Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative

Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative

We want the Bay Area to be a place where all residents, including historically marginalized people of color, immigrants, and formerly incarcerated people, have access to quality jobs that make it possible for them to thrive — and stay in the Bay Area. Too often, jobs here don’t allow workers to earn what they need to make ends meet, let alone pursue career goals or build a nest egg. In addition, more and more new jobs are part-time, low-wage, or gig positions that don’t offer healthcare, benefits, or job security.

The Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative brings together funders, workers, advocates, and employers to build an equitable regional economy. The collaborative leverages pooled funding, convenings and collective action to shape policies and expand opportunity. Since its launch in 2004, the collaborative has deployed $16 million in pooled and aligned funding, serving more than 4,000 people in the Bay Area.

Current collaborative members include the California Wellness Foundation, the Genentech Foundation, the Grove Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropies, Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco Foundation, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the Workers Lab, Stupski Foundation and the Y&H Soda Foundation. Our work is informed by a brain trust of advisors from the worker organizing, community-based provider, public workforce, corporate and policy sectors.

We believe the Bay Area has the talent and resources it takes to lead the nation in shaping an equitable and just economy. Join us:

  • Funders: Join our collaborative so we can expand our support of workers and families.
  • Workers: Partner with us to improve opportunities and conditions for job training and employment.
  • Employers: Work with us to connect prospective workers to high quality jobs with living wages.

To learn more, please contact Rob Hope, initiative officer, at rhope[at]sff.org, or Kayla Tolentino, initiative assistant, at ktolentino[at]sff.org.