Who can participate in Workforce Matters programming?
Anyone can join our network, which will provide you with access to our newsletter, the resources on our website, and some of our webinars. Our network is free to join and most of our programming is made available at no cost.
To allow for candid discussions and open information sharing, many of our events and learning opportunities are reserved for workforce grantmakers who work for a qualifying philanthropy:
- If you are currently employed by a private, independent, family, or corporate foundation; a corporate giving program; a community foundation or other grantmaking public charity; a funder collaborative; a giving circle; or a United Way, you are qualified to participate in all of our programming for workforce grantmakers.
- If you are currently employed in a workforce grantmaking role by an operating foundation or non-traditional philanthropic venture, you may qualify – please contact us to confirm.
- If you are a consultant or advisor who is currently contracted by a private, independent, family, or corporate foundation; a corporate giving program; a community foundation or other grantmaking public charity; a funder collaborative; a giving circle; United Way, operating foundation, or non-traditional philanthropic venture to support their workforce grantmaking, you may qualify – please contact us to confirm.
How can I get involved?
The best way to get involved with Workforce Matters is to subscribe to our newsletter so you will be notified of upcoming learning and networking opportunities.
Our programming varies from month-to-month, but typically includes offerings such as:
- Informational webinars
- Funder-to-funder discussions
- Learning Labs and other communities of practice
- Learning tours
- Member networking events
We also share content about best practices, innovative approaches, and new research through our bi-monthly newsletter, blog, video archive, and original publications.
In 2022, we are launching our first pooled-fund, The Fund for Workforce Equity, and organizing our first national convening in Washington, DC from November 14-16.
Have an idea for a learning or networking discussion or a blog post? Please let us know!
Please click here if you’d like to share an announcement via the Workforce Matters newsletter.
How can I become a Supporting Member?
Supporting Member Organizations provide financial support for Workforce Matters. Recommended giving levels are sliding-scale based on member organizations’ workforce development grantmaking:
Annual workforce grantmaking budget of…
- Under $2M - $1,500
- Between $2M-$5M - $3,000
- Between $5M-$10M - $5,000
- Between $10M-$15M - $10,000
- Between $15M-$25M - $20,000
- $25M+ - $25,000+
Member organizations must contribute at least $1,500 per year to be considered a Supporting Member. Meet our Supporting Members.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Supporting Member.
How are members of the Workforce Matters Steering Committee selected?
The Workforce Matters Steering Committee provides oversight for and establishes the priorities and strategic direction of the Workforce Matters network. To be eligible to serve on our Steering Committee, you must be a qualifying grantmaker and work for a Supporting Member Organization. Nominations (and self-nominations) for new members are accepted October-November of each calendar year. New members are elected by the Steering Committee. Steering Committee members serve two-year terms. Meet our Steering Committee.