled. Here lies the intersection of talent, potential, and meaningful impact.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came to this country I was so confused about how and what I was supposed to do to find a job. Everything changed when I went to a training session with UpGlow. Now I feel more confident in my job search and I've seen other people helped by UpGlow succeed as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global offers an excellent opportunity for volunteers to work hands on with immigrants to the US on their interviewing skills and resume building skills. The staff prepares volunteers during a brief session prior to being partnered up with a job-seeker, so first time volunteers need not worry about wondering what kind of advice they can provide. The job-seekers are open minded and are very open to feedback from volunteers. If you are looking to make a positive impact on someone's career, I would highly recommend volunteering with Upwardly Global.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global has an amazingly dedicated staff who work with their clients thoughtfully and thoroughly. Their programs, services, and advocacy are needed in a time when many are leaving the workforce and many are entering the United States with more skills and talents to share. I've also volunteered with clients and every single person was motivated and ready to work, grow, and contribute to the community--the same strengths that immigrants who came long ago also exhibited.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

UpGlo helped me to polish my soft skills so I could pursue opportunities within my career. UpGlo supports the continuous needs of the job market for talented and experienced employees. The organization is committed to help only legal immigrants which results in a higher retention rate for US employers and limits the transfer of earnings overseas. This has an overall positive impact on the US Economy.

Elaine46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Previous participants become future volunteers. This is a sign of a successful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've wired with UpGlo in both New York and Chicago, through both a corporate partnership and as an independent volunteer. They are responsive, attuned to the unique needs of the populations they serve and fill an essential role in getting new American job seekers in track. The experiences I've had meant that I've sought them out as a partner as I've moved and I've referred both job seekers and volunteers to their services. Keep up the good work UpGlo!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about this organization through a classmate who was a mentor and recommended it. I loved the story and found the mission compelling. I was looking for a way to leverage my experience and pay forward the mentorship that I received over the years. Everyone that I talked were passionate about the organization. In addition, the staff was professional and organized. My experience as a mentor has been rewarding. And it was great to see my mentee find a job and witness her journey. I would recommend the organization to other professionals who want to make a difference, especially those who understand the challenges of relocation to a different country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great program that really allows professionals from other countries develop their resume and interviewing skills. It is also a great networking opportunity for those involved!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, I'm Gigi. I'm new immigrant to US. This is my 2nd year here. I knew about Up glow from one of my friends. Up Glow helped me a lot to set my 1st step in US job market, as I was coming from different part of the world ( Egypt ). And because of their support, now, I was lucky to join Wells Fargo bank; one of the biggest companies in the banking industry. I'm really thanking all the staff who helped me especially Rose
my coach and Marlow my mentor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've witnessed how UpGlow has improved the lives of hundreds of foreign professionals in the Bay Area by helping them find their first job in the US. Their staff is very competent, caring and knowledgeable, they have a solid group of volunteers supporting their activities, and it also uses web tools that allow the job seeker to improve hers/his skills without having to commute to the city. UpGlow should have branches in all major cities in the US. Great work!!

Maureen44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the office manager for a small research consulting firm in San Francisco. For hiring, I reached out to UpGlo to see if they had any candidates. Their Program Director told me about a gentleman with a masters and strong background in research. His resume showed he was working the nightshift in a parking lot in North Beach, but she assured me that he had experience and would be a good fit. When we met him we were blown away! He had far more experience in our field than we imagined. He was indeed the perfect fit. The market was in need of qualified and experienced research consultants and we were happy to use UpGlo to find this talent. It's hard to imagine that without UpGlo, it's possible he would still be working the nightshift.

1 Maria Paula O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global is an amazing organization, and it provides a life lasting benefit for its job seekers. For me, UpGlo was key in guiding me through the US job market culture, being fundamental in my landing a vice president position few months after moving to the US. UpGlo is truly a great nonprofit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global does truly inspiring work. By helping incredibly talented immigrant professionals find careers that match their skills, they're helping the economy function more efficiently, while matching much needed openings with qualified candidates.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global members invest their professionalism and helped a huge number of educated immigrants start new work and life in the U.S.A. Upwardly is a nonprofit organization with a strong customer focus and social responsibility.

I was lucky to find Upwardly five years ago. Thanks to Upwardly I have been working my dreamed job since 2010.

Maria Radoslavova

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

UpGlo really puts out high quality work. The network that they build is invaluable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global is the best idea for Nonprofit organization, Upwardly Global giving you something very valuable for free they giving you the "Knowledge" and "Knowledge is Power" and thats what you need when you move to a new society with diffrent concepts. The American Job Market is Totally different than any other market in the world. UpGlo Educate you for free, they give you the know how and the experience for free, how you gonna be when you get an MBA from Harvard for free? Its something similar, you get a very professional training on how American job market works, how to make a resume, how to search for a job, what to do in the interview, they connect you with highly professional pepole in big companies to build your professional network. Upglo start with you from searching for a job, writing your resume, building your professional network, find a job and negotiate your offer, and they stays support you in the first 6 months of your job.

1 Sheila41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global is an organization that truly understands and tackles the problem that professional immigrants face when trying to enter the US job market. Now not only I'm happier and more economically stable but I'm actively contibuting to improve the processes in my new job / company, so is a WIN-WIN all around.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upwardly global is a unique organization that understands the struggles of first time immigrants in the United States. I was so fortunate that I've found this group that genuinely looks after the welfare of some helpless immigrants like me, most especially during the critical period of looking for a job in order to survive. What makes this organization unique is that the services are free, staff are well educated and they know fully well how to orient and train people so that they could find a job (not just a job) that is in line with their field of specialization. I love Upwardly global and I would be forever grateful to this organization for helping me find my place in an entirely new environment. At present, I am working in a School District where it further opens new opportunities and employment related to the field of education. God bless you UpGlo!