Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative

The Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative (BAWFC), an Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation, is a nationally recognized collaborative led by local and national foundations to address the skills gap that leaves too many jobseekers and workers in poverty and too many employers unable to find employees with the right skills. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults.

Housed at The San Francisco Foundation, BAWFC is a partnership of 13 philanthropic foundations that leverages public and private investments to strengthen and expand the Bay Area’s workforce training system. BAWFC has made over $10 million in grants to programs that prepare low-income adults and displaced workers for jobs in high-demand industries offering family-supporting wages and career advancement opportunities. The BAWFC also supports a complementary set of policy and advocacy efforts aimed at developing sustainable funding streams for workforce training programs and strengthening the regional workforce system.

Sector Focus

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Information Technology
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Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
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Bio-Science & Bio-Manufacturing

Industry Partnerships

Bridge Program Community Partnership

To move residents from economic insecurity to self-sufficiency, the BAWFC funds community college “bridge” programs that contextualize basic Math and English skills and provide academic counseling for educationally under-prepared and marginalized low-income residents. The community-based organizations receiving these grants are providing social support services in coordination with the community college’s academic counseling and bridge programs to ensure access to and success in career technical education.