BeWell Funders

About BeWell 

The Immigrant Belonging, Well-Being, and Trauma Funders’, or “BeWell" Funders, is a dedicated space for funders to deepen their knowledge, build relationships, facilitate peer learning, and identify funding strategies to address issues of mental health and holistic well-being, belonging, toxic stress, trauma, and resilience for immigrants and refugees. Members establish shared learning goals and priorities and co-create opportunities for peer learning and exchange. This working group is co-chaired by Negar Tayyar of the Global Whole Being Fund and Carolyn Wang Kong of the Blue Shield of California Foundation. 

How We Connect

Working group participants have the opportunity to:

  • Gather at least once annually for in-person discussions;
  • Develop and participate in  virtual learning engagements that include perspectives from a diverse range of stakeholders, including practitioners, advocates, researchers, private sector representatives, and public-sector officials;
  • Exchange learning and ideas through a virtual online community;
  • Identify gaps and needs in the current support system for immigrants and refugees; and 
  • Receive guidance and technical assistance from leading experts and thought leaders.


Membership is open to professionals affiliated with grantmaking organizations, including philanthropic consultants and advisors. For more information, contact Melissa Nop.




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The New Public Charge Rule and the Threat to Our Democracy

The Trump administration has launched its most far-reaching attack on immigrants to date in the guise of a seemingly innocuous regulatory change: the revised “public charge” rule. When the new rule goes into effect on October 15, barring delays due to litigation, immigrants accessing programs that help them meet basic needs, such as food, housing, and health care, can be denied a green card, and individuals deemed likely to use these programs can be denied admission to the United States.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Relief for Now, Resilience for the Future

In the face of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis, we have redoubled our commitment to realizing our vision of a just and equitable society in which everyone thrives, no matter where they were born.