Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership Inc

Vestavia, AL   |
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Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership Inc

EIN: 84-3210964


We are an interfaith group of laypersons, clergy, community organizations who have come together for the purpose of helping refugees and asylum-seekers, in light of the current global refugee crisis. We are located in Birmingham, Alabama. The group does not engage in any proselytizing or promotion of any particular religion or political affiliation. Our goal is to support refugees and asylum-seekers locally and globally by: 1. Educating the community and elected officials about the current refugee crisis and the process of refugee resettlement; 2. Advocating for policies that address the root causes of the refugee crisis, and that increase U.S. support for refugees; and 3. Providing direct support for refugees and asylum-seekers in the US and in the Birmingham community.

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Executive Director

Dr. Lynda Wilson


Dr. Meredith Gartin

Main address

2641 Paden Pl

Vestavia, AL 35226 USA

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Subject area info

Individual liberties


Diversity and intergroup relations

Human services

Immigrants' rights

Population served info




NTEE code info

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Gift Distribution (P58)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Programs

Our Education Committee develops and sponsors numerous educational programs for the community focused on the global and local migration crisis. One of these educational programs is a refugee simulation that teaches community members, through participation in a volunteer-run simulation, what life is like inside a refugee camp.

Our Communications Committee develops written material to educate readers about migration, asylum, and the barriers asylum seekers face in the United States. This committee also sends a monthly newsletter with educational information about current immigration policies and events to an audience of over 500 readers.

Our Direct Support Committee also works to educate asylum-seeking Partners in English, financial literacy, and resource mapping through regular volunteer tutoring sessions.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers
Refugees and displaced people
People of Central American descent
Single parents

Our Advocacy Committee recommends priorities, strategies, and actions to advocate for the support of refugees and asylum seekers. This committee is also responsible for planning educational programs focused on addressing the mission of the organization, and identifying other partners who might co-sponsor these programs.

Members of this committee meet on a quarterly basis with political representatives of Birmingham and the state of Alabama to educate them about current issues related to immigration and asylum, urging them to take action.

Advocacy efforts are typically done in partnership with other local organizations and stakeholders concerned with immigration. In 2021, the Advocacy Committee joined over 400 members of an immigration action coalition encouraging people to contact their congressional representatives during a virtual advocacy day to discuss actions in support of asylum seekers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People of Central American descent
Single parents
Asylum seekers
Refugees and displaced people

The Direct Support Committee coordinates and provides support for asylum seekers and refugees in the Birmingham area. This support includes financial assistance for rent, food, health care, legal fees, and other needs, as well as volunteer support to assist with needs such as transportation, English lessons, and cultural orientation.

Direct Support volunteers work to identify community resources such as housing programs, food and diaper banks, and public transportation to help the asylum seekers fulfill their basic needs and achieve self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers
Refugees and displaced people
People of Central American descent

Rooted in the tradition and principles of how Americans have helped "the huddled masses yearning to breathe free," ALIRP believes in the rights of refugees and asylum seekers regardless of status or country of origin. ALIRP believes migration and seeking safety is a human right, and works to ensure those who choose to seek safety in Birmingham are set up for success. Our organization seeks to support asylum seekers and refugees both locally and globally and to stand as individuals and as a community.

Population(s) Served
Refugees and displaced people
Asylum seekers
People of Central American descent

Where we work


Global Partnership 2022

Global Ties

Affiliations & memberships

Global Ties Global Partnership Award 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our specific goals are

1. Educating the community and elected officials about the current refugee crisis and the process of refugee resettlement;
2. Advocating for policies that address the root causes of the refugee crisis, and that increase U.S. support for refugees; and
3. Providing direct support for refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States and in the Birmingham community.

