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Welcome to Our Newest
 Steering Committee Members!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Steering Committee members: Abbey Carlton of Indeed, Patti Constantakis of, Dr. Lauren N. King of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Jen Racho of the Northwest Area Foundation.

In addition, congratulations to Elizabeth Cheung of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Kermit Kaleba of the Lumina Foundation, Elaine Katz of the Kessler Foundation, Ashley McIver of the Communities Foundation of Texas, and Monica Munn of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund for being re-elected to additional terms.

Ashley McIver and Elizabeth Cheung will serve as our Co-Chairs for 2022 and Monica Munn will serve as our Treasurer.

Sadly, we also bid farewell to several departing Steering Committee members: Gayatri Agnew of, Roderick Jenkins of the New York Community Trust, Jonathan Njus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Josh Winter. A heartfelt thank you to all of you for sharing your time and expertise with our network.


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.


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?


Workforce Grantmaking in Tribal Nations and Indigenous Communities

In late November, with leadership from member Jen Racho of the Northwest Area Foundation, Workforce Matters hosted a peer-to-peer conversation for funders supporting or interested in supporting workforce development in Native and Indigenous communities. In a new blog post, Workforce Matters Co-Director Loh-Sze Leung highlights some of the key take-aways from their conversation.

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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, February 11th at 12:00 pm eastern.

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on our calendars 

 Supporting Career Pathways Systems Through Braiding Funding

Jan 31 1:00 pm ET | AdvanceCTE | Online

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Equity Insights with Jhumpa Bhattacharya

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

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Trust-Based Philanthropy in 4D Learning Series

Feb 3, 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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How Antitrust Failed Workers

Feb 8 3:00 pm ET | New America | Online

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Advancing Racial Justice and Equity in Public Policy

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

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Save the Date!

2022 Annual Budget and Tax Briefing

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

GCIR 2022 National Convenving

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

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

2022 Convening

Nov 14-26 | Washington, DC | Workforce Matters


new information + resources 

A Moment of Opportunity: The COVID-Era Job Market for Noncollege Workers

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

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USDOL Announces 'Good Jobs' Initiative

US Department of Labor

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December 2021 COVID Update - National Trends in Disability Employment

Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire

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December’s Jobs report reveals a growing racial employment gap, especially for Black women


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The Colleges Where Low-Income Students Get the Highest ROI

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

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Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity: 
A Three-Part Series

W.K. Kellogg Foundation in collaboration with Community Science

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The Promise of Targeted Universalism: Community Leaders Respond

Nonprofit Quarterly and Prosperity Now

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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.

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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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