On December 1, 2015, Ceiba's Unauthorized Immigrant Asset Building project was voted the 3rd Best Anti Poverty Solution at a forum hosted by the Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab and its literary counterpart, the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Ceiba's project uses free tax return preparation for unauthorized immigrants as a gateway to asset building.
The competition was rigorous and lasted a year. More than 60 organizations entered the contest. Fifteen of them passed to the semifinal round where they received:
- 12 weeks of instruction at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
- Consultations with experienced social innovation entrepreneurs to enhance core comptencies.
- The opportunity to participate in a Business Plan Pitch Competition at the forum.
Ceiba secured its 3rd place finish with its pitch before members of Philadelphia's philanthropic and social innovations community.
For more details on Ceiba's participation in this competition, visit the Social Innovations Lab webpage or read the letter below.