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Workforce Grantmaking in Native + Indigenous Communities
Peer to Peer Discussion

Does your foundation make grants to support workforce development in Native or Indigenous communities? Are you interested in expanding collaboration with and support for Native and Indigenous communities? Connect with Workforce Matters and peer grantmakers to share strategies and lessons learned as well as new ideas.

Please join us Tuesday, November 30th at 1 pm CT for a peer-to-peer Zoom conversation. Our discussion will be co-hosted by Jen Racho, Northwest Area Foundation.

Space is limited. This event is free and open to any qualified grantmaker.  You must register in advance to attend.

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Career Coaching Grantmaking Discussion

Does your foundation invest in career coaching strategies? Interested in connecting with peer grantmakers to compare notes, share lessons learned from your investments, and discuss how to sustain and scale coaching?

Please join us Friday, November 12th at 1 pm CT for an informal Zoom conversation with other funders who are supporting career coaching strategies. Our discussion will be co-hosted by Monique Baptiste, JPMorgan Chase, and Kristen Titus, Cognizant Foundation.

Space is limited. This event is free and open to any qualified grantmaker.  You must register in advance to attend.

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Steering Committee Nominations are Now Open!

Workforce Matters is accepting nominations for our Steering Committee now through December 3rd. Steering Committee members provide oversight and strategic direction for the activities of the Workforce Matters network. Please consider applying to serve if you're interested in:

  • Suggesting topics for future learning opportunities and events
  • Getting to know a small group of peer grantmakers from across the country
  • Helping us develop a long-term vision for the future of Workforce Matters
  • Participating in bonus, small-group learning activities as a part of our quarterly meetings

To serve on the Steering Committee, you must be a grantmaker who works for a private, independent, family, or corporate foundation; a corporate giving program; a community foundation or other grantmaking public charity; operating foundation; funder collaborative; giving circle; or United Way. You're welcome to self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Please email us if you have any questions.

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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 to have your information included in the directory + receive your free copy. Learn more.

November 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, November 12th at 12:00 pm eastern.

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on our calendars

Gender and the Economy Conference 

Nov 8th |10:30 am ET | Federal Reserve | Online

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Mentoring Matters: The Role of Mentoring in Registered Apprenticeship Programs for Youth

Nov 8th | 3:00 pm ET | Urban Institute | Online

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The Great Resignation and Long-Term Unemployment

Nov 9th | 2:00 pm ET | Federal Reserve Bank | Online
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Remaking the Economy: Finding the Levers for System Change

Nov 10th | 2:00 pm ET | NPQ | Online

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Exchange 2021: The Systems Summit, Capturing the Moment for Equitable Systems Change

Nov 9th-10th | The Social Impact Exchange | Online

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Apprenticeship 2025: A Bold Vision for the Registered Apprenticeship System

Nov 15th | 3:00 pm ET | Urban Institute | Online

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Youth Apprenticeship: A Vision for the Future, a Plan for Today

Nov 16th | 12:00 pm ET | Jobs for the Future | Online

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Racism and the Economy: Focus on Financial Services

Nov 16th | 12:00 pm ET | Federal Reserve Bank | Online
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Human Resources as a Justice Partner

Nov 17th |12:30 pm ET | Nonprofit Quarterly | Online
Free for Members/$69 Non-Members

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Save the Date!

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

new information + resources

The Myth of Risk: How to make good on the promise of “big bets” in philanthropy

PEAK Grantmaking
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If Not Now, When? The Urgent Need for an All-One-System Approach to Youth Policy

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce
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Credential Transparency: An Essential Part of Attaining State Goals

Credential Engine
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What the Resurgence in Employer-to-Employer Transitions Tells Us about Today’s Labor Market

Roosevelt Institute
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The Online Platform Economy through the Pandemic

JPMorgan Chase Institute
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The Markle Foundation Seeks an Associate for Training Initiatives to identify, research and improve training programs for the Rework America Alliance, a nationwide collaboration of employers, non-profits, educators, government entities, and public and private organizations working to open opportunities for millions of unemployed and low wage workers to move into good jobs, particularly people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the current economic crisis. Learn More

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

Strada Education Network has launched a $10 Million Beyond Completion Challenge in partnership with the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity. This $10 Million grant challenge is aimed at helping higher education institutions launch, test, and scale innovations that improve career and life opportunities after graduation for more students of color as well as first-generation students and those who struggle to afford education. Learn More

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund recently re-opened its funding opportunity focused on driving more inclusive employer practices. Organizations in the U.S. and Canada who are working directly with employers to advance practices that improve economic mobility for immigrants and refugees are invited to submit LOIs for 2022 funding now through November 15. Learn More

The Joint Center is seeking a capacity building consultant to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a long-term vision and operating principles for the Workforce Policy Program. Responses are requested by November 12. Learn More