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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 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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"If we seek to build a more equitable, just society, critically examining the language we use—and the language we don’t use—must be part of that project"

Check out more highlights from our conversation with the Cognizant Foundation in the latest addition to the Workforce Matters blog, Rethinking the Lexicon of Workforce Development:

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Office Hours

Are you new to Workforce Matters? Just looking for 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 Workforce Matters, 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

National Trends in Disability Employment Lunch & Learn

Oct 22nd | 12:00 pm ET | Institute on Disability | Online

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Ensuring an equitable recovery through subsidized employment: Community-centered perspectives

Oct 26th | 1:00 pm ET | CLASP | Online

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Equity Insights with Author Dorothy A. Brown

Oct 27th | 12:00 pm ET | Asset Funders Network | Online

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Standing Together: Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Relief Funds and Immigrant Communities

Oct 27th | 1:00 pm ET | Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees | Online

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Advance CTE 2021 Fall Meeting

Oct 27-28th | 11:30 pm ET | Online

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Apprenticeships During the Pandemic: Cross-National Lessons Learned in Germany and the US

Oct 29th | 12:00 pm ET | Urban Institute | 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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How to Diversify Your Manufacturing Workforce

Nov 4th | 2:00 pm ET | JFF Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning | Online

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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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new information + resources

How Foundations Can Foster Diversity and Inclusion

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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Build Back Better Advances Equity for Children and Families


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The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship Data Framework: A Program's Guide to Youth Apprenticeship Data

New America

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Learn and Earn at Community College: Using HEERF Funds and Federal Work-Study to Expand Campus Jobs Programs

New America

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Principles to Support Black Workers in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings 

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

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Racial Equity and Job Quality: Causes Behind Racial Disparities and Possibilities to Address Them

Urban Institute

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How to Advance Corporate Diversity in Compliance with the Law: A Toolkit

WilmerHale / The Joint Center

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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

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Education Strategy Group (ESG) are launching the Noncredit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL), a two-year initiative to support ten community college governance units’ efforts to develop new or improved pathways between noncredit and credit programs. The project is supported by a $1.2 million grant from ECMC Foundation. For more information on the NCAL initiative and instructions on how to apply, please see the full RFP. All proposals must be received electronically on or before November 1, 2021.

JFF will be awarding $50,000 grants to three organizations across the country that are working to build regional IT career pathways. Google.org is funding this grant program to support the development of digital jobs strategies that reflect the needs of local economies. JFF is accepting applications through November 1, 2021. 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

Know an organization that works tirelessly to defend and advocate for low-wage workers’ rights? Nominate them for the Law & Social Policy Legacy Award. This $10,000 award is open to any organization working in the field of law and social policy to advance low-wage workers’ rights in the United States. Nominated organizations may be of any size or budget and work may have just started or occurred over years. Individuals are not eligible. Anyone can make a nomination, and self-nominations are allowed. All nominations must be submitted using Economic Opportunity Funders’ online application.  Find requirements, submission form, timeline and more in their FAQ.