Workforce Development

Northwest Area Foundation Awards $1M in MT, OR, WA


The Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation approved 27 grants worth $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2016, focused on advancing good jobs and financial capability by funding grantees whose work creates enterprise development, access to capital, workforce opportunity, and financial inclusion for low-income communities, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color or immigrant. In the Northwest, these grants included more than $1 million for programs in Montana, Oregon and Washington. more »

Starbucks Plans Training Centers, $1.5M Grants for Young Employees in 15 Cities


Following up on its 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Starbucks has announced two supplementary efforts "to support economic development and social change in diverse, urban communities by helping young people connect with meaningful employment and pathways to success." The first is to open stores with training centers in 15 low-income urban communities, beginning with Ferguson, Mo. and Chicago's South Side. The second is $1.5 million in Opportunity for Youth grants to 72 nonprofits in 15 U.S. cities next year, "to help young people become job-ready." more »