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Between Labor Day and November 1 annually, the International Institute does not directly solicit donations but instead participates in the annual United Way campaign. Please click here to learn more about how you can make a gift to help St. Louisans through the services of hundreds of local organizations, including the Institute. Thanks!

At other times of the year, we rely on support from others to help underwrite our programs and services and to respond to clients' emergency needs.

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.

Call (314) 773-9090 x 189 if you have questions or prefer to make a gift by telephone. You can also donate by mail.

Choose one of these opportunities to donate:

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Tao Fund, refugee assistance emergency fund
Donation in honor or in memory of

Please take a moment to read this inspirational story of Munawar and Mona. Their story illustrates the amazing determination that immigrants bring to America!

Father and DaughterSix-year-old Mona was away from home when the raid occurred in her village in Darfur, Sudan. Her parents were forced to leave without her and flee to Kenya with her three siblings. Her father, Munawar, would agonize over the decision for years to come.

For five years, the family lived in uncertainty, struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Finally, in 2009, they learned they were being resettled by the International Institute. In St. Louis, Institute staff provided the family with cultural orientation, and Munawar and his wife attended English classes. He also worked with employment staff to get a janitorial job.

Munawar has had several dreams. His first was to own a business. Again, Institute staff helped – this time working with Munawar to get credit counseling and prepare a business plan. Then, he received a micro-loan from us to start Kab’s Taxi Cab Company.

Today, Munawar’s business is thriving. He and his family live in a house, and his children attend excellent schools. When asked about how life is different in America, he said, “Now is much better. I drive a taxi at the airport which gives me more income to support my family.”

But Munawar had one more dream. He longed to find Mona and bring her home. With the help of Institute staff, he finally located her in Kenya. In June 2013, Mona, now 14, arrived at Lambert International Airport and ran into her father’s arms.

Munawar’s family is together again and creating a successful future here in St. Louis.

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!