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2022 Workforce Grantmakers Directory

Early in the new year, Workforce Matters will be releasing our first Workforce Grantmakers Directory to help our members find + connect with peer grantmakers who share their interests. You must opt in by December 31st to have your information included in the directory + receive your free copy.

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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 calendar

Expert Panel Discussion on Good Jobs Challenge

Dec 17 2:00 PM ET | U.S. Economic Development Administration | Online

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States Leading on Micro-Credentials

Jan 11 2:00 PM ET | Hunt Institute | Online

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new information + resources

Investing in higher education for single mothers to transform the U.S. economy

Philanthropy News Digest | Read the Article

The Year the American Rescue Plan Made: 2021 in Review

Roosevelt Institute | Read the Blog Post

Youth Policy: How Can We Smooth the Rocky Pathway to Adulthood?

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce | Read the Report

Three lessons for boosting postsecondary education and wages in Black-majority cities

The Brookings Institution | Read the Report

Overlooked (Part One): Foundation Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Communities

The Center for Effective Philanthropy | Read the Study

Overlooked (Part Two): Foundation Support for Native American Leaders and Communities

The Center for Effective Philanthropy | Read the Study

Promising Approaches for Connecting Opportunity Youth to Registered Apprenticeships

JFF Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning | Visit the Guide



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 openings for a Program Officer and Senior Program OfficerLearn More

US Department of Commerce recently announced the 60 finalists for the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $1 billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” – the marquee of EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs – that aims to boost economic pandemic recovery and rebuild American communities, including some that have been grappling with decades of disinvestment. Finalists will now compete for Phase 2 of the Challenge, which will award 20-30 regional coalitions up to $100 million to implement 3-8 projects that support an industry sector. The deadline for Phase 2 is March 15, 2022. Learn More

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.

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund recently announced USD$1.8 million in new grants to 12 organizations that are working with employers and workers across the U.S. and Canada to advance more inclusive practices that improve economic mobility for immigrants and refugees. Learn More

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is awarding $1.2 million to nine communities to address labor market challenges currently affecting the service sector. These awards are part of a $4.1 million investment from Walmart, made in 2020, to continue engaging service sector employers to improve job quality. Learn More