The workforce development field is focused on helping people get the technical skills and the jobs they need to sustain themselves and their family. It's about connecting employers who need skilled workers and ideally building a system of successful organizations because no one organization can do it all. Workforce development organizations must collectively understand the labor supply issues in a region and develop strategies for people to get jobs and businesses to get skilled workers.
Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, government officials, etc.) identified 17 top workforce development nonprofits (out of 151 total reviewed nonprofits) making an impact at the national level. We asked experts to recommend nonprofits focused on job retention/stability, advancement to better jobs, capacity and skill building, helping the formerly homeless, imprisoned, and hospitalized to move to work, and/or helping employers to invest in their own workforce. These nonprofits could work with various populations: adults with low literacy skills, adults or youth with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, youth, welfare recipients, businesses, or the community at large. And these nonprofits could focus on different kinds of activities: policy, research, advocacy, direct services, education, technical assistance, job training programs, etc. Specifically excluded from consideration were for-profit organizations such as head hunting and for-profit staff placement companies.
Given the economic crisis, we felt that workforce development was a very relevant and important field for our country right now. Therefore, Philanthropedia surveyed 121 national workforce development experts (with an average of 16 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest impact in the field.
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