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Meet the Funder: Ashley McIver

"...the role of philanthropy can be pivotal if capital and resources are used strategically and equitably."

Ashley McIver is a Senior Philanthropy Officer at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Ashley has been a member of the Workforce Matters Steering Committee since 2019 and currently serves as Co-Chair.

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Funder-to-Funder Discussion: Youth Workforce Grantmaking

Thursday, 02/24 at 2:30 pm ET

We're kicking off our 2022 funder-to-funder discussion series on February 24th with a conversation about youth workforce development grantmaking. During this one-hour, informal Zoom meeting, you'll have an opportunity to network with colleagues, ask questions, and exchange information about your work. Ranita Jain of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Isa Ellis of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Elizabeth Cheung of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will kick off our conversation by sharing some lessons learned from their grantmaking.

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Please note that our Funder-to-Funder Discussion series is reserved for grantmakers.

ICYMI: 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?

New Resource: Career Pathways and Equity

Workforce Matters was proud to participate in a year-long process led by International Rescue Committee and involving 12 national practitioner, policymaker, and funder partners to develop two new resources on career pathways and equity:

on our calendars 

Advancing Racial Justice and Equity in Public Policy

Feb 11 1:00 pm ET | Urban Institute | Online

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FMLA at 29–What's the Impact for Working Women?

Feb 11 1:00 pm ET | USDOL Women's Bureau | Online
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National Skills Coalition Skills Summit

Feb 15-17  | National Skills Coalition | Online
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Public Viewpoint: New Research Shows the Significant Value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Feb 16 2:00 pm ET | Strada Education Network | Online
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Advancing US and German Apprenticeship Best Practices

Feb 22 12:00 pm ET | Urban Institute | Online
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Equity in Focus, Job Creation for a Just Society 

Feb 24 12:30 pm ET | USDOL Women's Bureau/Cornell Worker's Institute | Online
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Industry Certifications Landscape Study

Mar 3 1:00 pm ET | Workcred, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University | Online
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Trust-Based Philanthropy in 4D Learning Series

Mar 3, Mar 31, and May 5 | 1:00 ET
The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, in partnership with Environmental Grantmakers Association, Blue Sky Funders Forum, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

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Expanding the Evidence Base on Workforce Training for Economic Mobility

Mar 9 2:30 pm ET | WorkRise | Online

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2022 Annual Budget and Tax Briefing

April 6, 13, 20, and 27th | Economic Opportunity Funders

GCIR 2022 National Convening

May 10-12 2022 | Houston, TX | Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Horizons Conference

June 7-8 2022 | New Orleans, LA | Jobs for the Future

NFG 2022 National Convening

June 14-16 2022 | Wilmington, NC | Neighborhood Funders Group

AFN Biennial National Conference 2022

September 13-15 2022 | Oakland, CA | Asset Funders Network

new information + resources 

Botched policy responses to globalization have decimated manufacturing employment with often overlooked costs for Black, Brown, and other workers of color

Economic Policy Institute
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Companies need to confront how work conditions affect the well-being of their employees

Fast Company
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Employer Training Survey 2021

New America Center on Education & Labor Education Policy
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Frontline Workers More Likely to Report Symptoms of Anxiety, Depressive Disorder

U.S. Census Bureau
Read the Article

Full employment and living wages for Black workers: The unfinished demands of MLK

The Hill
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Gender Pay Gap Widens as Women Age

U.S. Census Bureau
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Goodbye “Race Neutrality”—The Case for Race-Conscious Economic Policy

Read the Article

How We Can Advance Support for Racial Equity and Racial Justice Funding

Peak Grantmaking
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The Labor Leverage Ratio: A New Measure That Signals a Worker-Driven Recovery

Roosevelt Institute
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New Evidence Shows Internal Labor Markets Favor Higher-Wage over Lower-Wage Workers

WorkRise Network
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nTIDE January 2022 Jobs Report: People with disabilities build on job gains to break historic records

Kessler Foundation
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Grantmakers for Thriving Youth and the Youth Transition Funders Group invite you to share your insights via their five-minute survey, Who Funds the Education Success of Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care, and the Justice System? The survey is part of a broader effort to understand which funders focus on the education success of youth in the US who are homeless and/or systems-involved. If you have questions about this effort, please contact Stephanie Malia Krauss at stephanie@ytfg.org.
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WorkRise, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers, and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute, has awarded $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.
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The ECMC Foundation is hiring a Program Officer who will develop, manage, and evaluate a portfolio of grants, focused on piloting innovative approaches and scaling promising practices to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds.
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The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is hiring a Director of Career Pathways who will oversee portfolio of Career Pathways grants and serve as site director for Pathways to Work, United Way’s signature career pathways program in partnership with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and JPMorgan Chase.
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Nominate an outstanding worker justice leader for the 2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award for a chance to receive a $20,000 stipend. Created in partnership with Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy, the Discount Foundation Legacy Award was launched in 2015 to commemorate and carry on the legacy of the Foundation’s decades-long history of supporting leading edge organizing in the worker justice arena. Nominations are due online by March 7.
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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.
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CLASP is currently accepting applications for a range of positions:

Presented by United Philanthropy Forum, in partnership with the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector, registration is now open for this year's Foundations on the Hill (April 5-7).
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