Northwest Area Foundation

This foundation supports job training that leads to high-paying jobs specifically within Native American communities as well as programs that train communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas.

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Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

This foundation supports economic justice as part of its social justice work, which could include job training programs for populations that have traditionally been excluded from craft careers.

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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Supports “ideas and solutions designed to imrove education, boost entrepreneurship, and help communities and individuals thrive.” Career and Employment Readiness is a major portion of the funder’s Education focus. Very strong preference for Greater Kansas City Metro Area.

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Knight Foundation

Workforce development work falls under the Foundation’s “engaged community” focus are, which seeks to create communities where “people are attached to the place where they live and are invested in the community’s future,” including local pathways to economic opportunity.

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MetLife Foundation

One of the Foundation’s three focus areas is “Economic Inclusion” which focuses giving on programs that “Empower young people and adults to develop workforce skills and an entrepreneurial mindset”

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Kresge Foundation

The foundation’s “Human Services” funding area focuses on increasing social economic mobility for people with low incomes. The foundation issues Calls for Proposals periodically; potential applicants should subscribe to the foundation’s newsletter to stay informed of specific funding opportunities.

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