New Report: Connecting Young Adults to Skills and Jobs 

The National Fund just released a comprehensive report on its efforts to prepare young adults for successful employment. Connecting Young Adults to Skills and Jobs documents efforts in more than 10 communities to use industry partnerships to train and place…

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Walmart Invests $2.8m to Support Retail Workers

The National Fund is launching a new effort focused on building greater opportunity for America’s retail workers. Through a generous $2.8 million grant from Walmart, the National Fund will provide $100,000 per year for three years to three of its partner…

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Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Kelly Ryan

Partners Council member and CEO of the Incourage Foundation in Wisconsin Rapids, Kelly Ryan recently published, "Increasing Impact: People and Place at the Center" in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the article Kelly shares how the community foundation is catalyzing innovation and…

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Apprenticeships in Healthcare: A Growing Trend! 

Healthcare employers have always recognized the value of guided hands-on learning, but now more are turning to the time-tested earn-and-learn training model of apprenticeships to develop skilled labor in their organizations. By combining hands-on training with classroom instruction, apprenticeships for…

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Meet Joanne Pokaski CareerSTAT's Newest Leader

After two years of dedicated service, Molly Seals is stepping down as Chair of the CareerSTAT Executive Committee. Her leadership has shaped CareerSTAT's mission and has been essential in deepening CareerSTAT's work. Her passion, focus and insight will be missed,…

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Four Partners Receive Job Quality Grants

The National Fund awarded four partner communities—Cincinnati, OH; Baltimore, MD; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; and Wichita, KS — with $50,000 grants to work with local employers on incorporating job quality elements into their business strategies. National Fund collaboratives will focus on incorporating new hiring…

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation Awards $200,000 for Young Adults

The Annie E. Casey Foundation continued its investment in the National Fund’s Young Adult Initiatives with a one-year grant of $200,000. The grant will build the capacity of National Fund collaboratives to implement and expand programs for young adults, and will support…

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The Hitachi Foundation Invests $500,000

In one of their final grants before they closed in December, The Hitachi Foundation awarded the National Fund $500,000 to support its work with businesses in producing good jobs and building prosperous communities. The grant will support National Fund operations with a focus on…

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BLU Calls on Congress to #InvestInSkills

Last week, BLU leaders met in Washington calling for greater investments in skills development and job training. Representing diverse regions and industries, 75 business leaders met with 80 congressional offices to advocate for better federal workforce policy including supporting industry…

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Washington DC Launches IT & Health Care Partnerships

The Workforce Collaborative in Washington D.C. is proud to partner with its newest member, JPMorgan Chase & Co., to launch Greater Washington Works to support new investments in regional industry sector partnerships in IT/Cybersecurity and Healthcare. The Collaborative plans to invest up to…

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