Research

The Hello Neighbor Network conducts research studies to better understand both the role of grassroots organizations in refugee and immigrant belonging and communities strengths and needs. The Network seeks to make research findings publicly available in the interest of policies and practices that increase belonging in communities and support community-based organizations. 

Refugee Nonprofit Impact Index (2019)

The study was commissioned to better understand the impact of refugee nonprofit organizations to combat polarization and increase inclusiveness in communities across the U.S. Eight organizations across the country participated and of the total of 156 responses, 77 of those were directly from refugees. The study reveals new insights that nonprofits, civic leaders, foundations, corporations and volunteers alike can use to inform their efforts.

2019 Survey Infographic
93%
of volunteers believe their organization reduces polarization in their communities.
100%
of refugees agreed their organization makes people in their community feel more welcome.
"I have more self-confidence and feel like I belong."
- Burmese Refugee
"When we get together it is the best of times because we are like one family."
- Iraqi Refugee
93%
of volunteers believe their organization reduces polarization in their communities.
100%
of refugees agreed their organization makes people in their community feel more welcome.
"I have more self-confidence and feel like I belong."
- Burmese Refugee
"When we get together it is the best of times because we are like one family."
- Iraqi Refugee
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