Rep Patrick Tiberi(R-Ohio), chair of the House Philantrhopic Caucus, kicked off a Hill briefing Friday about the vital role and impact of public-philanthropic partnerships with a particular focus on workforce development and job training needs.
The briefing was sponsored by the Council on Foundations(cof) , a nonprofit membership assocation of grantmaking foundations and corporations established in 1949.
Stephanie J. Powers, Manging Director, Public-Philanthropic Partnership Initiative, Council on Foundations, served as the panel moderator.
Panelists included: Robert P. Giloth, Vice President of the Center for the Economic Success and Community Change, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD; Susan Crane, Executive Director Skillup Washington, Seattle Foundation; Kelly Lucas, President and CEO Community Foundation of South Wood County(Wi); Ross. P Meyer, Executive Director Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network , Cincinnati, OH; Peter S. Strange, Chairman, Messer Inc.
During this 90-minute briefing, representatives from the National Fund for Workforce Solution highlighted innovative, collaborative community efforts that are helping to drive the economic recovery by connecting thousands of individuals with job opportunities.
The National Fund provides financial support and technical assistance to promising workforce development partnerships around the country. The goal is to improve employment training and labor market outcomes for the low-income individuals.
The GCWN, the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network helps get people back to work and ensure that local businesses have the skilled workers they need to compete. It was started in 2008. The GCWN helps to prepare low-skills adults for better jobs and long-term careers in priority industries. The GCWN works to improve the employers ability to recruit, train, and advance employees to mid-level skilled jobs to fill occupational shorages.
Currently, the National Fund has 31 sites around the country.Four of these sites are in California. Nevada does not have a site.
Upcoming July 25-27 event in Kansas City will focus on rural community funding issues due to demographic shifts faced by rural communities. Foundation funds seem to be moving to more urban areas.
Presenting at this Rural Conference will be Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsac; Census Director, Robert Groves; Mil Duncan, Director of the Carsey Institute at the Univesity of New Hamprshire; Henry Bloch, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Board H&R Block; and Tom Bloch,Author of Many Happy Returns: The Story of Henry Bloch Americas’s Tax Man.
At the Rural Conference, funders will get to talk to other funders, share and contribute expertise and successful case studies, and have an opportunity to learn about tools they can use to replicate successful results in their communities.
Main topics of this conference include: Creating and Capturing Philantropic Resources in Rural Communities, Public Policy’s Role in Rural America’s Future, and Philanthropy’s Role in Building a New Rural Economy.
The Fall Conference fo Community Foundations will take place Sept 19-21 in SanFrancisco ,CA..