Frequently Asked Questions about Workforce Matters
Who created the network?
A group of foundation leaders agreed to form the network after reviewing a feasibility study prepared by Angel Bermudez and Anna Wadia in June 2009. The feasibility study found considerable interest among foundations in:
A venue for discussing research, determining priorities or influencing policy
Information about metrics and evaluation, green jobs and reaching hard-to-serve populations
The opportunities presented by the current economic and political situation
A steering committee was formed to develop parameters for the Workforce Matters.
How does Workforce Matters interact with groups focused on related issues such as education, literacy, labor and community development?
One of Workforce Matters’ core principles is to leverage and tap into the work of existing networks. When appropriate, we will post the meetings and events notices for other organizations, affinity groups and networks and co-sponsor discussions or webinars.
What services or activities does Workforce Matters provide?
Among the activities and services Workforce Matters provides our members:
Membership in Workforce Matters is open to all foundations, giving programs, affinity groups, regional associations of grantmakers, and intermediary groups that support funders. An individual may also be eligible for membership if he or she meets a minimum threshold of charitable giving. Members of Workforce Matters should act primarily as grantmakers, not as grant seekers, and demonstrate interest in and commitment to workforce development issues.
Any non-governmental entity that makes grants is eligible to become a full organizational a member upon application to and acceptance by the organization.
How can I become a member?
If you are a workforce development grantmaker and wish to join Workforce Matters, click the button below and we will add you to our email list.