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 led by a group of local and national foundations focused on creating a diverse, equitable Bay Area workforce and economic system that supports high-quality jobs. Through pooled funding, it invests in innovative programs and policies that reduce barriers to employment or advancement, enhance job quality, or improve employment practices.

Housed at The San Francisco Foundation, BAWFC was launched in 2004 and is currently a partnership of 6 philanthropic foundations. 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.

BAWFC recently launched a strategic planning process to refine its priorities and determine its funding strategy for the next several years. While still being finalized, the group intends to focus on low-income, immigrant incumbent workers. Rather than funding exclusively programmatic interventions, BAWFC will intentionally take the long view and focus on systems change that will increase worker income, improve job quality, and strengthen the Bay Area workforce funding community. Please check back for updates and please direct any questions to programs@sff.org.

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