Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative

Please note: As the foundation implements its equity strategy, we are taking a close look at our special programs, initiatives, and funding collaboratives. Please watch this space for information about the future direction of this work.

The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC), an Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation, is a nationally recognized collaborative led by local and national foundations to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty or out of work. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to strengthen the workforce development system to create pathways to good jobs and to better meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults.

Housed at The San Francisco Foundation, BAWFC is currently a partnership of 6 philanthropic foundations that leverages public and private investments to strengthen and expand the Bay Area’s workforce system. BAWFC has made over $10 million in grants to programs that prepare low-income adults and displaced workers for jobs in high-demand industry sectors that offer family-sustaining wages and career advancement opportunities. The BAWFC also supports a complementary set of policy and advocacy efforts aimed at developing sustainable funding streams for job training programs and strengthening the regional workforce system.

Since 2008, the BAWFC has focused its investments on building the workforce training capacity of community colleges. The California Community Colleges System, which enrolls 2.9 million students annually, is the largest workforce training provider in the state. As open access institutions, community colleges are the portal through which economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals seek education and vocational training.

In 2016, the BAWFC launched a strategic planning process to assess and address the gaps and opportunities in the workforce arena, and to develop a five year action plan. Please check back for updates and please direct any questions to programs@sff.org.

 

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