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All donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. A copy of the Institute’s most recent IRS Form 990 is available. On-line donations are processed by PayPal, a secure payment system that accepts all major credit cards.

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Tao Fund, refugee assistance emergency fund
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International Institute's New Beginning's Campaign

Join the St. Louis community in support of the New Beginnings Campaign for the International Institute of St. Louis. By investing now, you show your support for the future of the IISTL and its services for immigrants and refugees.


Please take a moment to read this inspirational story of Rekan. His story illustrates the amazing determination that immigrants bring to America!

RekanTell people you aren’t going to regret foreigners coming here; tell people about me,” says Rekan. Sponsored by the Institute, he and his immediate family were welcomed for resettlement through the resources of the US Refugee Program in 2009.

Today, Rekan, 28, is a thriving entrepreneur who is also completing petroleum engineering and geology degrees at Missouri Science & Technology. Meanwhile, he is studying for his US citizenship exam which he plans to take by year-end. By birth, Rekan is a Kurd from Northern Iraq -- a vulnerable population on which ISIS has been waging war in recent months.

Rekan and his family were forced to flee their homeland. His brother had worked for the US Armed Forces as a translator, driver and security guard. When the US military withdrawal commenced, his family was threatened. His brother was accused of being a traitor to his country and to his religion. So, Rekan’s family sought safety in America. He left behind extended family and friends, the comfortable life he had built in Iraq, and an almost complete university degree.

Starting over was a challenge for Rekan despite his many talents and assets. He applied for more than 100 jobs during his first seven months in St. Louis. Meanwhile, he attended our language classes. Once his English improved, we helped Rekan get his first job in the deli department at Schnucks.

Three years later with a microloan from the Institute’s Small Business Center, Rekan opened Best Used Cars, just yards away from his first job site! His mission is to provide fellow immigrants with affordable, reliable used cars — essential for economic progress and integration in St. Louis.

Rekan’s story has barely begun; it has many chapters yet to be written. You can be sure that they will be filled with personal and professional achievements that will benefit not only his family but the community at large.

I want to give where it is most needed!

$25 Hour of interpreting $250 Seeds for one urban garden growing season
$50 Week of food for family $500 Three months of English classes for each student
$100 Financial literacy class$1,000 Employment training for first job!


William K. Y Tao Family Refugee Resettlement Fund

Refugees frequently arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. They must rely on an extremely modest federal resettlement grant and support from their receiving communities. Donations of all sizes are an important means of providing essentials to newcomers and addressing emergencies as they arise. Click below to make a donation to the Tao Resettlement Fund.


Payment received by newly arrived refugees below cover initial three-month period unless otherwise noted.

Household Size Single
2 People3 People4 People5 People
Spending Money $20$30$30$40$40
Security Deposit$500$500$550$650$700
Rent (3 months)$1,500$1,500$1,650$1,950$2,100
Home Set-Up $400 $600 $700 $850 $1,000
Utilities (3 months)$390$390$390$390$390
Food @ $5/each$150$300$450$600$750
Bus Pass (1 month) $72 $144 $144 $180 $252
Subtotal - Expense $3,032 $3,464 $3,914 $4,660 $5,232
Resettlement Allowance $925 $1,850 $2,775 $3,700 $4,625
Funding Gap ($2,107) ($1,614) ($1,139) ($960) ($607)

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International Institute Community Development Corporation (IICDC)

The IICDC is a subsidiary of the International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis and a considered a separate tax-deductible organization. Founded in 2006, the International Institute Community Development Corporation (IICDC) is a certified CDFI that assists immigrants and refugees through development services and lending to start and/or strengthen businesses. The purpose of the IICDC is to engage in economic development activities that foster thriving, secure and successful neighborhoods in St. Louis and the surrounding area where low-to-moderate income people, especially immigrants and refugees, live and work.

To help defray the costs of operating our program to start more immigrant-owned businesses. Your gift will have double impact, helping immigrants achieve greater economic self-sufficiency AND strengthening our local economy through small business development and job creation.

Your gift of any size is important! Please donate today!