The ALIRP is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit 501C3 charitable organization. We have no paid staff. Our 11-member board of directors provides overall guidance and decision-making for the organization. The Treasurer, Vice-President, and President serve as members of the one board committee (Finance) and assume overall responsibility for the financial management of the organization. Other Board members serve as chairs or co-chairs of our five advisory committees (Advocacy, Communications, Direct Support/Volunteer, Education, and Fundraising/Outreach). Volunteers serve on each of these committees and help us to achieve our goals and objectives. Volunteers indicate their interest in serving on a committee by filling out an online Volunteer Interest Form. A member of our Direct Support/Volunteer Committee connects volunteers with the committee that best fits their interest. All volunteers complete a volunteer orientation program. Volunteers who provide direct support or serve on care teams for the refugee or asylum-seeking Partners we serve, must also complete a background check and sign a Volunteer Agreement form. ALIRP Friends and Supporters who are not interested in serving as volunteers can also support the ALIRP by signing up for our bi-monthly newsletter, and by making financial contributions.
Specific actions projected for 2021 are listed below under each of the three main goals of the organization.
1. Educating the community and elected officials about the current refugee crisis and the process of refugee resettlement, the challenges faced by asylum-seekers, and general immigration-related issues
The ALIRP Education Committee plans to sponsor or co-sponsor at least four community-wide educational programs in 2021 focused on the current global and local migration crisis. Because of the COVID pandemic, we anticipate that most of these programs will be held virtually over the Zoom platform.
2. Advocating for policies that address the root causes of the refugee crisis, and that increase U.S. support for refugees
The ALIRP Advocacy Committee plans to develop an Advocacy toolkit in order to prepare committee members for effective advocacy initiatives. In addition, the committee will monitor changes in immigration policy proposed by the new Biden administration, participate in a Virtual Advocacy Day in April 2021 organized by the Refugee Council USA, and develop advocacy fact sheets and position papers to disseminate via social media and other venues.
3. Providing direct support for refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States and in the Birmingham community.
The ALIRP Direct Support/Volunteer Committee has a goal of sustaining partial or full support to at least 10 refugee or asylum-seeking families in 2021 with the goal to increase resources so we may provide support to a greater number of partners. The committee will also partner with other community organizations in order to mobilize and navigate support for the Partner f

The ALIRP has 11 board members who each commit to offering at least 8 hours of service to the organization per month. Each board member is a chair or co-chair of one of the organization's 8 committees (Advocacy, Direct Support, Education, Fundraising, Communications, Outreach, Finance, and Volunteer Engagement). The organization has over 70 active volunteers who help achieve our tri-partite mission of providing education, advocacy, and direct assistance to support refugees and asylum-seekers globally and locally. In 2021 the organization partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to hire its first paid staff member, an AmeriCorps/VISTA Service Member. The organization also has strong partnerships with many other faith-based and community organizations which help it to achieve its goals.

In 2021, Over 77% of the grants and donations received by the ALIRP were used to provide direct support for asylum-seekers, with the remaining 23% used for administrative expenses. This year the ALIRP has hired our first paid staff member, an AmeriCorps/VISTA Service member, who is making significant contributions to all three of our missions and helping us as we expand our services to help more families.
In 2021, the ALIRP has done much to address our three missions of direct support, advocacy, and education. We are currently providing direct support to 53 individuals in 17 asylum-seeking families. This support includes providing donations of food, clothing, and furniture, and providing financial support to help with rent, utilities, health care, educational, and legal expenses. Volunteers have worked with families to help them obtain health services, including COVID vaccines and required school immunizations. They have also helped with school registration, tutoring, and served as a source of ongoing support as the families adjust to life in a new country.
Our education programs in 2021 have included a Virtual Film night featuring the film “Paper Children,” two Virtual Book Discussions (The Ungrateful Refugee, and Somewhere in the Unknown World-A Collective Refugee Memoir), two programs on the global refugee crisis, a program on global climate migration, and a program focused on “Refugees Among Us: Cultural Competence and Public Health Challenges.” We have also launched a partnership with the One Small Step initiative of Story Corps to record conversations about issues related to immigration.
Our advocacy initiatives in 2021 have included partnering with the Refugee Council, USA and with Episcopal Migration Ministries on Virtual Advocacy Days in April and September 2021. ALIRP board members and volunteers met with staff from the offices of our Alabama Senators and US Congressional Representatives to discuss issues related to immigration reform and support for Afghan refugees. We have also supported several advocacy initiatives organized by the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

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Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Dr. Lynda Wilson

Lynda Wilson serves as Executive Director and Immediate Past President of the Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership (2022-2024). Dr. Wilson is a Professor Emerita from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience in global health, as well as a passion for serving refugees and asylum seekers locally and globally.


Meredith Gartin

Dr. Meredith Gartin served as Board Member and Chair of the ALIRP Advocacy Committee (2020-2022) and was elected to serve as Board President (2022-2024). She has a PhD in Global Health from Arizona State University as well as a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Sociology, from the University of Georgia and Auburn University, respectively. Meredith is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Health Policy and Organization and School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Much of Meredith's professional work has focused on ways to build capacity for immigrants and refugees in the US and abroad. In more recent years, with the pressures of more climate refugees worldwide, Meredith's interest in advocacy for people who have been displaced has come to the forefront of her career. Meredith has worked with Lantinx migrants in Arizona, refugees in West Africa, and South East Asian refugees in Ohio.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/03/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Lynda Wilson

April Jackson-MacLennan

State of Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

Elishua Markham

Kings Ranch

Donna Dahl

Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership

Rachel Hagues

Samford University

Farook Chandiwala

Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership

Karina Cortes

Oak Tree Ministries

Meredith Gartin

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health

Divya Annamalai

University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Center for Global Health

Jonathan Diaz

University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine

Amy Cottrill

Birmingham-Southern College

Allison Cobb

Corporate America Credit Union

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/8/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.