Gift will help accelerate the National Fund’s efforts to advance racial equity in the workforce
Washington D.C. September 29, 2023 – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is excited to announce it has received an $8 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
“We are honored and proud to receive such an extraordinary gift from Ms. Scott,” said Amanda Cage, president and CEO of the National Fund. “This is a welcome recognition of the National Fund’s deep commitment to fostering racial equity in the workforce, and underscores Ms. Scott’s commitment to supporting organizations that are driving transformative change.”
The National Fund and its network of more than 30 regional workforce collaboratives are working together to reshape the landscape of workforce development. Their efforts aim to tackle structural racial inequities that have held many individuals back, propelling the country toward a future where all workers, employers, and communities can flourish.
Ms. Scott’s one-time, unrestricted gift will allow the National Fund to strengthen its organization and broaden its impact. It comes at a pivotal time, as the National Fund is set to begin a strategic planning process this fall that will set a course toward the next exciting phase of its work. Above all, it gets the National Fund closer to realizing its vision of ensuring that all workers have the resources they need to thrive, that race does not dictate employment outcomes, and that all jobs are good jobs.
“The National Fund board is tremendously grateful for Ms. Scott’s generosity,” said Whitney Smith, chairperson of the National Fund’s Board of Directors. “As a long-serving member of the board, I’ve witnessed the organization evolve to respond to changes in our labor market and field, and I know our work is more important than ever. This recognition is a testament to Amanda’s passionate leadership, as well as the hard work of our staff and network members. I am excited for the impact this investment will have on our mission.”
About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions envisions an equitable future where all workers have the resources required to thrive, race does not dictate employment outcomes, and all jobs are good jobs. We are a recognized leader in establishing and scaling effective strategies that foster racial equity in the workforce to help communities thrive. Our dynamic national network is comprised of more than 30 regional workforce collaboratives that convene cross-sector stakeholders and align resources toward collective action for greater impact. Our four solutions — activating employers to make jobs better, equipping workers for success, changing systems for improved outcomes, and co-investing for impact — are how we work to achieve our goals. Learn more at www.NationalFund.org.