National Fund for Workforces Solutions Welcomes Northeast Ohio to its Extensive Network of Regional Collaborative Sites
The Fund for Our Economic Future joins the National Fund network, working to build shared prosperity in the Northeast Ohio region.
Regional funder collaboratives are the heart of the National Fund for Workforce Solution’s mission. They bring together diverse community partners to help individuals develop new skills and access a good job, businesses find trained employees, and communities generate inclusive prosperity. The National Fund is excited to welcome Cleveland-based Fund for Our Economic Future into its network of over 30 regional funder collaboratives.
The Fund for Our Economic Future is a philanthropic collaborative in Northeast Ohio working to advance economic growth and increased access to opportunity for all people through efforts that improve job creation, job preparation and job access. The Fund’s job preparation work is focused on supporting system fundamentals to improve workforce outcomes, specifically, through sector-based workforce partnerships.
“We are excited to have Northeast Ohio’s Fund for Our Economic Future join our network and to add a second site in Ohio,” said National Fund President and CEO Fred Dedrick. Over the past decade, the National Fund has expanded its network to over 30 communities, among them Cincinnati, working with hundreds of business, philanthropic, and workforce leaders. “We look forward to working with our new partners on a good jobs and workforce strategy that builds a more prosperous community in Northeast Ohio.”
The Northeast Ohio Fund also works on specific initiatives, such as skills-based hiring and youth apprenticeships, to improve job quality and build career pathways while reducing barriers, to job placement and advancement.
“The National Fund’s priority to advocate for community prosperity and opportunity for all is directly in line with our dual mission of bringing both growth and opportunity to the Northeast Ohio region,” said Fund for Our Economic Future Vice President Bethia Burke. “Our inclusive growth framework, which has guided our work over the course of our 15-year history, and our focus on systemic solutions to creating good jobs with career pathways, make us a natural fit to join the National Fund.”
About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a national network promoting economic opportunity and prosperous communities through investment and innovation. Based in Washington D.C., the National Fund partners with philanthropy, employers, workers, public and private community organizations, and more than 30 regional collaboratives to invest in skills, improve systems, and generate good jobs. The National Fund supports civic and business leaders in promoting evidence-based practices and policies that build shared prosperity. Learn more about the National Fund and its local partners at www.NationalFund.org.
About the Fund for Our Economic Future
The Fund for Our Economic Future is an alliance of funders — foundations, corporations, universities, business and civic associations, and government entities — who pool their resources and know-how to advance economic growth and increase access to opportunity for all people of Northeast Ohio, an approach called Growth & Opportunity. The Fund ensures Growth & Opportunity is advanced across the region by empowering its members and local leaders and making strategic grants to improve job creation, job preparation and job access. Since its founding in 2004, the Fund has raised nearly $100 million for its efforts, which have helped retain or create 33,900 jobs, add $1.5 billion in payroll, and attract $8.4 billion in capital to Northeast Ohio.