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Upwardly Global

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Upwardly Global two years ago through a New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise. I'm always incredibly impressed with not only the exceptional care and thoughtfulness that this organization provides to each of its job candidates, but the how this mission is manifested in every aspect of the company, whether through grassroots, on-the-ground action, or in the back end of the administration.

It's a pleasure to be updated on how they consistently affect change in the community.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i came from Mexico 3 years ago. I am doing my jobseeking with Upwardly Global training program. i feel so happy, because they make me feel that i can do something wiht my carrer here in the United State. I recently lose my job, and i am looking for one. I have a business Administration bachelor degree from Mexico. I have my mentor right now her names is Jackie Ross, and I hope so she will help me alot with my carrer.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Upwardly Global is a great non-profit for new immigrants in the US who have not yet established their own professional network.