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Funder Briefing with the U.S. Department of Labor

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 | 2:30-3:30pm ET

Calling all funders! Join NFG's Funders for a Just Economy for a briefing with the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern Time. At the event, USDOL staff will share an overview of its priorities and opportunities for collaboration. In particular, USDOL will discuss key elements of Build Back Better (BBB) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIB) and how to connect and coordinate with different agencies on implementation of these investments. They will also inform us about upcoming programs, reports and activities related to labor standards, job quality, and worker organizing. During the event, you will also hear about our plans for more regular communication and future events for funders and government staff to meet and coordinate.

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2022 Workforce Grantmakers Directory

In 2022, Workforce Matters will be releasing a new Directory to help you find + connect with peer grantmakers who share your interests. You must opt in by December 31st to have your information included in the directory + receive your free copy.

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December 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, December 10th at 12:00 pm eastern.

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on our calendars

National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn Webinar 

Dec 3 12:00 pm ET | Institute on Disability | Online

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American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears

Dec 9 2:00 pm ET | New America | Online

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Save the Date!

Skills Summit, National Skills Coalition, February 15-17, 2022, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

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news information + resources

Implementing Individual Career and Academic Plans at Scale

AdvanceCTE | Read the Brief

Let’s Make it Official: Youth Apprenticeship Needs a Federal Definition

New America | Read the Blogpost

The monthly jobs report ignores Native Americans. How are they faring economically?

Brookings Institution | Read the Blogpost

Stand Together: Cash Assistance Funds for Undocumented Immigrants in a Time of Crisis

GCIR | Read the Report

Unemployment Benefits for Gig Workers: Part One: How Gig Workers Shaped a Tech Solution to Improve Access to Safety Net Benefits

The Workers Lab | Read the Report 



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 Officer. Learn More

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, a family foundation, supports advocacy for social change that promotes human dignity and contributes to a more just, democratic, and environmentally sustainable world. The Trust is seeking a skilled and experienced grantmaker to serve as program officer for its Equitable Growth portfolio and to operate as a member of the management team. Learn More

Credential Engine is seeking a Project Manager to join its state team and provide support to a growing number of state and regional partnerships. Learn More

The Joint Center is hiring a Senior Policy Analyst for its growing Workforce Policy Program.  The senior policy analyst will promote policies and partnerships that ensure all Black communities have access to high-quality, well-funded pathways to economic mobility.  Learn More

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is seeking a new program officer to join the Foundation team supporting the local Flint community.  The program officer will work to develop the Foundation's grantmaking strategy for some combination of workforce development, college and career connections, neighborhoods, community economic development, and entrepreneurship. Contact the search firm.

New America is seeking a senior program manager to join the Center for Education and Labor team, supporting the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship. PAYA is a multi-year, collaborative initiative led by New America that supports the success of efforts in states and cities to expand access to high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for high school age youth. Learn More

ReWork the Bay is hiring a full-time Associate Initiative Officer who will lead implementation of multi-partner, cross-sector projects that advance policy, practice and/or narrative change in alignment with ReWork’s strategic goals. Learn More

Recognizing the challenge and strain on women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color, as the holiday season approaches this year, our colleagues at Asset Funders Network are highlighting some of their members’ favorite businesses to help spark great gift ideas. Check out their recommendations!

To support changemakers and community advocates assessing equity in communities, Urban Institute researchers have launched an updated Spatial Equity Data Tool to allow anyone to upload data to quickly assess spatial and demographic disparities. You can upload your own data or explore sample data sets by selecting a geographic area – city, county, state, or the entire U.S. – in the tool. Learn More

The Aspen Institute recently announced the launch of the Job Quality Center of Excellence, a new platform to drive improved job quality and economic dignity for workers through stakeholder engagement, idea generation, and resource sharing to support effective change and action. The Center is made possible with support from Prudential Financial. Additional supporters include the Families and Workers Fund, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. Learn More