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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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