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Announcing The Fund for Workforce Equity

The Fund for Workforce Equity is a new pooled fund organized by Workforce Matters to spark innovative strategies to center workers and learners of color in the design and implementation of workforce policies and programs. Interested in learning more?

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Please note that our January info session is reserved for potential fund contributors. If you are a potential grantseeker, please click here to be added to the contact list for future announcements.

January 2022 New Member Office Hours

Looking for an intro to all things Workforce Matters and information about how to get more involved? Join us for our monthly Office Hours, where you'll have an opportunity to share information about your interests, learn more about our programs, and connect with other workforce grantmakers who are also seeking out learning and partnership opportunities. Our next Office Hours will be Friday, January 14th at 12:00 pm eastern.

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on our calendars 

Remaking the Economy: Advocacy and Community, the Delicate Balance

Jan 20 2:00 pm ET | Nonprofit Quarterly | Online

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Race Equity Culture Fellowship Informational Webinar

Feb 2 12:00 pm ET | GEO | Online

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Equity Insights with Jhumpa Bhattacharya

Feb 2 3:00 pm ET |Asset Funders Network | Online

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Human Capital Decisions and the Future of Work

Feb 8 7:00 pm ET | Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond | Hybrid

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new information + resources 

Building State Career Pathways Systems

National Skills Coalition | Browse the Toolkit

Digital Skills Discussion Guide

Aspen Institute | Download the Guide

Employment Numbers Suggest Young People Face Barriers in Recovery from Pandemic

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas | Read the Blog Post

Job Quality Outcome Maps

National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Access the Tool

Reimagining Workforce Development: Building Worker Power through Workforce Training Programs

Roosevelt Institute | Read the Series of Briefs

Stop calling workers "low skill"

Vox | Read the article



JFF is accepting applications for a new Head of Policy, a key leader with a significant voice in the future and continued success of JFF, working to advance nonpartisan, practice-informed state and federal public policy that supports economic advancement for all. Learn More JFF is also seeking 25 individuals for full-time, paid summer internships. Summer interns will gain hands-on experience working on challenging projects in a variety of areas across the organization. The deadline to apply is January 21st. Learn More

The Asset Funders Network is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the organization as the North Texas Program Officer. The Program Officer will have deliverables with a particular focus on cultivating and facilitating the North Texas AFN Steering Committee, engaging area funders and financial institutions in local AFN activities as well as aligning with goals and strategies established by the regional chapter. Learn more.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s vision is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. The foundation currently has an opening for a Senior Program Officer.

The Kessler Foundation recently opened its 2022 Signature Employment Grant Cycle. These grants support innovative solutions with potential for public or private replication. Success is ideas that spark new models to increase employment for people with disabilities. For 2022, the foundation has a special interest in projects that address the intersection of race, class, gender, disability and poverty within the framework of helping individuals with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter the job market following injury. The deadline to apply is February 22, 2022. Learn more.

CHANGE Philanthropy recently announced the launch of the 2022 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Survey recruitment. The DAPP Survey aims to help the philanthropic community better understand its workforce and leadership. While grantmakers have a number of resources to assess what issues, geographic areas, and populations are being supported by grant dollars, there is far less data on who works in the field of philanthropy. The DAPP survey solicits anonymous self-reported data from individuals on the staff and board of participating foundations, helping grantmakers to accurately assess the culture and climate of their institutions. Learn More

NFG's LIFT Fund has launched a new initiative, the Southern Workers Opportunity Fund, Southern Workers Opportunity (SWO) Fund; a new collaborative initiative that aims to deploy $20 million to support the development of a coordinated “ecosystem” of organizations and efforts in the South that can increase the collective power of workers, promote racial and gender justice, and improve the living and working conditions of workers. The Fund is now hiring a Director to manage the strategic, programmatic and operational aspects of SWO. Learn more.

WorkRise recently announced awardees of $2.4 million in research grants to inform and drive action toward strengthening economic security and mobility for workers earning low-wages in the U.S. labor market, with an emphasis on addressing equity gaps affecting Black workers and other workers of color, immigrants, and women. Learn more.