Working to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and achieve a fair society.

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

2014 Employment Grants

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

ACT Foundation
Austin, TX $600,000
For continued management of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations. (2 yrs)
Brandon Roberts + Associates
Chevy Chase, MD $475,000
For continued funding of the Working Poor Families Project. (2 yrs)
Center for American Progress
Washington, DC $100,000
To support analysis, development, and promotion of policies to support apprenticeships. (1 yr)
Center for Law and Social Policy
Washington, DC $500,000
To support the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways and federal policy work aimed at increasing valuable educational opportunities for low-income adult workers. (20 mos)
Chicago Jobs Council
Chicago, IL $200,000
For continued advocacy and technical support for initiatives to integrate workforce development programs with both adult basic education services and economic development strategy across Illinois, but with a focus on the Chicago area; and for planning related to the departure of the longstanding Executive Director. (1 yr)
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Chicago, IL $360,000
For outreach to employers to build partnerships for the LearningCounts service, and for a partnership with a behavioral science firm to increase the effectiveness of LearningCounts in serving low-skilled adults. (2 yrs)
Education Growth Advisors
Stamford, CT $250,000
To produce a research report on the market for learning technologies for adults. (1 yr)
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Washington, DC $400,000
To conduct research and to provide technical assistance to state government officials on effective use of data systems for aligning the education and workforce development systems, and making data-informed investments. (2 yrs)
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.
Chicago, IL $300,000
To develop best practices in expanding the German model of dual education for vocational training in the Great Lakes region. (2 yrs)
Indiana Community Action Association
Indianapolis, IN $200,000
For continued support of the Indiana Institute for Working Families and its Skills2Compete campaign. (2 yrs)
Santa Fe, NM $500,000
To launch and evaluate a skill-based hiring effort in Northeast Ohio. (2 yrs)
Jobs for the Future
Boston, MA $250,000
To support the dissemination of findings from the Accelerating Opportunity research demonstration project. (3 yrs)
Jobs for the Future
Boston, MA $310,000
For continued management of the Congressional Staff Network for Workforce Development and Economic Security. (2 yrs)
Seattle, WA $125,000
To the support the Chicago-launch and national activities around the Future at Work initiative. (1 yr)
National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies
Washington, DC $450,000
To provide support to sites testing technologies for adult learning as part of a previously approved grant to SRI International. (18 mos)
National Skills Coalition
Washington, DC $850,000
To support federal workforce policy advocacy; technical assistance to state workforce reform coalitions and policymakers; and national initiatives such as Business Leaders United and the Workforce Data Quality Campaign. (2 yrs)
Skills For Chicagoland's Future
Chicago, IL $150,000
To support evaluation activities and sharing of lessons learned. (1 yr)
SRI International
Menlo Park, CA $1,100,000
For an evaluation of the effectiveness of technology-enabled learning strategies to promote basic skill development for adults. (2 yrs)
Stanford University
Stannford, CA $435,000
To design, test and evaluate "mindset" interventions intended to increase the education and employment outcomes of adult learners in various post-secondary education settings. (2 yrs)
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY $300,000
To support a collaborative research project between Columbia's Community College Research Center, City Colleges of Chicago, and the Civic Consulting Alliance to improve City College student education and employment outcomes. (2 yrs)
The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $300,000
For continued support for Skills for America's Future. (2 yrs)
The Manufacturing Institute
Washington, DC $135,000
For continued work promoting use of national skills credentials in the manufacturing sector. (1 yr)
Women Employed Institute
Chicago, IL $500,000
For policy advocacy and for system reform efforts to ensure that low-income, low-skilled adults can obtain postsecondary credentials with economic value. (2 yrs)

Latest News From The Employment Program

10/15/2015 9:40:00 AM

Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education

A new report released by Tyton Partners examines the technology gap in adult education.

9/28/2015 4:54:00 PM

2015 Shifting Gears Report Released

New workforce development strategies in 3 Midwestern states chart path for low-skilled adult workers to gain foothold in changing economy.


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.


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