New! A Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders

Developed in collaboration with a working group of our members, this new Framework is intended to identify concrete ways for funders in the workforce development field to interrupt the systemic racism embedded within the field’s practices, policies, and programs; the institution of philanthropy; our own organizations; and the labor market in communities we serve.

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Now Open: 2021 Member Survey

In advance of the annual planning meeting of the Workforce Matters Steering Committee in February, we want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to respond to our brief, six-question survey about your learning interests and preferences so that we'll be able to design 2021 programming that aligns with your needs.

But wait...there's more! Individuals who respond to the survey before 5pm central on January 31st will be invited to share the name of one of their favorite workforce development nonprofits. We'll enter the name of each nominated nonprofit into a drawing and award a $500 charitable contribution to one lucky organization.

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2021 Federal Workforce Policy Preview

Curious about how emerging federal policy proposals and budget priorities might shape the context for your work in 2021 and beyond? With a new Congress and presidential term beginning in January 2021, many research, analysis, and advocacy organizations are beginning to roll out their 2021 recommendations. For your quick reference and comparison, we’re compiling them here as new publications come across our desks.

About Us

Workforce Matters is a national network of funders that draws on expert and practitioner knowledge to strengthen workforce development philanthropy and advance equitable access to quality education and employment for young people and adults.

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Interested in connecting with your peers to share lessons learned? Trying to stay abreast of key issues and promising practices? Join one of our webinars, networking dinners, site visits, or online events.

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Latest Updates

Dec 18 News + Updates

what we’re up to Congratulations to our newest Steering Committee members! Please join us in welcoming our newest Steering Committee members: Monique Baptiste, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Laura Burgher, Annie E. Casey Foundation Isa Ellis, Read more…

Dec 4 News + Updates

what we’re up to Insights from Our Members In our newest guest post, Robin Kramer of The Smidt Foundation discusses findings from two studies the Foundation commissioned through its Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Initiative: A JFF Read more…