The Annie E. Casey Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.4 million to organizations working to improve workforce development in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Syracuse.
In partnership with the Ballmer Group, grants were awarded through the foundation's National Fund for Workforce Solutions Initiative to organizations working to promote economic mobility among low-wage workers and address critical gaps in local workforce systems.
Recipients include the public-private Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, which works to strengthen data and knowledge sharing systems, with the goal of helping workforce providers more easily examine employment outcomes by race and gender, identify disparities, and pinpoint effective approaches for long-term employment; and regional collaborative Atlanta CareerRise, which will use the funds to research how and where workforce resources are deployed across the region, develop a uniform application process and eligibility requirements, and increase participation of nonprofit providers to deliver services in the community.
"Workforce practitioners need to know which investments are yielding results, especially for people of color," said Sara Muempfer, senior associate for the Casey Foundation's Baltimore Civic Site. "An improved data system will help stakeholders and partners determine what public and private funders are getting for their money and how to improve upon workforce services within the system."