Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Employment Grantees

2013 Employment Grants

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
Chicago, IL $45,000
To support the National Transitional Jobs Network. (1 yr)


Brandon Roberts + Associates
Chevy Chase, MD $150,000
To document the final outcomes from the three Shifting Gears continuation states. (2 yrs)

The Public Agenda Foundation
New York, NY $100,000
To support work with key stakeholders to help develop a more coordinated approach to adult education delivery in Chicago. (1 yr)


Chicago Community Foundation
Chicago, IL $400,000
To support the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance. (2 yrs)

Indianapolis, IN $700,000
To launch Hire Up Indy. (2 yrs)

Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN)
Indianapolis, IN $50,000
For continued support of its Career Pipelines Project. (1 yr)


Indiana State Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc.
Indianapolis, IN $100,000
To support phase three of the Indiana Skills Project. (1 yr)


ACT Foundation
Austin, TX $150,000
To launch the National Network of Business and Industry Associations in partnership with the Business Roundtable. (1 yr)

American Association of Community Colleges
Washington, DC $135,000
To support a strategic partnership with Skills for America's Future to expand effective industry-community college training partnerships. (3 yrs)

The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $100,000
To support Skills for America's Future. (1 yr)

The Collaboratory LLC
Silver Spring, MD $300,000
For continued funding of the Community College Transformative Change Initiative. (2 yrs)

Jobs for the Future
Boston, MA, $600,000
For continued support of the CareerSTAT initiative and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. (2 yrs)

The Saint Paul Foundation
Saint Paul, MN $300,000
To support the launch of the Twin Cities Workforce Funders Collaborative. (2 yrs)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Madison, WI $300,000
To support a joint initiative with the Health Care Advancement Program to advance practice and policy in healthcare workforce development through labor-management partnerships. (2 yrs)


Burlingame, CA $165,000
To support an adult learning literacy, numeracy and basic job skills writing and research project, hosted on, to identify leading tools and programs. (1 yr)

Hope Street Group
Prescott, AZ $110,000
To begin development of an interactive labor market information platform to help young adults without four-year degrees get on a path to middle-skill jobs with family-sustaining wages. (1 yr)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA $610,000
To develop new technology-enabled approaches to help adult learners acquire essential skills and expand their learning capacity. (2 yrs)

National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies
Washington, DC $650,000
To establish itself as the leading intermediary organization working to promote quality digital learning opportunities for adults. (2 yrs)

New America Foundation
Washington, DC $300,000
For research, policy analysis and a public education effort to improve the way that college-level learning is recognized, credited and financed.(2 yrs)

Nonprofit Finance Fund
Boston, MA $60,000
To organize and facilitate a convening to identify key learnings from a recent U.S. Department of Labor grant related to innovative financing structures for workforce programs, and to produce a white paper about those learnings. (1 yr)

Latest News From The Employment Program


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