October 22, 2018
International Institute of New England Raises a Record $868K

December 10, 2017 — The International Institute of New England, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides resettlement, case management, literacy, job training and placement, legal assistance, and other services to refugees and immigrants, announced that it raised $868,000 at its recent gala, more than doubling its goal and setting a record.

The International Institute of New England (IINE) aimed to raise $400,000, the amount it raised last year, then a record.

This thirty-sixth annual Golden Door Award Gala, held Nov. 30 at the Intercontinental Hotel Boston, drew 700 attendees, also a record, nearly double the 400 it aimed to attract.

"The unprecedented success of our event this year was due to the hard-working Host Committee and the doors they opened, as well as the support leveraged by the honoree and his team. This event received the whole-hearted support of the IINE board of directors, senior staff, and community supporters, too," said Jeff Thielman, IINE president and CEO.

The funds will be augment federal funding for refugee resettlement and to increase access to skills training and English classes for immigrants in Boston, Lowell, and Manchester, NH.

Most of the funds raised came from corporate sponsorships and individual gifts, and had intended to account for 25% of all funds to be raised by IINE this year.

Lead sponsors included Biogen, Stelios Papadopoulos, Goldman Sachs, Newmark Knight Frank, Alexandria, Susan Whitehead, and Evelo.

Honored at the event was Noubar Afeyan, a former refugee of Armenian descent who escaped war in Lebanon in the mid-1970s, the founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, a leading life sciences innovation enterprise that invents and launches transformative start-ups tackling challenges in healthcare and sustainability.

Thielman said, “It is because of champions like Noubar that immigrants and refugees can succeed in New England,” noting that the life sciences industry depends on foreign-born talent and develops products that are saving and extending lives worldwide.

The International Institute of Lowell was founded as part of the John Street YWCA in 1919. In 1924, the International Institute of Boston was established, followed two years later by the establishment of the International Institute of New Hampshire. In 2001 the three sites became the IINE.

In fiscal year 2017, IINE resettled 436 refugees, representing 25% of all refugees resettled in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and provided employment and case management services to another 643 refugees beyond the initial resettlement period.

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