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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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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Daniels Fund

Funds career pathways for youth, including technical education, that result in the necessary life skills to become successful adults.

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WE Energies Foundation

The Foundation’s education funding focuses on opportunities for minorities and women and encourages partnerships between businesses, and educational institutions, and also supports career planning and youth mentorship. Makes grants up to $20,000.

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The Liberty Mutual Foundation

Supports programs that help transition-age youth move into education or careers with a special focus on those with disabilities, from low-income homes, or aging out of the foster care system. Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000.

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Duke Energy Foundation

Supports programs that develop jobs “vital to the energy economy” with a focus on helping underrepresented populations develop careers. Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000.

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