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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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation seeks to create lasting, transformational change for children through three focus areas: Thriving Children, Working Families and Equitable Communities. The Foundation makes significant investments by funding projects between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and funds projects nationwide with a focus on projects in Michigan, Mississippi, and New Orleans.

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Heistand Family Foundation

The mission of the Heistand Family Foundation is to encourage & multiply opportunities for children in poverty. The Foundation awards grants in Iowa and Nebraska, and makes grants up to $50,000.

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Henry E. Niles Foundation

The mission of the Henry E. Niles Foundation is to help in the nurturing and uplifting of people in need. Relevant program interests are education and economic self-sufficiency. The Foundation makes grants up to $50,000

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