Building on Success: Five Years of Impact 2007-2012

The National Fund is a dynamic national partnership of communities, employers, workers, and philanthropy that is transforming how low-wage workers acquire the education, training, and credentials needed to secure access to family-supporting careers.

What is the National Fund?

Involving more than 400 funders, the National Fund is working to bring to national scale, and evaluate, new ways to prepare workers - who don't have the needed skills - for careers that can support them and their families.

Regional Collaboratives

Regional funding collaboratives bring together government agencies, foundations, and other philanthropic organizations to target financial resources and strategic thinking on creating jobs and careers.

Workforce Partnerships

The regional collaboratives provide funding to the workforce partnerships, whose on-the-ground projects work directly with job seekers and entry-level employees.  More >>


A new strategic framework that will guide National Fund efforts over the next five years.



Featured Workforce Partnership

Metro Hartford Alliance for Careers in Health Care (MACH)    Hartford, CT  The National Fund invests in high-value partnerships with employers that lead to career opportunity and advancement for our nation's workers and jobseekers. MACH is helping area resident Rebecka Thayer move from unemployment to full-time Certified Nurse Aide, and addressing the skills gap in the health care sector.   LEARN MORE                                                                      


From the Blog


President Obama Announces $600 Million for Expanding Community College Partnerships, Apprenticeship Programs



By Loh-Sze Leung, executive director of SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce 


Our Impact

The National Fund is a dynamic partnership of communities, employers, workers, and philanthropy, which invests in 30 regional funder collaboratives across the country.  Our mssion is to drive, practices, policies, and investments to improve family-supporting career opportunities for low-wage and unemployed indviduals, provide employers with skilled workers, and advance local economic development. Since 2007, National Fund workforce collaboratives have served nearly 43,000 workers; brought together more than 4,000 employers; and helped establish 151 workforce partnerships.

Our Funders